Area: 9.597 million square kilometres
Population: 1.357 billion
Head of state: Chairman Xi Jinping
State system: A socialist (Communist) republic
- China for centuries led the world in scientific thought, inventing the compass, gunpowder, porcelain, paper, printing, stirrups and silk.
- China is home to one of the Wonders of the World — the Great Wall of China — the largest architectural monument in history preserved since ancient times.
- The 1.795-kilometre Grand Canal of China is the oldest and longest canal in the world, dotted with 24 castles and spanned by over 60 bridges.
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