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.

Sat 21st Jan

New Year migration begins

With Chinese New Yea on Saturday 28th January (a Rooster year) the largest mass migration on Earth begins in earnest. The tradition of going back to your ancestral family home continues in China. It is estimated there will be 2.98 billion trips over the whole holiday period with many taking more than a week away with their families. It is not all that surprising that Hainan island is proving one of the hardest to reach destinations. Travel times can be over 33 hours as it has poor train connections and there is very high demand. It is the time of year for foreign tourists to stay away!


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Giant Pandas of China

Giant Pandas of China

Culture

The emblematic Giant Panda acts as China's ambassador in many leading zoos around the world. A captive breeding programme has proved effective in bringing the cutest of animals back from the brink of extinction.

In terms of altitude 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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