Cultural Class-Geography of China

  • May 17, 2019
 

Chinese geography class at Chinese language school

This Wednesday, the Chinese Academy held a cultural class about the geography of China. Chinese teacher Rose talked about the diversity of landscapes, the characteristics of each region, and also which foods and dishes the regions were known for. As China is the third largest country in the world – after Russia and Canada, respectively – there was much to learn about.

Chinese Geography

China has an area of 9.6 mill km2 and its coastline spans about 18,000 kilometers. If you look at a map the shape of the country resembles that of 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.

students learning about the map and landscape of China

China shares borders with 14 countries: Mongolia, North Korea, Russia, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakstan.

foreign students learning about China's physical features

It is common to divide China into four regions: North, Northwest, South, and the Qinghai-Tibetan areas. Because of geographical differences, residents of each region have distinctive lifestyles and customs.

physical map of China and two girls

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.

students reading the geography map of Chinaassembling a China map puzzle

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.

students learning the provinces of ChinaChinese provinces puzzle

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.

students learning about geographymap of China puzzle

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