By Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
In those four all-new titles-each with its personal clip-art CD and wall chart-DK shines its Eyewitness highlight on very important issues from the prior, current, and destiny. whereas Mesopotamia discover the cradle of civilization and nice Scientists finds the minds that formed the trendy international, China investigates the present-day tradition of the main populous nation on this planet, and Oil takes a glance on the arguable substance accountable for the beginning-and, if weren't cautious, the tip of lifestyles as we all know it this day.
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These slowmoving mammals roam forests in the remote mountains of southwest China, eating almost nothing but bamboo. Decades of forest destruction and poaching mean that giant pandas are endangered in the wild, but their future might finally be secure. At conservation centers such as Wolong Panda Reserve, Chinese scientists have perfected methods of breeding giant pandas and have established a healthy captive population. Long tail is usedÂ€in male’s courtship display TOP PREDATOR China’s largest predator is the Amur tiger, named for its homeland in the Amur River region between northeast China and the far east of Russia.
Unlike in shops, prices are rarely marked and people barter with the stallholders. In rural areas, weekly fairs are the main event in village life. Villagers visit them for social reasons and not just to go shopping. Stallholders pay a small tax to the local government, which many poor farmers, such as these in the town of Kashgar in western China, cannot afford. Instead, they squat at the roadside to sell their produce, often charging less than normal market prices. If the police spot the street vendors they may confiscate their goods.
Chinese computer keyboards use Pinyin—a system of writing Chinese words in the Latin (ordinary) alphabet. The computer automatically converts the Pinyin spelling to the correct Chinese characters on screen. Aside from computing, parents and pupils give top priority to science, technology, and maths. These subjects are regarded as the most useful for getting a job. VILLAGE CLASSROOM Eight out of 10 primary- and middle-school pupils in China attend schools in the countryside. These schools are often poor, with old buildings and basic furniture.