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Skip to 0 minutes and 0 secondsAs we know China is located in East Asia. Its land area is 9.6 million square kilometres, so it's the third largest country in the world in terms of the area. And then Shanghai has an area of 6340 square kilometres. It's about ten times as large as Singapore. In terms of population, China has a 1.39 billion population. That's the latest statistics. And Shanghai has 24.2 million population, so it's the largest city in China and also one of the largest in the world. According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, in 2017 China's GDP is 82.71 trillion RMB, or 12.40 trillion US dollars. So it's the second largest economy in the world in terms of GDP.

Skip to 1 minute and 24 secondsThe GDP per capita in China is 9300 US dollars, but in Shanghai it is much higher. It is 19,700 US dollars, almost double the national average. And Shanghai has 16 districts including both urban and rural areas. Putonghua, or Mandarin is the medium of instruction for all schools. You know in Singapore English is the instructional medium for schools. Shanghai's basic education adopts a 5-4-3 system. That is primary school consists of five years, in secondary school or junior high school consists of four years and senior high school consists of three years. This is different from other regions of China which is 6-3-3 system.

Country video: China (Shanghai) video

In this video, Prof. Fan introduces some basic facts about China, with a focus on Shanghai.

China is in East Asia and is the third largest country in the world with a land area of 9.6 million square kilometres and a population of 1.39 billion (2017). China’s GDP in 2017 is 82.71 trillion RMB or US$12.40 trillion, which is the second largest in the world. The GDP per capita is US$9,300.

Shanghai has a land area of 6340 square kilometres and with a population of 24.2 billion (2017) is the largest city in China and one of the largest in the world. The city’s GDP is US$19,700 in 2017.

Shanghai has 16 districts, including both urban and rural areas. Chinese (Putonghua or Mandarin) is the medium of instruction for all schools. Shanghai basic education adopts the 5-4-3 system, that is, primary school consists of 5 year/grade levels, secondary school (or junior high school) consists of 4 years, and senior high school consists of 3 years; in almost all other regions of China, it is a 6-3-3 system. In 2012, there were 764 primary schools and 754 general secondary and high schools, with a total student population of 1.3 million.

Data source: National Bureau of Statistics China

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