The cultivation of rice for food has been carried out in China for the last 10,000 years. Over this time about 50,000 different varieties have been bred selectively for every possible soil and climate type. Recently it has proved cheaper to import rice rather than grow it in China, so rather surprisingly China is a major importer of this staple food.
China has deserts, mountains, lakes, rain forests and almost every other type of geographical feature you can think of. The country is made up of dozens of distinct regions with their own geology and climate.
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