China's Geography : its Mountains, Basins, Rivers and Plains

Tibetan Plateau Yunnan - Guizhou Plateau Inner Mongolian Plateau Loess Plateau Himalayan Mountains Altay Mountains Tianshan Mountains Kunlun Mountains Karakoram Mountains Qingling Mountains Nanling Mountains Changbai Mountains Khingan Mountains Hengduan Mountains Wuyi Shan Mountains Northeastern Plain North China Plain Tarim Basin Junggar Basin Sichuan Basin Shandong Peninsula
Geography of China

China is a very diverse country with many distinct geographical regions. It has deserts, high mountains, grasslands, tropical forests and almost every other geographical feature that you can think of.

The Peoples of China

The Peoples of China

China

China although predominately populated with the Han Chinese, has over 100 million people identified as belonging to other ethnic minorities. However these people are concentrated in the less densely populated 'fringes' of China so may form the majority in certain areas. Tensions with other peoples has been a cause of troubles throughout China's long history and continue to this day in Tibet and Xinjiang.
Delicious Chinese food

Delicious Chinese food

Culture

All about the history, health benefits of Chinese cuisine; also the etiquette of formal banquets. We also highlight the many regional specialities that can be found throughout China.

The general rule is that the terrain falls in steps from the high Tibetan plateau in the south west to the flat North Coastal plain in the north east. Three great rivers run vaguely west to east to divide the nation into three east-west zones, the Huang He (Yellow River); Chang Jiang (Yangzi River) and Yu Jiang (Pearl River). Northern China is dominated by flat plains and coastlines while Southern China is mountainous with a rocky coastline. The usual line taken to divide Northern from Southern China is the course of the Huai River which runs through Henan and Anhui. The lack of rain in Western China is one of the most important features of China's climate (see separate climate section).

Hover the mouse over an area in the map, an information box will pop-up with details of the regions of China.

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