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Fascinating China

There are a total of 56 ethnic groups in China.

China is the world's most ancient country that has boasted of its longest continuous civilization. Some historians have claimed that human activity in China dates back 500,000 to 600,000 years. Archaeological evidences have testified that China has a recorded ( written ) history of over 5,000 years. The imperial period started in the Xia Dynasty ( 2200-1700 BC ). China's first emperor is Qin Shi Huang, emperor of the Qin Dynasty ( 221-207 BC ). The last emperor was overthrown in 1911. There are a total of over 480 emperors throughout this 2,000-odd-year period.

By territorial size, China is the 3 rd largest country in the world after Russia and Canada. By population, China is the world's biggest country, as it has more than 1.3 billion people according to official census.