Where is China?
China, or the People’s Republic of China, is an Eastern Asian country. The GPS coordinates of China are actually inaccessible. It is illegal for maps of China to be made without permission from the Chinese government. However, it is still possible to decipher the hemispheres in which China lies. China is part of the northern and eastern hemispheres, placing the country well above the equator.
China’s Most Extreme Points
The northernmost point of China is located in a city by the name of Mohe, in the Daxing’anling Prefecture, or Da Hinggan Ling Prefecture. As part of the province of Heilongjiang, this point has a latitude of 53°34' N.
In the south, China actually has two points of extremity. This might sound impossible but it comes down to whether the focus is on the mainland or on the country’s offshore islands. The mainland of China reaches an extreme southern latitude of 20°14' N. This point is in Hai’an, a city in the province of Guangdong. Turning to areas of China beyond the mainland, the southernmost point offshore is on the island of Hainan. The latitudinal coordinate of this point is 20°14' N.
The easternmost point of China is similar to the northernmost point in that both are located in the Heilongjiang Province. The most extreme point to the east has a longitude of 134°46'25" E, placing the point near the city of Haiqing.
The most extreme point of China to the west is situated at a longitude of 73°33'29" E. This point is situated in Wuqia County, which is located in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, or XUAR, of China. This autonomous region just so happens to be the largest division out of thirty-three in total.
Total Area and Population of China
The total area of China is approximately 3,705,405 square miles. Of the country’s total area, China is about 97% land and 3% water. With four municipalities, five autonomous regions, and twenty-three provinces in all, China’s land takes up about 3,600,945 square miles of area, while the remaining 104,460 square miles are attributed to land areas.
The population of China is currently 1,417,750,575 people. It’s important to remember that populations fluctuate, so this number is sure to increase. As of now, the population of China is the equivalent of 18.41% of the global population. Compared to every other country, China ranks as the most populated country in the world.