With almost 1.4 billion inhabitants China is the world's most populous country and the second largest by size.
is very diverse with deserts, tropical forests, towering mountains and long rivers like the Yangtze.
Much later the Jiahu people cultivated rice and developed the world's first writing.
From 3000 BC
onwards dynasties came and went, from the Yellow till the end of Qing in 1912.
In 221 BC First Emperor Qin
Shi Huang united China for the first time in history.
Zedong launched the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, killing millions in the process.
Deng Xiaoping introduced
economic reforms in 1976 and initiated a real great leap forward.
Xi JinPing is turning the country into a totalitarian state
that has set its eye at conquering Taiwan.
China is the world's second largest economy, well on its way to overtake the
USA in a few of decades.