China (i/ˈtʃaɪnə/; Chinese: 中国; pinyin: Zhōngguó; see also Names of China), officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), is a country in East Asia. It is the world's most populous country, with a population of over 1.3 billion. The PRC is a single-party state governed by the Communist Party of China with its seat of government in the capital city of Beijing. It exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities (Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Chongqing), and two mostly self-governing special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macau). The PRC also claims Taiwan—which is controlled by the Republic of China (ROC), a separate political entity—as its 23rd province, a claim controversial due to the complex political status of Taiwan and the unresolved Chinese Civil War.
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1848) The first direct European contacts with China occurred during the reign of Zhengde ... explorers Jorge Álvares and Rafael Perestrello landed in southern China and traded with the Chinese merchants of Tuen Mun and Guangzhou ... which allowed Portugal to establish Macau as their trading base in China ...
... China is the largest unitary state in the world by both population and land area ... Although China has had long periods of central rule for centuries, it is often argued that the unitary structure of the Chinese government is far too unwieldy to effectively and equitably manage the country's ... that the degree of autonomy given to provincial-level officials in the People's Republic of China amounts to a de facto federalism ...
... In the People's Republic of China, Chinese tabloids have exploded in popularity since the mid-1990s and have tested the limits of press censorship by taking editorial positions critical of the government and by ...
... car-free shopping, eating and entertainment district of Shanghai, China ... It is considered one of the first lifestyle centers in China ... Xintiandi is the location of the site of the first congress of and the Communist Party of China, now preserved at the Museum of the First National Congress of the Chinese ...
... Wuhan is one of the birthplaces of the brilliant ancient Chu Culture in China ... opera, which is the local opera of Wuhan area, was one of China's oldest and most popular operas ... Hui opera, gave birth to Peking opera, the most popular opera in modern China ...
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- (noun): Dishware made of china.
- (noun): High quality porcelain originally made only in China.
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“Anyone who tries to keep track of what is happening in China is going to end up by wearing all the skin of his left ear from twirling around on it.”
—Robert Benchley (18891945)
“The roof of England fell
Great Paris tolled her bell
And China staunched her milk and wept for bread”
—Karl Shapiro (b. 1913)
“Consider the China pride and stagnant self-complacency of mankind. This generation inclines a little to congratulate itself on being the last of an illustrious line; and in Boston and London and Paris and Rome, thinking of its long descent, it speaks of its progress in art and science and literature with satisfaction.... It is the good Adam contemplating his own virtue.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)