Hip Guide to China


Hip Guide to China
China is huge and diverse, from icy mountain ranges and plunging rivers to tropical rainforests, The 1.35 billion Chinese manage to mostly get along in their 3.7 million square miles of land area. Crowded to say the least.
China has become the economic powerhouse of recent times by manufacturing anything and everything for everyone everywhere on the planet. The toll on society and the environment is tremendous yet many Chinese are becoming stunningly rich and traveling the world, a remarkable transformation and turn around from the era of Chairman Mao!
Long known for its network of railways to get around the vastness of China, now there are many modern highways for the millions of new cars hitting the roads increasingly every day. Airports also serve the major and not-so-major destinations of interest. Catering to western tourists is much better these days, and there is an amazing assortment of hotels to choose from here.
Whether you come for a quick visit or extended tour, you will find a wealth of information about destinations here. The Hip Guide to China offers the highlights of the country, and contains many tips for making your stay here more rewarding.The Hip Guide to China is your source for hotel reservations, tourist information, events, reviews, shopping and much more! Don’t forget to visit our China Photo Gallery! Bookmark this site, and visit whenever you need to find out what’s happening in China.THIS SITE IS INTERACTIVE! You can participate by adding your own reviews, comments, stories or event listings. Don’t forget to tell your friends about us!

China Geography and Climate

China ranges from mostly plateaus and mountains in the west to lower lands in the east. Principal rivers flow from west to east, including the Yangtze (central), the Huang He (Yellow river, north-central), and the Amur (northeast), and sometimes toward the south (including the Pearl River, Mekong River, and Brahmaputra), with most Chinese rivers emptying into the Pacific Ocean.

In the east, along the shores of the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea there are extensive and densely populated alluvial plains. On the edges of the Inner Mongolian plateau in the north, grasslands can be seen. Southern China is dominated by hills and low mountain ranges. In the central-east are the deltas of China’s two major rivers, the Huang He and Yangtze River. Most of China’s arable lands lie along these rivers; they were the centers of China’s major ancient civilizations. Other major rivers include the Pearl River, Mekong, Brahmaputra and Amur. Yunnan Province is considered a part of the Greater Mekong Subregion, which also includes Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

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Chinese Languages

Most languages in China belong to the Sino-Tibetan language family, spoken by 29 ethnicities. There are also several major “dialects” within the Chinese language itself. The most spoken dialects are Mandarin (spoken by over 70% of the population), Wu (Shanghainese), Yue (Cantonese), Min, Xiang, Gan, and Hakka. Non-Sinitic languages spoken widely by ethnic minorities include Zhuang (Thai), Mongolian, Tibetan, Uyghur (Turkic), Hmong and Korean.

 

Putonghua (Standard Mandarin, literally Common Speech) is the official language and is based on the Beijing dialect of the Mandarin group of dialects spoken in northern and southwestern China. Standard Mandarin is the medium… Continue reading

Religion in China

The People’s Republic of China is officially secular and atheist, but does allow personal religion or supervised religious organization. Buddhism (Chinese: 佛教; pinyin: Fójiào) and Taoism (Chinese: 道教; pinyin: Dàojiào), along with an underlying Confucian morality, have been the dominant religions of Chinese society for almost two millennia. Personal religion is more widely tolerated in the PRC today, resurrecting interest in Buddhism, Islam, and Taoism. The main Buddhism tradition practiced by the Chinese is Mahayana Buddhism (Chinese: 大乘; pinyin: Dàshèng). Its subsets Pure Land (Chinese: 淨土宗; pinyin: jìng tǔ zōng) and Chan (Simplified Chinese: 禅宗; Traditional Chinese: 禪宗; pinyin: Chánzōng)… Continue reading
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