Country Full Name: People's Republic of China.
Location: China is in Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, between North Korea and Vietnam.
Country Climate: Extremely diverse; tropical in south to subarctic in north.
Country Terrain: Mostly mountains, high plateaus, deserts in west; plains, deltas, and hills in east.
Major Languages: Mandarin Chinese.
Major Religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism.
Country Population: 1327.7 million (2008 est.) 1334.3 million (2009 est.).
Country Economy: The economy of the People's Republic of China is a rapidly developing and influential market economy. China is the one of the worlds largest economies. China has had the fastest-growing major economy for the past 30 years with an average annual GDP growth rate above 10%. China's per capita income has likewise grown at an average annual rate of more than 8% over the last three decades drastically reducing poverty.
Currency: Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY).
Country Inflation: 5.9% (2008 est.) -0.05% (2009 est.).
City: Shanghai is the largest city in China, and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. Located on China's central eastern coast at the mouth of the Yangtze River, the city is administered as a municipality of the People's Republic of China with province-level status.
City Economy: Shanghai is often regarded as the center of finance and trade in mainland China. Shanghai also hosts the largest share market in mainland China.
Cost of Living: Shanghai has an overall cost of living index which equates it with middle cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Shanghai is currently ranked 136 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.
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