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Welcome to China

Updated: January 17, 2006, 3:56 AM ET
By Joe Connor | Special to ESPN.com

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Location: Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, between North Korea and Vietnam Size: 3,705,386 square miles, or slightly smaller than the U.S. Population: 1.3 billion (largest in the world) People: Han Chinese (93%), plus 55 ethnic minorities; Mandarin, Cantonese Language: Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghaiese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, ...

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