A large country.
China, as defined today, is the third largest country in the world behind Russia and Canada. Its vast territory has brought it immeasurable wealth. With its many neighboring countries and regions, it is impossible to consider China the same size as England or any other European country.
With a diverse territory, the Chinese terrain consists of three levels going from east to west. First, the eastern plateau starts in the coastal zone. Second, you go up a level to get to the mountains and plateaus of Inner Mongolia, Loess, Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan. Third, you’ll arrive at the roof of the world which refers to the Tibetan plateau. The diversity of the terrain explains the varied ethnic groups that live there and the differences of their culture and tradition, each of them acclimating to the environment.
Something exceptional is the fact that 1/15 of the area of China’s territory can be cultivated, which is enough to feed 1/6 of the world population. The landscape is also diverse. In comparison, Canada, another large country, does not have the same natural wealth as China. In China, there are arid deserts, rain forests, plains, steppes, mountains and other natural resources that make it a paradise for nature lovers.
With about 9.6 million square kilometers, the Chinese territory covers a large part of the Asian continent, far ahead of India. If this size is compared to the European Union than the only two countries that wouldn’t disappear beneath are Spain and Portugal in the south west and north of Scandinavian countries. Part of Russia with Moscow, St. Petersburg and Arkhangelsk are even taken into account. The entire Chinese territory extends over 5,500 kilometers from north to south 5,200 km from west to east, which is equivalent to more than 17 times the size of France.
There are many vast territories in Asia that are neighboring countries of China. There are Russia and Mongolia in the north, whose boundaries were assumed to have ended a conflict that began in 2004. Among the 14 neighboring countries, there are North Korea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Laos, and Vietnam.
China is also bordered by 14,500 kilometers of water, including the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea and South China Sea.
Similarly, each country has various regions, however, the size of China appears like a combination of small countries. China has 23 provinces, 5 autonomous regions, 4 municipalities and 2 administrative regions. It is also home to a total of 56 national minority groups. In comparison, the European Union is composed of only 28 countries.
Some Chinese provinces are also larger than European countries. For example, the region of Sichuan (including Chongqing), in western China, is the same size as France but has a much larger population.