Welcome to China

Updated: March 4, 2009, 12:01 PM ET
By Joe Connor | Special to ESPN.com

QUICK FACTS Most Known (Outside Baseball) For Its …: Mammoth population; Communist past and present; NBA hoopster Yao Ming; and its Great Wall.

Location: Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, between North Korea and Vietnam

Size: 3,705,386 square miles, or slightly smaller than the U.S.

Population: Approximately 1.3 billion (largest in the world)

People: Han Chinese (92%), plus 55 ethnic minorities; Mandarin, ...

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