chinaat a glanceSymbols:Animal The giant panda is con-sidered a Chinese national trea-sure. Around 1,000 survive in the wild mostly in Sichuan Province. Flower China does not have an "official" national flower, but the tree peony can be regarded as a national favoriteBird More bird species live in China than any other place in the world. Tree The oldest tree in the world is China's gingko, which first appeared during the Ju-rasic Age some 160 million years ago.National Day: Chinese celebrate October 1st as Nation-al Day in honor of the found-ing of the People's Republic of China on October 1st, 1949.Land Size: China has a landmass of 9,600,000 sq. km., making it the 3rd largest in the worldBorder Countries: Ko-rea, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakh-stan, Kyrgystan, Tadzhikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos and VietnamReligions: The number of religious worshippers in China is estimated at well over 100 mil-lion, most of whom follow Bud-dhism. Other major religions are Daoism, Islam and ChristianityClimate: Extremely diverse; tropical in the south to sub-arctic in the north.National Flag: Red flag with five starsFamous CanadiansDr. Norman Bethune was born in Ontario and was a great doctor who made important contributions to military medi-cine based on this experienc-es as a battlefield doctor with the People's Liberation Army in the 1930's. His dedication to his field and his patients is still today greatly admired in China.Formal Name: People's Republic of China (PRC)Capital: BeijingPopulation: 1,338 Billion (2009 est.)Currency: Renminbi (RMB)/yuan 1RMB = 0.151US$ (est.)Visa: Tourist visas are required by everyone entering China which will allow holders to travel freely in most parts of China. Available from Chinese Consulates, select travel agencies or visa agencies.
Explore China's Extraordinary China has a long history of cultural heritage which has always been attractive to tourists. Traveling to the land of ethnic minorities in Chi-na is a special experience. It provides just what an increasing number of tourists are demanding now -- real contact with their destination.Guizhou Province is home to dozens of ethnic minority groups. Guizhou Province is unfamiliar to many travelers and tourists. However, the pe-culiar natural scenery, remarkable national cus-toms, brilliant history, culture and the pleasant climate condition form a unique, aboriginal, un-sophisticated and mysterious landscape which is attracting more and more tourists, both domestic and international. One of the largest ethnic mi-nority groups is the Miao. Over 3 million people, half of China's Miao population, live in Guizhou. With a history of over 4,000 years, the Miao are one of the oldest of China's minority groups. Liv-ing mainly in mountainous regions, the Miao people live off farming and animal husbandry. They are famous for their hospitality and com-munity spirits. Families will work on each other's farms during harvesting or planting seasons and during construction projects, half of the village will show up to help on the project. As with all Chinese minority groups, the Miao have distinctive and beautiful clothing. Of special note are the headdresses worn by the women. Because the Miao people did not have a