Compiled by JUDI CHENG
Name: Sun YiChen, age 11
Home: Shanghai, China
Languages: Mandarin Chinese, Shanghai dialect, English
Favorite food: Dumpling (jiaozi)
School: Shanghai YuYi Primary
Favorite subjects: Sports and music
Favorite pastimes: Playing videogames and rollerblading
How he feels about China hosting the Olympics: “Excellent.”
What he would like kids in the U.S. to know about his country: Great Wall and panda
China at a Glance
Formal name: The People’s Republic of China
Population: 1,295,330,000 in 31 provinces; 56 ethnic groups
Largest city: Shanghai
Official language: Mandarin
Currency: Renminbi (RMB), yuan
Average life span: 71 years
President: Hu Jintao, elected March 15, 2003
History: China was subject to foreign imperialism and invasions for centuries before there was a communist revolution in 1949, which replaced feudalism.
Learn a little Mandarin!
(pronunciation in parentheses)
How are you: Ni hao (“nee how”)
I’m very well: Wo hen hao (“waw hun how”)
Thank you: Xie xie (“shyeh-shyeh”)
Friend: Peng you (“pung yo”)
Let’s eat: Wo men chi ba (“waw mun ch ba”)
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