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China is vast and hugely populated, with over 20% of the world's people calling this lively country home. Some areas of China will astound you with colorful rural beauty and traditional lifestyles, while the major metropolitan areas are likely to make your head spin with their bright lights and true world-city excitement.
With an abundance of renowned colleges and universities, China's educational system has produced some of the world's most brilliant minds of nearly every discipline. World leaders in Business, Mathematics, Astronomy, Martial Arts, Philosophy and more have studied in China, and make this a coveted location to study abroad.
Go to school here and learn about China's influential artistic and political culture, and its mixture of dense urban areas and rural farming villages. You can also be a part of the country's vivid transformation from third- to first-world. There's no better time to take part in the boundless educational opportunities that China provides.
Weather for Everyone
Wondering where in China to study? For many, the weather is key component to their study abroad experience. With this country it's a little like asking, "How's the weather in the US?" Since the country is large, the biggest one in Asia, in fact, its climates vary greatly.
There are areas of heavy rainfall and monsoons, chilly mountainous regions, and tropical neighboring islands. These areas are divided up into five temperature zones and what's called a "plateau-climate zone," which can help plan where and when to visit, although you may need a map to really sort these out!
An Outdoor Adventurer's Fantasyland
With the varied temperatures of China comes a multitude of all-weather activity. Have you ever dreamed of visiting the mysterious lands of Tibet, perhaps catching a glimpse of the Dalai Lama or giving Mt. Everest a go? Catch a ride on the Qinghai - Tibet Railway and travel the highest and longest plateau railroad in the world. Be sure to pack warm, though, and allow plenty of time to acclimate to the super-high elevation.
If the mountains aren't your thing, how about taking a break from your studies at one of China's beautiful beaches? Visit Hainan Island and you'll be soaking in the sun in relative peace and quiet. Toss in the spectacular views of the exotic South China Sea and a margarita and you're set!
A Storied Past
Some students come to China strictly to learn its history, which in itself can take years! Whether you're a history student, or a learner of another discipline, the elaborate history of China is sure to impact your studies in some form sooner or later. Here's a very quick rundown of some highlights in China's history:
A Fascinating Study Abroad Locale
China is often considered a top location for taking your studies abroad. Whether you're interested in studying the rich traditions steeped in Chinese culture, the archaeological sites of the very beginning of human time, or the complex languages of China, this country is sure to provide you with countless opportunities for learning and enrichment that simply aren't to be found in your home country.
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