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How old is China?

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Recorded Chinese history dates as far back as 4,000 years. It is considered one of the great ancient civilizations of the world and the only one that still thrives.

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Although Chinese civilization can be traced back four millennia, fossils dating back more than a million years have been found in what is now modern day China. Evidence of early civilizations dates back as far as 8,000 years. Today, with more than 1 billion people, China has the largest population in the world. Several of the country's cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, have populations in excess of 10 million people.

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