Contrary to what many may think, most of China is harldy populated

April 3, 2013

Contrary to what many may think, only 45% of China’s land is properly populated. Roughly speaking, 55% of China’s land is empty.

Of the total population of 1.33 billion people, as many as 1.26 billion live in the South and Southeast, while the North and Northwest are hardly populated at all. This translates into 45% of China’s territory being home to 95% of people, with the remaining 55% of the territory containing only 5% of the population. To illustrate my point, light coloured areas on the map below comprise 55 percent of the country’s land area, but contain only about 5 percent of its population:

55% of China is hardly populated

The provinces with low population density are the Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang and Tibet autonomous regions, Gansu and Qinghai. There, the density of population is somewhere between 0 to 50 people per square kilometer, closer to the lower end.

Expect to see hardly any people, empty surroundings and clean air (!) when driving in these parts of China:

55% of China is hardly populated

To further illustrate my point about hugely uneven distribution of China’s population, have a look at the road map of China. You can see how there are so few roads in the North and Northwest compared to the North and Northwest of China.

Contrary to what may may think, 55% of China is hardly populated

On the upside, partly because of uneven distribution of population and infrastructure, North and Northeast of China remain relatively untouched, clean and stunningly beautiful.

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

North and Northeast of China are stunningly beautiful

images via nub1an.livejournal.com

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