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China - the Awakened Dragon

Officially the People's Republic of China (PRC), China has a history spanning over six millennia. The largest country in East Asia and the most populous in the world with over 1.3 billion people, it is a socialist republic ruled by the Communist Party of China.



Government: According to the administrative structure of China, the country is divided into 22 provinces; for instance, Zhejiang and Guangdong; two Special Administrative Regions (SARs) and four directly controlled municipalities including Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Chongqing.

Capital: Guangdong is the largest city in China in terms of population. Beijing has been China's capital since 1949 and its second largest city. It is also recognized as the political, educational, and cultural center of the country.

Language: Traditional Chinese has become the country's standard in written communications. Spoken languages vary depending on region. Over 70% of the population speaks Mandarin. In southern regions, such as Hong Kong and Macau, Cantonese is spoken.

Education: China's top-ranked universities include the Beijing University, Fudan University, Tsinghua University and the Zhejiang University.

History: China has a profound history and has been a significant influence in varying degrees on its neighbor countries such as Japan, Korea and Vietnam. China also has the oldest and most continuously used writing system in the world, and is the origin of many inventions; four great inventions of ancient China included paper, the compass, gun power and the printing process.

In ancient times, China was ruled by emperors and divided into different dynasties. The Qing dynasty ended in the early 1900s, paving the way for the establishment of the Republic of China. The People's Republic of China was founded in 1949 by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, China has seen turmoil in the form of wars, natural disasters, political tensions and reforms that weakened its productivity and social stability, and threw the country into a long period of stagnation.

Reforms in the mainland coming after the late 1970s led to some relaxation of control over many areas of society. In 1997 and 1999, Hong Kong and Macau, originally European colonies because of treaties, returned to China, becoming the Special Administrative Regions (SARs). Many cities such as Guangzhou and Shanghai, prosperous before, are flourishing today.

The PRC came to be the sole representative of China in the United Nations in 1971, and has also become one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. Following a rapid economic rise, the PRC since the 1990s has sought to keep a policy of quiet diplomacy with its neighbors.

Economy: China is a leader in trade surplus, but not in terms of oil. Net imports of natural gas are expected to rise to 3.5 million barrels daily by 2010, surpassing the United States as the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases. As an important player in the global marketplace, China is a leading recipient of foreign investments. This may be due to legislature was passed in 2008, which mandated the standard rate of corporate income tax to be at 25% for Chinese and foreign companies alike.

Area:
3.7 million sq mi

Population:
1,330,141,295 (2010)

GDP:
Total: USD 8.8 trillion (2009); Per capita: USD 6,600 (2009)

Natural Resources:
Coal, iron ore, crude oil, mercury, tin, tungsten, antimony, manganese, molybdenum, vanadium, magnetite, aluminum, lead, zinc, uranium, hydropower potential (world's largest).

Education: Literacy:
90.9% (2007)

Work Force:
813.5 million (2009)

Currency:
Renminbi yuan(RMB), USD 1 = RMB 6.82

International Code:
+86

Time Zone:
UTC +8

Government:
Hu Jintao (President)
Emergency:
Dial 110

Ethnicity:
Han Chinese 91.5%; 55 other ethnic groups

Languages:
Mandarin (official spoken); Simplified Chinese (written)
Beijing
Beijing Capital International Airport
Location: Beijing
Internet: http://en.bcia.com.cn
Transportation: By Maglev train, bus, taxi, airport shuttle

Shanghai
Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Location: Shanghai
Internet: http://www.shanghaiairport.com
Transportation: By Maglev train, bus, taxi, airport shuttle
Remarks: Operated by the Shanghai Airport Authority

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
Location: Shanghai
Internet: http://www.shanghaiairport.com
Transportation: By metro, bus, taxi
Remarks: Operated by the Shanghai Airport Authority

Guangzhou
Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Location: Guangzhou
Internet: http://www.baiyunairport.com/index.jsp
Transportation: By bus, taxi
Jan 1, 2011: New Year's Day
Feb 2, 2011: Lunar New Year
Feb 2-8, 2011: Spring Festival
Apr 4, 2011: Qingming Festival
May 1, 2011: Labour's Day
Jun 6, 2011: Dragon Boat Festival
Sep 12, 2010: Mid-Autumn Festival
Oct 1, 2011: Winter Solstice Festival

Beijing
1. Beijing Hotel
Address: 33 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing
Tel: +86 10 6513 7766
Fax: +86 10 6513 7307
Type: 5-Star luxurious
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2. Century Golden Resources Hotel Beijing
Address: No.69 Banjing Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Tel: +86 10 8859 8888
Fax: +86 10 8859 9999
Type: 5-Star luxurious
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3. China World Hotel Beijing
Address: 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing, China
Tel: +86 10 6505 2266
Fax: +86 10 6505 0828
Type: 5-Star luxurious
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Shanghai
1. The Portman Ritz-Carlton
Address: Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Xi Lu, Shanghai, 200040, China
Tel: +86 21 6279 8888
Fax: +86 21 6279 8800
Type: 5-Star luxurious
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2. The Westin
Address: Bund Center, 88 Henan Central Road, Shanghai, 200002, China
Tel: +86 21 6335 1888
Fax: +86 21 6335 2888
Type: 5-Star luxurious
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3. The Four Seasons
Address: 500 Weihai Road, Shanghai 200041, China
Tel: +86 21 6256-8888
Fax: +86 21 6256-5678
Type: 5-Star luxurious
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Guangzhou
1. Garden Hotel
Address: 368 Huanshi Dong lu, Guangzhou, China
Tel: +86 20 8333 8989
Fax: + 86 20 833 50467
Type: 5-Star luxurious
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2. White Swan
Address: Southern Street 1, Guangzhou, China
Tel: + 86 20 8188 6968
Fax: + 86 20 8186 1188
Type: 5-Star luxurious
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3. China Hotel
Address: 122 Liu Hua lu, Guangzho, China
Tel: + 86 20 86666888
Fax: + 86 20 86677288
Type: 5-Star luxurious
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1. Bank of China
Tel: +86 10 95566
Internet: Click HERE

2. China Construction Bank
Address: No.46 of Northern Huayuan Road, Beijing, China
Internet: Click HERE

3. The People's Bank of China
Address: No.32 Chengfang street,Xi Cheng district,Beijing,China
Tel: +86 10 6619 4114
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4. China Development Bank
Address: 29 Fuchengmenwai Street, Xicheng District
Beijing, China
Tel: +86 10 6830 6688
Fax:+86 10 6830 6699
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5. China Exim Bank
Address: No.30, FuXingMenNei Street, XiCheng District, Beijing 100031, P.R.China
Tel: +86 10 8357 9000
Fax:+ 86 10 6606 0636
Internet: Click HERE

6. ICBC
Address: No.55 FuXingMenNei Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, P.R.C
Tel: +86 10 95588
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7. China Merchants Bank
Tel: +86 10 95555
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1. Allbright Law Offices
Address: Suite 1608, Jing Cheng Mansion Xin Yuan Nan Road Chao Yang District Beijing 100104
Tel: +86 10 8486 8555
Fax: +86 10 8486 8558

2. Allens Arthur Robinson
Address: Level 8, Unit 4 Office Tower E3, The Towers, Oriental Plaza, No 1 East Chang An Avenue, Dong Cheng District, Beijing 100738
Tel: +86 10 8515 0250
Fax: +86 10 8515 0251

3. An, Tian, Zhang & Partners
Address: Suite 711-712, Jinggunag Center Office Building, Hujialou, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020
Tel: +86 10 6597 5210
Fax: +86 10 6597 5202
Email: anxiaodi@atzp.com

4. Bae, Kim & Lee
Address: 29 Floor, South Tower, Kerry Center, 1 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020
Tel: +86 10 8529 8821
Fax: +86 10 8529 8759
Email: jgk@bkl.co.kr

5. Barlow Lyde & Gilbert
Address: Suite 1606, 16th Floor, Jin Mao Tower, 88 Century Boulevard, Pudong New Area, Shanghai 200121
Tel: +86 21 5047 6633
Fax: +86 21 5047 0101

6. Beiten Burkhardt Rechtsanwälte (German Attorneys-At-Law)
Address: Suite 3130, 31st Floor, South Office Tower, Bejing Kerry Centre, 1 Guang Hua Road, Chao Yang District, Beijing 100020
Tel: +86 10 8529 8110
Fax: 86 10 8529 8123
Email: bblaw-beijing@bblaw.com

7. Bird & Bird
Address: 3614 World Trade Centre, Tower 1, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100004
Tel: +86 10 6505 6667
Fax: +86 10 6505 9469
Email: beijing@twobirds.com

8. Blake Dawson Waldron
Address: Suite 628, Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nanjing Road West, Shanghai 200040
Tel: +86 21 6279 8069
Fax: +86 21 6279 8109

10. C & I Partners (Guangdong)
Address: 11/F, Guangzhou International Trade Centre, No.1 Lin He Xi Road, Guangzhou 510620
Tel: +86 20 3878 3778
Fax: +86 20 3878 3066

11. Deacons
Address: Level 8, Tower W1, The Towers, Oriental Plaza, 1 East Chang Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100738
Tel: 8518 2338
Fax: +86 10 8518 2339

12. Fangda Partners
Address: Suite 1422-1425, China World Tower 1, No. 1, Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue, Beijing 100004
Tel: +86 10 6505 5557
Fax: +86 10 6505 8997

13. GFE Law Office
Address: 18th Floor, Guangdong Holdings Tower, No. 555 Dongfeng East Road, Guangzhou 510050
Tel: +86 20 8388 9255
Fax: +86 20 8385 0222
Email: gfe@gfelaw.com

14. HFG Intellectual Property Consulting Co Ltd
Address: Suite 1312, Shi Ye Building, No 65 Fu Xing Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100036
Tel: +86 10 6815 0420
Fax: +86 10 6815 0430
Email: hfg@hfgip.com

15. INCE & Co.
Address: Suite 328, Shanghai Bund No.12, 12 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road, Shanghai 200002
Tel: +86 21 6329 1212
Fax: +86 21 6321 5468
Email: firstname.lastname@incelaw.com

16. Kangxin Partners, P.C.
Address: 16/F, Tower A, Indo Building, A48 Zhichun Road, Haidian Districtn, Beijing 100086
Tel: +86 10 5873 1888
Fax: +86 10 5873 1999
Email: iplaw@kangxin.com

17. Mallesons Stephen Jaques
Address: Unit 12, Level 5, Tower E1, The Towers, Oriental Plaza, No.1 East Chang An Ave, Dong Cheng District, Beijing 100738
Tel: +86 10 8518 6680
Fax: +86 10 8518 6678

18. Norton Rose
Address: Office C-801 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100016
Tel: +86 10 8448 8881
Fax: +86 10 8448 6220

19. Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
Address: Suite 1101 China World Tower 1, 1 Jian Guo Me Nwai Avenue, Beijing 100004
Tel: +86 10 6535 5300
Fax: +86 10 6505 3459

20. Sloma & Co
Address: Suite 1403, Golden Finance Tower, 58 East Yanan Road, 200002 Shanghai
Tel: +86 21 6360 6008
Fax: +86 21 6360 6010
Email: reception@sloma.com.cn

21. TMI Associates
Address: Suite 560, Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nan Jing Xi Road, Shanghai 200040
Tel: 6841 4466
Fax: +86 21 6841 0304
Email: givenname_familyname@tmi.gr.jp

22. Vivien Chan & Co
Address: Room 1002, 10th Floor The Headquarters Building, 168 Cenral Tibet Road, Shanghai 200001
Tel: +86 21 6387 9222
Fax: +86 21 6387 9111
Email: shanghai@vcclawservices.com

23. Wang Jing & Co. Law Firm
Address: Suite 16c1, Times Plaza, 52 Hong Kong Road Middle, Qingdao
Tel: +86 523 5757 519
Fax: +86 523 5757 534

24. Zhonghao Law Firm
Address: 16/F Chuanxin Mansion, Renmin S Road, Chengdu 610016
Tel: +86 28 8619 9599
Fax: +86 28 8619 9658
1. Baker Tilly – Macau
Address: Alameda Dr. Carlos d’Assumpção No. 263 Edif. China Civil Plaza 6ºandar M Macao SAR
Tel: +853 703338
Fax: +853 703336

2. BDO Reanda
Address: Room 2008, 20/F, East Wing Building 1, ZhuBang 2000 Tower 100 Balizhuang Xili, Chaoyang District BEIJING 100025
Tel: +86 10 8586 6870
Fax: +86 10 8586 6877

3. Beijing Gongxin Certified Public Accountants
Address: Room 20C, Tower B, Guangxin Mansion, No.319 GuangNei Avenue, Xuanwu District, Beijing(100053)
Tel: +86 10 83131715
Fax: +86 10 83131705
Email: gxcpa@bjgxcpa.com

4. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu CPA Ltd.
Address: 8/F Office Tower W2 The Towers, Oriental Plaza 1 East Chang An Avenue 100738 Beijing
Tel: +86 10 8520 7788
Fax: +86 10 8518 1218

5. Ernst & Young
Address: Level 16, Tower E3, The Towers, Oriental Plaza, No. 1 East Chang An Ave. Dong Cheng District, Beijing 100738
Tel: +86 10 5815 3000
Fax: +86 10 8518 8298

6. Grant Thornton China CPA Limited
Address: 45/F, Raffles City 268 Xizang Zhong Road Shanghai 200001
Tel: +86 21 2322 0200
Fax: +86 21 2322 0000

7. Hua-Ander Certified Public Accountants
Address: Room 2508, Huayuan Office Building A 28 Xiaoyun Road, Chaoyang District Beijing 100027
Tel: +86 10 6462 6118
Fax: +86 10 6462 7940
Email: info@huaander.com

8. Jincheng & Tongda Law Firm
Address: 11/F Hua Xia Bank Plaza, No. 22 Jian Nei Avenue, Beijing 10005
Tel: 8523 7766
Fax: +86 10 65185057
Email: beijing@jinchenglaw.com

9. KPMG
Address: 8/F, Office Tower E2, Oriental Plaza 1 East Chang An Avenue Dong Cheng District Beijing 100738
Tel: +86 10 8518 5000
Fax: +86 10 8518 5111

10. LehmanBrown.com
Address: 6/F, Dongwai Diplomatic Building 23 Dongzhimenwai Dajie Beijing 100600
Tel: +86 10 8532 1720
Fax: +86 10 6532 3270
Email: beijing@lehmanbrown.com

11. Linklaters
Address: Unit 29, Level 25, China World Tower 1, No. 1 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue, Beijing 100004
Tel: +86 10 6505 8590
Fax: +86 10 6505 8582

12. Price Waterhouse Coopers
Address: 26/F Office Tower A Beijing Fortune Plaza 7 Dongsanhuan Zhong Road Chaoyang District Beijing 100020, PRC
Tel: +86 10 6533 8888
Fax: +86 10 6533 8800

13. Tin Wha CPAs (Baker Tilly)
Address: 17/F Sinochem Tower A2 Fuxingmenwai Dajie Beijing 100045
Tel: +86 10 6856 9800
Fax: +86 10 68569590
   
         
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