When I began studying Chinese (years ago), one of the first things I wanted to learn how to do was answer the question about where I am from. That meant learning how to say Minnesota in Chinese. It is simply a phonetic translation: ming ni su da (明尼苏达). On top of that, there is Minneapolis: […]
How Many USA’s Can You Fit Inside China?
I ran across this interesting map on the inter webs the other day. It divides the population of China into four different regions, each with a population roughly equal to that of the United States. As you can see, the issue in China is not simply that the population of China is so large (1.35 billion); […]
How Big is China?
“China is SO big.” That’s a comment that I hear often when talking to people about China. It’s an observation that I have always found a bit odd given the fact that China is roughly the same size (slightly larger) as the US. Here’s a great map that illustrates this: How big is China? About […]