What is China's geography like?

February 02, 2010 | Posted by Chris

In the mountains to the north and west of Beijing, above at Qinglongxia Great Wall.

Beijing is seated at the northern tip of the North China plain, with mountains to the north and west of the city. Beyond the Great Wall to the north is the Mongolian-Manchurian grassland, and beyond Beijing's Western Hills begins a vast expanse of land that eventually turns into desert. Beijing is about 93 miles west of the sea. More important to economic observers, Beijing belongs to the Bohai Sea region, which together with Tianjin, Dalian and cities in Shandong Province helps constitute one of the three major areas of economic activity in China. The other two major regions are the Yangtze River Delta, which is where Shanghai and Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces are, and the Pearl River Delta, which includes Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

Beijing is seated at the northern tip of the North China plain, with mountains to the north and west of the city. Beyond the Great Wall to the north is the Mongolian-Manchurian grassland, and beyond Beijing's Western Hills begins a vast expanse of land that eventually turns into desert. Beijing is about 93 miles west of the sea.

More important to economic observers, Beijing belongs to the Bohai Sea region, which together with Tianjin, Dalian and cities in Shandong Province helps constitute one of the three major areas of economic activity in China. The other two major regions are the Yangtze River Delta, which is where Shanghai and Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces are, and the Pearl River Delta, which includes Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

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