This Wednesday, our Chinese Academy organized a Chinese geography class, which located in Southeast Asia along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. China is the world’s third largest country, after Russia and Canada. Our Chinese teacher, Rose, gave a vivid presentation about how the landscape is divided and which food belongs to which region.
With an area of 9.6 million square kilometers and a coastline of 18,000 kilometers, its shape on the map is like a rooster. It reaches Mohe in Heilongjiang Province as its northern end, Zengmu Ansha (or James Shoal) to the south, Pamirs to the west, and expands to the eastern border at the conjunction of the Heilongjiang (Amur) River and the Wusuli (Ussuri) River, spanning about 50 degrees of latitude and 62 degrees of longitude.
China is bordered by 14 countries — Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakstan, Mongolia, and Russia. Marine-side neighbors include eight countries — North Korea, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Although the physical features are as described, people tend to divide China into four regions, that is, the North, South, Northwest and the Qinghai-Tibetan areas. Because of geographical differences, residents of each region have distinctive life styles and customs.
China has numerous rivers and lakes. According to statistics, more than 50,000 rivers have drainage areas that exceed 100 square kilometers. More than 1,500 rivers exceed 1,000 square kilometers. These rivers can also be classified as exterior and interior rivers. The Yangtze, the longest in China and even in Asia, is the third-longest in the world. The Yellow River, “Mother River of the Chinese People” is just behind the Yangtze. Both of these rivers flow into the Pacific Ocean. The Yarlung Zangbo River belongs to the Indian Ocean water system, and the Irtysh River to the Arctic Ocean. On the other side, the interior rivers drain less area than the exterior ones.
Chinese Geography Activity
The China map puzzle helped students have a general idea about Chinese geography. Colorful pictures of animals, plants, and other natural features are marked in each area of the country. Students can see where pandas come from, and where you can find camels, tigers, and other interesting animals. Of course, food will be given at the end as a reward for the best group.
China has 33 provincial level administrative units. Some are well known outside of China, like Hong Kong and Beijing, while others are not. Learning all of them is a daunting task, but this puzzle game is very helpful. After students take this geography quiz a couple of times, you will find that it is far easier to keep all the names and locations straight.