What is the capital of China?
|Full Country Name||People's Republic of China|
|Local - Long||Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo|
|Local - Short||Zhongguo|
|Etymology- history of name||English name derives from the Qin (Chin) rulers of the 3rd century B.C., who comprised the first imperial dynasty of ancient China; the Chinese name Zhongguo translates as "Central Nation"|
|Government Type||communist party-led state|
|Capital - geographic coordinate||39 55 N, 116 23 E|
|Capital Time Difference||UTC+8 (13 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time) note; despite its size, all of China falls within one time zone|
|Independence||1 October 1949 (People's Republic of China established); notable earlier dates: 221 B.C. (unification under the Qin Dynasty); 1 January 1912 (Qing Dynasty replaced by the Republic of China)|
|National Holiday||National Day (anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China), 1 October|
history: several previous; latest promulgated 4 December 1982
amendments: proposed by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress or supported by more than one-fifth of the National People’s Congress membership; passage requires more than two-thirds majority vote of the Congress membership; amended several times, last in 2018
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