Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.


The People's Republic of China

Another four years have passed and it's time for the Summer Olympics again! This year's host country is a controversial choice. China has been criticized for everything from its human rights violations to Beijing's serious air pollution problems. Kidzworld is taking a look at this talked-about country, which is home to more than 1.3 billion people!


China is 3.7 million square miles (9.5 million square kilometers) in size and is located in East Asia. It is south of Mongolia and Siberia, west of Korea and Japan, and east of India. The capital of China is Beijing but the biggest city is Shanghai, which is home to more than 14 million people. With 1.3 billion people, China is the most populated country in the world.

A (Very) Brief History

China is one of the world's oldest continuous civilizations so it's fair to say that its history can't be summarized in just a couple of paragraphs, but that won't stop us from trying!

The earliest recorded use of fire by early humans (Homo erectus) occurred in China about 1.27 million years ago. The rise of farming (Neolithic period) began in China about 10,000 years ago. It seems the system of inherited rulership began in the Xia Dynasty, which was around 2100-1600 BC (though there is some debate about whether this dynasty actually existed). From that point onwards, China's history was marked by various hereditary rulerships including the Shang Dynasty (1600 - 1300 BC), the Zhou Dynasty (1122 - 256 BC), the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD), the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 AD), and a whole bunch more that we're skipping over.

The final dynasty was the Qing Dynasty, which ran from 1644 - 1911. The modern Republic of China began with the outbreak of revolution on October 10, 1911. Civil unrest grew stronger and stronger until the last emperor, Puyi, was forced to abdicate. The first provisional president of China was Dr. Sun Yat-sen, a revolutionary who is often referred to as the "Father of Modern China." In the 1920s, Sun Yat-sen entered into an alliance with the Communist Party of China and, after his death, one of his protégés, Chiang Kai-shek, seized control of the National Party and brought most of south and central China under its rule. He turned on the Communist Party, which then reorganized under Mao Tse-tung. Mao proclaimed the People's Republic of China on October 1949.

2008 Beijing Olympics

The 2008 Summer Olympics opened in Beijing on August 8th and runs through to August 24th, 2008. The opening ceremonies began at 8:08 pm on August 8th (08/08/08), which is fitting because eight is a lucky number in Chinese culture. Beijing has been a controversial choice for Olympic host city because of China's history of human rights problems, occupation of Tibet, poor air quality in Beijing, and China's role in supplying weapons to the Sudanese government in the Darfur Conflict (which has left at least 200,000 people dead). However, event organizers have heralded the Games as a way to highlight modern China's emergence on the world stage.

Did You Know?

  • China has the largest English-speaking population in the world.
  • China has a "one-child policy" that restricts urban families to having one baby in an attempt to deal with over-population.
  • China's currency is called the Yuan.
Related Stories:


1 Comment

latest videos


Where did the 2012 Olympics Taking Place?

  • London.
  • Paris.
  • New York.
  • Philadelphia.

related stories

Micro_red moon pies - micro
The Chinese New Year is the most important of traditional Chinese holidays and is celebrated in a...
The Olympics are so much FUN!! New events every four years, world records broken, and miracle ath...
Micro_a m
The Olympics only happen every 4 years, so it's pretty exciting to watch all the best of the best...
In the Chinese culture, each year is represented by one of 12 animals, and the animal that's tied...

Random in the forums

Siamqa_Marisa posted in General:
School is where we can buy chocolates  whats anime?
reply 5 minutes
Arenl posted in General:
It's a subject that we study at school.What's school ?
reply 44 minutes
fima posted in Debating:
"Gibgab" wrote:I think it's dumb how guys dont like tall girls..  I don't technically think its dumb. I know quite a few people who have dated a boy smaller than them/ a girl taller than them. I like being tall but the thing is ive also got a i need a boy taller than me or my own height thing because i just feel more safer or protected. I don't think its dumb its just the way people are. In order to judge people you need to know who they are, what their personality is and just how the way they are because some girls have a got a thing like that too just like me. I cant date a boy smaller than me unless we are perfect well even close to perfect so the thing is it is just how we are. Problem solved!!!
reply about 1 hour
fima posted in Debating:
oh bruhh, do you not think anything bad is going to happen? i am in the top sets for everything in my school and the kids that are with me act like two years old. Bloody they kiss in front of everyone and do you know what else?? They pass notes to each other and like on Tuesday this girl got dumped and this is how the boy did it. They were passing notes to each other and then the boy write a note saying he dumped her and showed it to the whole class and the girl was in tears. She was crying and the boy was dancing saying i just dumped her in a sick way. Also if you and your bf/gf are walking in the park someone in the park and some lunatic attacks you haw are you supposed to defend yourself??? i think if you date at the age of eleven you are being immature and you are immature. You are not wise enough but if you dont agree fine by me im not anyone you know and im not your parent so yh if you agree then you agree and if you dont you dont!!!
reply about 2 hours
unknownqueen posted in General:
It is a feeling What is a feeling?
reply about 2 hours

play online games