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China is a land of pagodas and terraced rice-fields...oxen, water buffalo and giant duck-ponds...people in conical hats playing cards and sleeping under shady banyan trees.

Depending on where you go, China could be a tremendously cheap place to live, but you would need to have a pioneering spirit--and also a commitment to learn Chinese.

Fast Facts

Population: 1,349,585,838 (July 2013 est.)

Capital City: Beijing

Climate: Extremely diverse; tropical in south to subarctic in north

Time Zone: UTC+8 (13 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)

Source: CIA World Fact Book

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