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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!

Geography

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.
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unicornsrule626
Chapter Three Violet's PoV   About two hours later, Christina came up to wake me up “Violet,” She whispered “Violet” She said a little louder “Mhmm” “I told you I’d wake you up. I’m running to the store, do you want to come?” I sat up and nodded “Alright, get ready! We’ll leave in 15 minutes” I nodded again and got up just as she left the room. I went into the bathroom and brushed my hair, then changed into (INSERT PIC) I ran downstairs and saw Christina standing next to the door. We both walked out and got into the car “Are you feeling more rested?” She asked as we drove “Yeah, I little bit” “Good, because when I shop, I can get I bit crazy” She made a weird face and we both burst out laughing   She pulled into the parking lot and we both got out. We walked into the store and Christina handed me a list “Here, take this and go grab everything on it” I took the list and nodded “Alright!” Holding the shopping basket in one hand and the list in the other, I stared towards the food isles.   After grabbing most of the stuff on the list, I got to produce. I put some apples, oranges, and blueberries in the basket and moved on to the strawberries. Putting the best looking carton in my basket, I turned to continue hunting down everything on my list when I felt my foot slip out from under me. I let out a small squeal and reached out for something to steady myself with. To my horror, I grabbed onto the person standing next to me and pulled them down with me.  (OMG CLIFFHANGER  XD) 
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Chapter Two Violet's PoV                                              Violet’s PoV         “We will be landing in London is 10 minutes” I heard the pilot say over a loud speaker. I moaned and sat up. I must have fallen sleep and didn’t know it. I put my blanket and travel pillow back in my suitcase and waited for the plane to land   *Time slip to after the plane lands* I walked out of the boarding hallway and saw chairs, tourist and so many people they all looked like busy ants. An airport employee saw my and took me aside  “Are you waiting for someone to pick you up?” She asked, looking concerned. I nodded “Yes. My aunt should be here-“ “Violet!” As soon as I head my name, I spun around and saw my Aunt Cristina. Her long brown hair was in a messy bun and she was wearing a pink t shirt and some jeggings “Aunt Cristina !” I shouted as she hugged me The airline employee smiled “I’m guessing she’s your aunt” I nodded “Alright. Take care” She smiled at me once more then went back to work. Aunt  Cristina waved me to follow her “So kiddo, how was your plane ride?” She asked me using her British accent. I mean, she had moved to England a year ago, so her accent was almost flawless. I giggled “It was great! I slept through most of it though” “Hey, it happens! Time zones are tricky things” She chuckled when I yawned “What time is it?” “Where? Here or in Long Island?” “…Here.”   “Uhh.” Aunt Cristina took out her phone and checked the time “its 7 am” “Whooooa. No way…” I yawned again. “Yup, but to you it feels like…” She paused and it seemed she was doing some quick math in her head “2 am” I groaned “How long till I get used to the time zones?” “I’m guessing less than a week” “Alright…that’s not that bad” By this time, we had gotten to her car. I giggled “It’s backwards” I told her as I sat in the front seat, which in America would be the drives seat  Cristina chuckled “To you it is. To me it’s not, well, not anymore. It took a while to get used to. A long while” I nodded “I can see how.” I was silent as she started the drive back to her house. Out the window I saw Big Ben. I snapped a picture of it for Rachael. I was about to text it to her when I remember the time zones. I decided I would send it….tomorrow? Or whenever it wasn’t too early for her. And then it hit me “OH MY GOD!”  I practically yelled as I looked at the picture I took “What?”  Cristina asked me in shock “N-nothing, just a inside joke” I told her through my laughter. That’s where Max and Harvey filmed most of the Stitches and Treat you Better mashup!! “If you say so…” She said laughing along with me. I turned and looked out the window but before I knew it my eyes were getting heavy. I leaned by in my seat and closed them. The sweet smell of Cristina’s perfume made me feel more comfortable as I drifted off to sleep   *Time slip to after the car ride* Cristina pulled into her driveway and I was bouncing in my seat “Chill out kiddo! You have all summer to explore!” “I know, I know!” Cristina just chuckled and stepped out of the car. I did the same and followed her into the house. She put her keys on the kitchen table then sat down “Your room is all set up. It’s upstairs and the first door on the left” “Thanks!” I yawned again “I think I’m going to go get some sleep” “Ok! I’ll wake you up in a little bit” I smiled and made my way upstairs. I found my room and walked in. The room was a beautiful light pink and the bed was made with white bedding. I laid down and fell asleep almost instantly.
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"JaneDoe2" wrote: No. We are humans, not computers. In the future, if we want to, we will be able to live our entire lives in the digital world. Do you really want that? We need to be taking a stand to save the remnants of our culture, before they disappear. If technology can improve health care, life for people with disabilities, ensure safety, or reverse global warming, then I'm all for it. Otherwise, we need to limit it. But how does online shopping turn one into a computer?
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