Sunday, July 26, 2015

~China Week~ Day 5: Demographics, National Symbols, and Weather

Yesterday: Customs and Fashion

For the final day of China week we talked about basic demographics, population and statistics. We also drew the flag and discussed national symbols. We focused in on two major weather events and watched videos about them.

China is one of the biggest countries in the world covering 3,705,405 square miles and having a population of about 1,355,692,576. It ranks 3rd in sheer size! Most of the population lives in cities while fewer people still reside in small towns. Population amounts will soon suffer an extreme dip in future generations due to the one child policy implemented in China during its time of struggles with over-population. China is extremely varied in its landscapes having mountains, deserts, plateaus, and dense forests covering its expansive region. China is a communist country which means the country is under extreme government control. Due to its large economy and work force China has proven to be a very powerful world leader, but the future shows little promise in expanding upon this.

Just like other countries China has national symbols representing important characteristics of their culture. Their national animals are the Chinese dragon and the giant panda. The panda is an animal seen predominately in China and has become endangered over the years. It is now seen as a precious animal for the country and is protected by the government. For centuries the dragon has been a representative for China. Its strength and power being characteristics found to be extremely important. Lastly China's coat of arms, which can be found at the entrance to the Forbidden City, is an important national symbol. It has five stars representing the Communist part and the four working parties. Wheat and Rice make up the coat of arms edges and a cog wheel makes up its base.

Due to China's size the weather varies from place to place. I focused on two main natural disasters that happen the most frequently and also talked to Seri about what kinds of weather happen in certain landscapes. There is colder weather near mountains, dry and hot weather in deserts during the day with chilly air at night, and damp humid heat in the dense forests. The two main weather disasters that take place frequently have to do with rain and earth. Landslides take place when too much moisture enters the sloping ground and loosens the dirt, as well as, when earthquakes occur. This eventually causes a large area of soil to give way. This can be catastrophic to those below it. Another big issue are floods. In a lot of low lying areas in China flooding occurs and demolishes everything in its path. Earthquakes are also a huge issue in China. In the last year alone their have been over 78. I found two videos that displayed the absolute power these events can possess.

Thank you for following along with us as we learned more about China's culture. next week we shall begin learning about Poland!

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