Unformatted text preview: ciety; suitable for agriculture; industrial base.
Frontiers: Inner Mongolia, Manchuria, Ningxia, Gansu, western Sichuan, Tibet, Qinghai, and Xinjiang – Minorities, most adhere to Islam or Lama Buddhism; mountainous and deserts; traditionally, nomadic herders or farmed in oases; richest sources for oil and coal. Regional difference within China proper between north and south of the Yangtze River. The northern portion is the cultural heart of China; the northern Mandarin dialect is the basis for the standard Chinese language.
Southern China is an area of greater agricultural richnes...
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- Fall '12
- I. Geography, Chinese Civilization