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Where is China?

map showing the location of China

Located in the continent of Asia, China covers 9,569,901 square kilometers of land and 27,060 square kilometers of water, making it the 4th largest nation in the world with a total area of 9,596,961 square kilometers.

China was founded as a distinct and original nation in 1368. The population of China is 1,343,239,923 (2012) and the nation has a density of 140 people per square kilometer.

The currency of China is the Yuan Renminbi (CNY). As well, the people of China are refered to as Chinese.

The dialing code for the country is 86 and the top level internet domain for Chinese sites is .cn.

China shares land borders with 16 countries: Kazakhstan, Russia, North Korea, India, Mongolia, Burma, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macao, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Tajikistan.

To learn more, visit our detailed China section.

Quick facts

Population 1,343,239,923
Density 140.4 / km2 ( 363.5 / mi2 )
Language Chinese
Independence Year 1368
Capital Beijing (Beijing)
Currency Yuan Renminbi
GDP 10,400,000,000,000 (2014 data)
GDP per Capita 7,742 (2014 data)
Land Area 9,569,901 km2 (3,694,958 mi2)
Water Area 27,060 km2 (10,448 mi2)
Neighbouring Countries Viet Nam, Kazakhstan, North Korea, India, Nepal, Mongolia, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Russia
Minimum Longitude 73.560
Maximum Longitude 134.780
Mininum Latitude 18.160
Maximum Latitude 53.560
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What is the capital of China?

map showing the location of China
Location of Beijing on a map.

Beijing is the capital city of China. It has a population of 11,716,620, and is located on a latitue of 39.91 and longitude of 116.4.

Beijing is also the political center of China, which is considered a Republic, and home to its Executive head of state.

Quick Facts About Beijing, the Capital Of China

City Beijing
Country China
Population 11,716,620
Longitude 116.39723000
Latitude 39.90750000
Elevation 49 meters over sea level

Most popular cities in China

Rank City Population
#1Shanghai22,315,474
#2Beijing11,716,620
#3Tianjin11,090,314
#4Guangzhou11,071,424
#5Shenzhen10,358,381
#6Wuhan9,785,388
#7Dongguan8,000,000
#8Chongqing7,457,600
#9Chengdu7,415,590
#10Nanjing7,165,292
#11Nanchong7,150,000
#12Xi'an6,501,190
#13Shenyang6,255,921
#14Hangzhou6,241,971
#15Harbin5,878,939
#16Tai'an5,499,000
#17Shantou5,329,024
#18Jinan4,335,989
#19Zhengzhou4,253,913
#20Changchun4,193,073

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This page was last modified on October 2, 2015.