Population: 1,273,111,290 (July 2001 est.)

Languages: Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghaiese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, minority languages (see Ethnic groups entry)

Background: For centuries China has stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences. But in the first half of the 20th century, China was beset by major famines, civil unrest, military defeats, and foreign occupation...

Currency: Chinese Yuan (CNY, CNY (6.88 = US$1))

Data from CIA World Factbook. Click on CIA link for more. Click on map or flag for larger images.


Chinese-themed fonts

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Chinese Font Foundries

 · Aa Font
 · Founder
 · Weishan Gao

Chinese Typographic People

 · Yü Bing-nan
 · Tingnian Liu

Related Links

 · Yale University: Chinese Mac FAQ
 · CIA World Factbook: China
 · Ethnologue: Languages of China
 · BBC Country profile: China