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Life in China

With a culture so vastly different from that of the West, Studying Chinese in China is about so much more than just learning the language. If you aren't familiar with China already, then let us fill you in on a few basic facts, a bit of historical background and some other interesting info, complete with Chinese translations, about the world's most populous country.

Basic facts

Official name : People's Republic of China (中华人民共和国Zhōnghuá rénmín gònghéguó).
Area: 9,956,960 sq km (world ranking #4)
Population: 1.34 billion (world ranking #1)
Labor force: 780 million (world ranking #1)
Capital city: Běijīng 北京
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Largest city: Shànghǎi上海
Main language: Mandarin Chinese (Pǔtōnghuà普通话)
Currency: Rénmínbì (人民币). The units of currency are the yuán (元), máo (毛) and technically, also fēn (分), although you'll be hard pushed to find anything that costs just a few fēn these days.
Time: GMT +8 hours (+7 hours during daylight saving). Despite its huge size, all of China is in one time zone.
International dialing code: +86
Head of state, President: Xí Jìnpíng (习近平)
Premier: Lĭ Kèqiáng (李克强)

Study Chinese in China and find out first-hand what it’s like to Live in China. As well as helping you to actualize your Living in China move we also offer a range of additional cultural activities and a fantastically located environment, where you can Learn Chinese in a fashion that is tailored exactly as you want it!