Basic Facts about China
- Population: 1.35 billion (UN, 2012)
- Capital: Beijing
- Largest City: Shanghai
- Religion: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism
- GDP per Capita: 5,444.79 USD (2011)
- GDP Growth Rate: 9.3% annual change (2011). Averaging 10% per year.
- Main exports: Manufactured products eg. textiles, clothes, electronics, arms.
- 206 BC – 220 AD – Han Dynasty: Considered China’s first cultural “golden age” and first government to rule the entire area of what is now modern day China. Coincided with economic growth, Confucianism as a state philosophy and the first accounts of Buddhism in China. (http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/hand/hd_hand.htm)
- 1271-1368 – Genghis Khan’s Grandson Kublai Khan conquers China after generations of fighting between the Mongols and the Chinese. Khan establishes the Yuan Dynasty. The Italian explorer Marco Polo and other historical Westerners visit via the silk road. Beijing becomes the capital of a unified China. (http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/654422/Yuan-dynasty) (http://history.howstuffworks.com/historical-figures/who-was-marco-polo.htm)
- 1368 – Mongols are overthrown. Agriculture and the arts…
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