Mount Everest, 8,850m (29,035 ft).

Chang Jiang, China, 6,380km (3,965 miles).

Tokyo, Japan, about 8.8 million people.

Northern China and Japan have wet summers and dry winters. The south is very hot all year round.

China about 1.3billion; Japan about 127 million; South Korea, about 48.3 million; North Korea about 22.6 million.

The Chinese flag is red with five stars. The big star represents the Communist Party. The others represent soldiers, farmers, workers and students.

Chinese temples and pagodas have tiled roofs that curl up at the corners.

The Great Wall of China was built 2000 years ago. It is 1500 miles long. It was built across northern China to keep out invaders.

China has many factories which manufacture products for the world mass market.

A fifth of the world's population lives in China.

The giant panda lives in the misty mountains of southwest China and nowhere else on Earth. Chinese stamps often show something about Chinese life, a famous place, person or wildlife.

One child policy is implemented in China to control their population. Main religion in China is Buddhism.

Dim Sum, a Cantonese specialty are cooked in bamboo baskets and wheeled around the restaurant; on trolleys.

Dragon dance on a Spring Festival it is the biggest festival in China. It is celebrated at the start of the Chinese New Year.

Calligraphy - painting Chinese characters with a brush. It is a great art in China.

Peking Duck - the ducks are glazed and the body cavities filled with boiling water. While roasting over an open fire, they absorb the aromas of the burning fruitwood.

The Chinese invented paper, gunpowder, silk, the magnetic compass, fireworks, porcelain and printing.

Chopstick is an eating utensils originated in China.

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