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China is located in eastern Asia. Today it   occupies approximately 9.6 million square kilometers (3.7 million square miles), or nearly one quarter of Asia's land, making it almost as large as the whole of Europe. From north to south, China extends 5,500 kilometers (3,400 miles), from west to east, 5,200 kilometers (3,100 miles).

Chinese civilization arose in a particular
geographical context. While viewing the
following pages, try to think of the following


How did geographical location
affect Chinese contacts with other early

Through what kinds of different terrain did Chinese civilization spread? 

Why are minorities more common today in some areas than others?