Area: 3,705,407 square miles
Languages: Standard Chinese (Mandarin) is the official language; Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghaiese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese) are also spoken, along with various Chinese dialects
Location: China is bordered by Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, India, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Vietnam.
Geography: The geography of China must be viewed in terms of its grand proportions. China's vast area of nearly 4 million square miles ranks third behind Russia and Canada. The Himalayas on China's border with India are the world's tallest mountains. More than two-thirds of China’s land area is mountainous or desert.
Religions: Taoist, Buddhist, Christian 3%-4%, Muslim 1%-2%
Time zone:China is on Beijing Time, twelve hours ahead of U.S. EST. When it is 6am in New York, it is 6pm in Beijing.