China's population of 1.3 billion people inhabit slightly less land than the United States

  US CHINA
LAND 9.8 M sq km 9.6 M sq km
POP 301 M 1,321 M
LIFE EXPECTENCY 78 years
75 (M) 81(F)
73 years 71 (M) 74(F)
LITERACY 99% 91%
POVERTY 12% 10%
CELL PHONE USERS 233M 461M
# AIRPORTS 14,947 467
RAIL LINES 226K km 75K km
PAVED ROADS 6.4 M km 1.5 M km
MILITARY BUDGET 4% GDP 4% GDP
PER CAPITA OIL CONSUMPTION/YR 7950 KG 570 KG

 


  • At the Forbidden City!
  • Unusually clear Beijing skyline from the drum tower.
  • Modern-ish architecture on the Beijing skyline.
  • Touristy - but colorful - hutong intersection....
  • ... as seen from the touristy - but colorful - hutong tour in a bicycle rickshaw.
  • Ubiquitous construction on every street, large and small.
  • Vegetable delivery.
  • "Respect" in the hood.
  • Bicycle as bbq.
  • Crazy sugar animal art.
  • Bright orange street cleaning militia on the move.
  • Erica and pal, Mao.
  • The entrance to the Forbidden City.
  • Symmetry, angles, and grandeur in the Forbidden City.
  • Classic animal symbolism along the roof cornice of a Forbidden City building.
  • Shameless enjoyment of a cold Starbucks iced Mocha on a sweltering hot day, smack dab in the heart of the Forbidden City. (Note, Starbucks has since closed their incongruously-loacted outlet)
  • Architectual detail in the Forbidden City.
  • Detail on a door hinge, Forbidden City.
  • The lake at the Summer Palace.
  • Imposing animal guards at the Summer Palace.
  • Summer Palace architecture.
  • Summer Palace main structure.
  • Dragon Boat to ply Summer Palace's disturbingly green water.
  • Gnarly tree, Summer Palace.
  • Erica finds a pal at the Summer Palace.
  • Embedded pebbles on Summer Palace pathways create foot-massage texture for thin-sock-wearinng royalty
  • Empassioned senior citizen singing troupe near the Summer Palace.
  • Fencepost, Tianenmen Square.
  • Erica gets in the mood in front of a statue commemerating the great socialist ideal.
  • Statue detail.