China is an incredibly diverse country. Its fascinating culture and colorful history spans 5,000 years.

China is home to ancient treasures, beautiful landscapes, megacities, giant pandas and a breathtaking 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This makes it a great destination for teaching English!

Want some fast facts? Check out these statistics about China.

In terms of geography, China is carved up mostly into what we call standard provinces. There are also autonomous regions, municipalities, special administrative regions and Taiwan.

Here are the numbers:

  • 22 standard provinces
  • 5 autonomous regions
  • 4 municipalities
  • 2 special administrative regions
  • Taiwan.

No matter which corner of China you end up teaching in, you're bound to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Map of China

China at a glance

Want some fast facts on China? Check out the table below. Official name People’s Republic of China (PRC) Official language Standard Mandarin Chinese, or Putonghua Population Over 1.3 billion...

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China's standard provinces

Covering most of the country, China’s standard provinces are large geographical areas each with their own capital city and provincial government. Countries like the United States, Canada and Australia have a similar set-up. Similarities with...

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China's autonomous regions

You’ve probably heard of Tibet, but did you know there are four other areas that comprise China’s autonomous regions? Guangxi, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia and Xinjiang, as well as Tibet, all have their own local government – just lik...

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China's municipalities

There are four direct-controlled municipalities in China – Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Chongqing. They’re basically large, densely populated urban areas which act like provinces. Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin have held municipality...

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China's special administrative regions and Taiwan

Hong Kong and Macau are known as the special administrative regions, or SARs for short. Historically a British-controlled trading port, Hong Kong was handed back to China in 1997, while Macau was handed back by the Portuguese in 1999. Despite t...

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