China is located in eastern Asia. It is surrounded by fourteen other countries and the East China Sea. China is the world's fourth largest country, and although it geographically covers five time zones, the entire country goes by UTC+08:00.
Population: 1.37 billion
Ethnic Groups: Han Chinese (91.6%), Zhuang (1.3%), Other (7.1%)
Languages: Mandarin/Chinese (Official), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghainese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, Minority Languages
Religions: Buddhist (18.2%), Christian (5.1%), Muslim (1.8%), Folk Religion (21.9%), Hindu (<0.1%), Jewish (<0.1%), Other (0.7%), Unaffiliated (52.2%)
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated July 5, 2017
In Canada: 1,769,200
In the GTA: 700,705
In Toronto: 332,830
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
Markham, Richmond Hill, Mississauga, Vaughan, and City of Toronto (Ward 41 & 42 Scarborough-Rouge River, Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt, Ward 24 Willowdale, Ward 33 & 34 Don Valley East, Ward 23 Willowdale, Ward 28 & 30 Toronto Centre, Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina).
Since the 1990s, extensive reforms have occurred in China. It is now the world's fastest-growing economy. With the world's largest population, China produces a huge amount of the world's manufactured goods. Despite its growing economic success and emergence as a world superpower, China faces social problems such as economic inequality and human rights concerns. The Chinese government strictly controls the religious groups of the country. The five religious groups (Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, Protestantism, and Catholicism) are monitored by the government. It is said that many Christians in China worship secretly in house churches because the government strictly regulates Christian churches. However, religious freedoms have increased in the past decade or so, and some are cautiously optimistic for the future.