The Geography of China by Britannica Educational Publishing

By Britannica Educational Publishing

With its flourishing metropolises, China has become pointed out with city lifestyles and speedy technological development. but a lot of its panorama additionally boasts groups sustained through wondrous average assets, which give a contribution to the scenic and non secular great thing about the kingdom in addition to its fiscal productiveness. inside those pages, readers are invited to journey China’s towns, villages, and geographical region. They’ll stopover at the traditional and artifical landmarks that exhibit as a lot concerning the heritage of this colossal state as its geography.

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The country has oil reserves, as well as natural gas. Rivers remain important sources of hydroelectric power. There are many world-famous tourist attractions in China. Among them is the world’s longest human-made waterway, the Grand Canal (Da Yunhe). Begun in the 4th century BCE and expanded over the centuries, the canal is 1,085 miles (1,747 km) long and links Hangzhou (in the south) with Beijing (in the north). It is still being used to transport goods. China has always been vulnerable to invasion from the north.

2. Historic sites—China. 3. Sacred space—China. 4. China—History, Local. I. Pletcher, Kenneth. 1—dc22 2010002170 Cover: The main tourist street in Yangshuo with the famous karsts (steep hills) of Guangxi province in the background. Ed Freeman/Photodisc/Getty Images; p. 18: Fisherman with cormorant on bamboo raft on the Li River in Guilin, Guangxi province, China. Dennis Cox/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images; back cover: Summer Palace in Beijing. com/Nikada. Page 18: Fisherman with cormorant on bamboo raft on the Li River in Guilin, Guangxi Province, China.

The longest river in Asia, it is the third longest river in the world—3,915 miles (6,300 km). It is also has the greatest depth of any river in the world—in some spots it is as much as 500 to 600 feet (150 to 180 m) deep. Over history, the Yangtze has been responsible for many devastating floods along its fertile, highly populated banks. The Xi is the most southern of China’s great river systems; it flows from the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau past picturesque mountains and into the Pearl River Delta, where it meets with two other rivers and flows into the South China Sea at Guangzhou.

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