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TCoH 4 Part 2: researching China for the Chinese story

Juli 2, 2017

Remember when I wrote about my obsession with geography? Yes, now I’m gonna use my obsession with the subject to research China for the next TCoH 4 Part 2 story.

China, the most populous country in the world, dominates much of East Asia and borders more countries than any other in this planet, bordering Russia, Mongolia, North Korea, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. Area-wise, China is the 2nd largest country if you count only Mainland China, or the 3rd or 4th by total area, if you count the disputed Spratly Islands.

Capital: Beijing
Largest city: Shanghai
Official and national language: Standard Chinese
Recognized regional language: Mongolian, Tibetan, Uyghur, Zhuang, and various others
Ethnic groups: 91.51% Han Chinese, 8.49% other groups
Religion: 52.2% irreligious, 21.9% folk religions, 18.2% Buddhists, 5.1% Christians, 1.8% Muslims, 0.9% other religions
Currency: Chinese yuan (CNY)
(source taken by Wikipedia with permission)

In addition to its 22 provinces, China also houses 5 autonomous regions: Tibet, Guangxi, Ningxia, Xinjiang, and Inner Mongolia. Tibet houses most of the Tibetan people. Guangxi is home to the largest Zhuang population. Ningxia is populated by the Muslim Hui people. Xinjiang is inhabited by the Uyghur people, who are culturally the least Chinese-looking people in China, and Inner Mongolia houses the largest Mongol population outside of Mongolia.

Ever since the Xinhai Revolution that sparked in 1911, China looks different than what we learned in 11th grade history. Pu Yi was its last emperor, and Dr. Sun Yat-sen became its first president. It all started from the Opium War, in which where the Chinese Emperor burned crates of British opium, which triggered the Brits’ anger and sparked a war between them. China had to give up Formosa and Hong Kong to the British Empire, and after Dr. Sun Yat-sen became president, China became a republic. Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s principle is “san min chui” – nationalism, socialism, and democracy.

Name a few things from China!
Giant pandas, the Himalayas, noodles, rice, dragons, moon cakes, Chinese lanterns, color red, lion dance, slanted-eyed people (no offense), kung fu, yin and yang, Taoism, Confucianism, the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, dragon boats, hoisin sauce, the Yellow River, and many more.

In TCoH 4 Part 2, we will witness our Heroes Fina, Rifat, and Khalisha being held hostage and looking at the Z-Crystal factory in Nanning, Guangxi. They have to walk a long way from Beijing to Shanghai. They will venture all the way from Beijing, held hostage in Guangxi, hale a taxi to Xinjiang, take a camel cart from the region, then to Qinghai, yadda yadda yadda, before eventually reaching Shanghai for the next trial.

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