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China, 2nd Edition (Modern World Nations) by Gary T. Whiteford, Christopher L. Salter

By Gary T. Whiteford, Christopher L. Salter

Describes the historical past, geography, govt, economic system, humans and tradition of China.

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Other foods on display at restaurants include live snakes and seafood. Custom says that it is best to eat meat immediately after it is killed and cooked. In the past, lack of 63 64 China refrigeration led to this practice. Chinese youth today are more often opting for a Western-style diet, and over the years, they have dramatically increased their consumption of meat, as well as their body weight. Research suggests that tea originated in China, or was introduced to China from Southeast Asia, some 2,000 years ago.

The 15-year Qin Dynasty brought together a diverse cultural and linguistic territory. It was successful in centralizing authority and standardizing currency, transportation routes, weights, measures, and written script. The empire’s main problems were threats from outside the northern frontier. The Chinese often protected towns and cities with large walls. Longer walls were also built, extending along the northern edge of the Chinese cultural center located to the south. Different construction materials (based on local conditions) were used—compressed earth or stone and brick.

The northward-moving Indian-Australian plate collides with China in the Himalayan region, pushing the mountains upward. Just east of China, the Eurasian plate intersects two other major plates near Japan. This is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, a circle of earthquake and volcanic zones that surrounds the Pacific Ocean. d. 132, they devised the first seismograph to measure and record vibrations in the earth. In 1556, Shaanxi Province experienced a devastating earthquake (believed to be higher than eight on the Richter scale), which killed more than one million people.

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