China Society

Migrant workers in China

China’s natural space is of a diversity that is seldom found anywhere else on earth. Rugged high mountains and deserts in the west, Mongolian steppes in the north and tropical islands in the south. In between, embedded in extensive hilly landscapes, the great rivers, on whose fertile banks once the Chinese civilization arose. But nature has suffered severely from industrial overexploitation and galloping urbanization. One of the most pressing questions…

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China Domestic Issues

China Shanghai port

Oppression of the Uyghurs The Xinjiang Autonomous Region in western China is home to the Uighurs. These are Muslims with close cultural and social ties to neighboring countries in Central Asia. There have been repeated unrest and attacks since the 1990’s. In 2009, the death of two Uygur migrant workers in the capital Urumqi caused the largest unrest to date, killing 197 people, mostly Han Chinese. In March 2014, supporters…

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Living in China

Chinese new year market

Currency: Renminbi (RMB), also: Yuan Exchange rate: 7.94 RMB per 1.00 € (06/2020) Time zone: UTC + 8 Country code (phone): +0086 (0) Climate (for capital): continental International Airport (IATA): PEK (Beijing), et al Housing and supply Living in China’s cities has become more and more expensive over time. In general, foreigners pay more rent than their Chinese neighbors. In cities like Beijing or Shanghai, rents of 10,000 yuan for…

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China Education

China Education

China has fascinated the West since the Middle Ages with its traditions, history and knowledge that is thousands of years old. In the past few decades, the country has amazed the world with its dynamism, creativity and creativity. China has a firm place in the globalized world, which it fills with self-confidence. Official name: People’s Republic of China Area: 9,596,960 km² Residents: 1.395 billion (2018) Growth of population: 0.3% (2020,…

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Travel to China

Travel to China

SPECIAL SITUATION COVID-19 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, various measures are being taken in China, Germany and Europe to contain the disease, which will have a significant impact on travel to and in China. Due to the constantly changing situation, we recommend that you regularly check the current travel and safety information from the Federal Foreign Office. The COVID leaflet for travelers can also be found here. All of this…

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China Culture and Religion

Chinese dish

Arts and Culture China’s high culture has always been closely linked to the written word, which is why literature plays a prominent role in Chinese culture. From premodern texts such as the 2000 year old ” Five Classics ” to the art of Tang poems to the great ” four novels ” of classical Chinese literature (including “The Dream of the Red Chamber”), there are countless literary works from all…

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China Social Systems and Health

China Members of the Zhuang minority

Social systems In Mao’s time, only the urban population benefited from state social benefits. The rural population had to meet all private and social costs from the income that their community generated. If the municipality produced a surplus, it could finance teachers or paramedics, otherwise not. But even this form of financing basic services collapsed completely with the introduction of the reforms, as the municipalities were abolished. Although the increased…

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China Demographics

China Demographics

Population The PR China is still the most populous state in the world with 1.36 billion residents. However, the population growth since the beginning of the new millennium has only been 0.6%. Since the fertility rate is only 1.6 children, it can be assumed that the value will continue to decrease. Currently, the majority of the Chinese population is still of working age and the proportion of people over 65…

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China Poverty and Development Policy

Bank branch in China

Poverty In the course of more than 30 years of economic reforms, the PR China has developed from a developing country, in which poverty and hunger were part of everyday life for many people, to a middle-income country. The World Bank assumes that the agricultural and industrial reforms between 1981 and 2004 catapulted around 600 million people out of poverty. However, the absolute poverty rate remains high. At the end…

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China Financial System

Chinese Yuan

Money Although it is now common practice in the PRC to use the payment function of the ubiquitous and all-powerful APP WeChat to settle bills, there is still cash for the old-fashioned shopper. The Chinese Renminbi (RMB, “people’s currency”) is divided into 1 Yuan (also known as Kuai) = 10 Jiao = 100 Fen. Most Chinese cash is in circulation in the form of banknotes. There are 1, 2, 5,…

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