China, the country with whom our relationship is deeper than oceans, higher than mountains and sweeter than honey has been marking the 21st century as Asian century. Here are few interesting facts about it,
It is the world’s most populous nation
The mainland Chinese population is currently at 1.39 billion people as of mid-2015. This means that roughly 1in every 5 people in the world is Chinese. This number only applies to the population of mainland China, and does not include its other territories like Hong Kong, Macau, or the neighboring island of Taiwan – which is historically part of China.
It is the 4th largest country in the world in terms of land area
China occupies a vast portion of continental Asia, with almost all geographical landforms thrown in the mix. It is the world’s largest nation next to Russia – its northern neighbor, Canada and the United States both in North America.
It is the world’s oldest civilization still existing
China boasts of having the oldest civilization in the world. While India has also laid claim to this title, it can be said that very few countries in the world can state that Chinese civilization NEVER reached their shores. Indeed, all of the world’s nations had been influenced by China at one point.
It has the world’s largest standing army
China’s army is around 3.5 million strong. This includes some 2.3 million active military troops, 510,000 reserved men, 660,000 paramilitary men, and several thousand more currently under training. China is also one of the world’s few nations with nuclear weapon technology and capability.
The Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure that can be seen from outer space
The Great Wall of China was constructed 2,000 years ago to prevent the entry of violent nomadic peoples who could potentially wreak havoc once they get to enter China. It was continuously built for many more centuries and upon completion, is the only man-made structure that astronauts can actually see and view from outer space.