Geography of the People's Republic of China

Geography Of The People's Republic Of China

Geography of the People's Republic of China

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China is the 3rd or 4th largest country in the world by total area and the second largest by land area. It stretches about from east to west, and about from north to south. Its land borders 14 countries. There are some of coastline along the China Seas. China is divided into twenty-three provinces, five autonomous regions, four municipalities and two special administrative regions. The autonomous regions have traditionally been referred to as "Outer China" because they are located beyond the Great Wall of China. (See Administrative divisions of the People's Republic of China.)

China is bordered in the north, west and south by deserts, and high mountains form natural barriers. The North China Plain in eastern China is the largest area of lowland in the world. Tibet, which is in the west, is a plateau, or tableland, more than high and surrounded by the highest mountains in the world. It is known as the "rooftop of the world". To the south are the Himalayas, while to the northwest are the Kunlun, Tian Shan and Altai mountains. Eastern China alo has mountains and hills, but much more level land than western China.

Eastern China is divided north-south into two very different geographical areas. The boundary between the two is formed by the Qinling Mountains which stretch from east to west and separate the basins of the Yellow and Yangtze rivers. These mountains also form a major climatic divide. Four rivers and their tributaries provide China with its...
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