China is one of the oldest countries in the world. It has nearly 5,000 years of history!

China is most populous country in the world with over 1.3 billion of people.

Beijing is the capital city of China. There are many historical buildings in Beijing.

Beijing was the city that hosted the 2008 Olympic Games.

The other big cities include Shanghai (where the World Expo was held), and Hong Kong.

These are the modern new buildings in Beijing!

City life

The economy developed rapidly in China in the recent years.

There are many businesses and factories in China nowadays.

People are enjoying busy city lives in big cities such as Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Left: A new shopping centre in Beijing
Right: Victoria harbour, Hong Kong

Chinese animals

Far from the busy cities, there are lots of unusual animals living in China.

There are only very few pandas in China, only about 1,600 left!

People do a lot of work to protect them.

Other precious animals that live in China include golden-haired monkeys, red-crowned cranes and rare porpoises.


Left: Pandas
Middle: golden-haired monkeys
Right: red-crowned cranes

Chinese family culture

The idea of 'family' is very strong in the Chinese culture.

Children must respect the elders such as their parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles.

Young people have to speak to the elders in proper manners and give seats to the elders.

A Chinese family gathering with 3 generations.

Chinese food

Chinese people use chopsticks to eat. This takes time to practise!

Chinese people love to eat rice and noodles.

Can you name the following Chinese food?

Delicious spring rolls, dumplings and fried noodles!

Chinese history

China is one of the world's oldest civilisation. This year (2011) is the 4,706th year in the Lunar calendar!

In the older days, there were Kings and Queens.

The King was the most powerful person in the country. He lived in a huge palace and enjoyed a luxury life.

The colour of yellow and the dragon represents the King.

There were no Kings anymore about 100 years ago and China has a government instead.

Today, you can still see one of the palaces in Beijing. There are 999 rooms in there!


The Fobidden City, Imperial Palace in Beijing