A leading region of civilization and culture for thousands of years, China originally outpaced most developing nations in terms of growth and industrialization. At the start of the 20th century, civil unrest and political destruction ensued, and following World War II, the social order was reinstated through the establishment of an autocratic system of government. The modern-day People’s Republic of China has reemerged as a leader in economic output and a collaborator in global exchange.
The famous Great Wall of China, which dates back to 206 BC, was constructed over thousands of years by several dynasties and is a highlight of the SAS field program in China. Other sites of exploration for SAS participants include the Imperial Palace and the Forbidden City in Beijing, Tianamen Square, the Himalayas and Mount Everest, the Gobi desert, and the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers.
Source: CIA Factbook
- Language: Standard Chinese
- Population: 1,339,724,852
- Government: Nominally Marxist–Leninist single-party state[a]
- Currency: Renminbi (yuan) (¥)
- Capital: Beijing
Things To Do in China
- Spend four days hiking the Great Wall of China (covering only a fraction of it)
- Visit the Mai Po marshes and see the conservation efforts underway to protect the fragile life among the mudflats and mangrove trees
- Spend a day playing with—and learning from—students at a local kindergarten
- Experience and learn about the world’s first magnetic levitation (Maglev) train at speeds up to 430 km/hour