Capital: Beijing

Population: 1,377,583,156 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: Renminbi (CNY)

Official Language: Standard Mandarin

Unofficial Languages: Yue or Cantonese, Wu or Shanghainese, Minnan or Hokkien-Taiwanese, Minbei or Fuzhou, Gan, Xiang, and other minority languages

Main Religions: Buddism, Christianity, other folk religions

Ethnic Groups: Han Chinese, Zhuang, Hui, Tujia, Manchu, Uighur, Miao, Yi, Tibetan, Mongol, Buyei, Yao, Kazakh, Bai, Korean, Hani, Li, Dai,Dong, and others

Largest Cities: Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou

Main Sport: Basketball, Football, Wrestling

Political System: Communist State

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1)

Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) (February 8)

International Women’s Day (March 8)

Labour Day (April 29)

National Youth Day (May 4)

Tibet Liberation Day (May 23)

International Children’s Day (June 1)

Dragon Boat Festival (June 9)

Army Day (August 1)

Mid-Autumn Festival (September 16)

National Day (October 1)

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