China: Key Information & Facts

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Updated: 2018-05-02.

General points to know about China – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more – whether you are traveling there or not.

Capital: Beijing

Largest City: Shanghai

Population: 1.4 billion (2017 estimate)

Language(s): Standard Chinese & various regional

President: Xi Jinping

Premier: Li Keqiang

CurrencyRenminbi (yuan) ¥ (CNY)

Area: 9,596,961 km2 (3,705,407 mi2)

Dialing Code: +86

Time Zone: China Standard Time (UTC+8)
•   DST/Summer Time: N/A

Demonym: Chinese (what’s this?)

Endonym: Zhōngguó (中国)
(their name for their country)
Emergency Dialing Tel. Numbers: 110 (police), 119 (fire), 120 (ambulance)

Drinking Age: 18

Smoking Age: None (18 to purchase)

Age of Consent: 14

Drives on the: Right

Electricity & Adapter: 220 V, 50 Hz, Plug Types A / C / I (define)

Country Code (ISO): CN (also the country’s primary TLD {top-level domain})

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