THE CAN DO QUIZ
1. On which continent is China located?
2. What are the colours of the Chinese flag?
Blue and Yellow
Red and Yellow
Click or hover over a country name below to see it on the map.
DID YOU KNOW?
Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. In the Chinese language, Beijing means ‘northern capital.’
DID YOU KNOW?
China is a very large country and has the greatest climate differences. It can be freezing cold in the north and very warm in the south.
China has four seasons. Select from the boxes below to see the Forbidden City in each season.
June to August
September to November
December to February
March to May
FAMOUS LANDMARKS OF CHINA
Great Wall of China
Located mainly in the north, the Great Wall stretches from Gansu in the west to Liaoning in the east. The wall was built to protect against the threat of invasion. It is 21,196 kilometres (13,170 miles) in length and can be seen in images taken from space.
Located on the border of Tibet and Nepal in the Himalayas, is the world’s highest mountain. It is over 60 million years old and stands 8,848 metres (29,031 feet) tall.
Temple of Heaven
Located in Beijing, the temple was built in the 15th century by Emperor Cheng Zu. The tallest part of the building is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest. Known as Tian Tan, it was where Emperors once performed annual rituals hoping for a good harvest.
This busy waterway is 6,300 kilometres (3,915 miles) long and is the third largest river in the world. Known as Chang Jian, it flows from the plateau of Tibet in the west, eastward toward Shanghai and the China Sea.
NATIVE CHINESE ANIMALS
Name the animal
Drag and drop the correct name onto the correct animal image
NATIONAL ANTHEM, FLAG AND CURRENCY
‘March of the Volunteers’ is the official national anthem.
The national flag of the People’s Republic of China is coloured red with five gold stars. The number of stars is significant, in that the numeral five is considered special in ancient Chinese culture. It reflects the five elements, earth, water, fire, wood and metal.
Red stands for resolution, while the large gold star represents the Chinese government and the four smaller stars reflect the country’s citizens.
Zeng Liansong designed the flag which was first hoisted in Tiananmen Square in 1949.
DID YOU KNOW?
Chinese currency is called renminbi or yuan ‘元.’
One yuan ‘元’ is equal to 10 Chinese jiǎo ‘角.’
One jiǎo ‘角’ is equal to 10 fēn ‘分.’
Notes come in denominations of 1角, 2角 and 5角 (jiǎo) and 1元, 2元, 5元, 10元, 20元, 50元 and 100 元 (yuan).
CAN DO KIDS BAND HIGHLIGHTS
Click on one of the Can Do Kids
to hear more about their experience in China.
I enjoyed hearing stories about the old Silk Road. I imagined going back in time and seeing traders sharing news and carrying spices and silk. Today we share information and shop online. This is so different to the way they did things back then.
I was amazed to hear and play very different instruments on our tour of China. The local people taught me new rhythms and tunes. Their traditional music tells stories from the past.
It was so amazing to walk the Great Wall of China. It is the longest wall in the world. Seeing the Terracotta Warriors was a highlight for me. They are life size soldiers made from clay. There are thousands of them.
The band travelled down the Yangtze River. I was lucky enough to see a Chinese alligator, a river dolphin and other endangered species. We stopped to hike and saw an old temple along the way.
I was so happy that the band enjoyed the country where I was born. It was fun to show the main sites of China to my friends. I even taught the band to speak in Mandarin. It is tricky but they did a good job.