China is the most densely populated country in the world and its 1.32 billion inhabitants constitute over 20% of the world’s population. The country’s area, at 9,596,960 square kilometers, ranks the country as the fourth largest in the world. China is located in Eastern Asia, and borders the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, between North Korea and Vietnam.
In the past few years China’s economy – the second largest in the world, with production exceeding $3 trillion – has experienced double-digit growth.
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China is the fifth largest jewelry consumer in the world, and over 250 million diamond jewelry pieces are sold there annually. If this trend continues, the Chinese market is set to replace the US market as the largest global diamond market.
China at a Glance
Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai,
Cities (Major): Beijing ; Chongqing; Guangzhou ; Shanghai; Tianjin
Courier Companies: Brinks, Malca-Amit
Diamond Exchange: Shanghai Diamond Exchange
Electrical Current: V 50Hz220
Internet Domain Ending: .cn
Public Holidays: New Year (January 1), Chinese New Year (1st day of 1st lunar month), 5th solar term, Labor Day (May 1), Dragon Boat Festival (5th day of 5th lunar month), Mid-Autumn Festival (15th day of 8th lunar month), National Day (October 1)
Religion: Mostly Taoist and Buddhist. Christian 4%; Muslim 1-2%; China is official atheist since 2002.
Telephone Area Codes: China: + 86 ; Shanghai: + 21 ; Beijing: + 10 ; Shenzhen: + 755
Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time + 8 hours
Weather: China’s northern and western areas are arid or semi-arid and there are great differences in temperature, depending on the season. Southern and southeast China are warmer and more humid areas. Rain falls mainly in the summer and autumn. During the winter it only rains in the southern and eastern parts of the country.
Economic Mission of Israel in China
Israeli Embassy in Beijing
Israeli Consulate in Shanghai
Chinese Embassy in Israel