China is the most populated country on Earth with an estimated 1.437 billion people (as of 2020). This makes up more than 18% of the entire world population. A huge country, China has a total land area of about 3,624,807 square miles (about 5,799,691 square km).
China contains a diverse number of habitats, from forests: boreal (taiga), deciduous, coniferous, mixed, and tropical forests to grasslands (steppes), deserts and mangroves. China is mountainous with many distinct ranges, each with their own mix of habitats.
The following pages each describe one of China's habitats or region of habitats with a locater map and the wildlife you might expect to see there. At the end, there is a larger version of the map below and a map of China's Provinces to help with understanding the habitat descriptions.
Please note that this reference is a brief summary of each location developed for young students unfamiliar with China's rich and complicated habitats and topography.
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