Last week I asked “Which 2 country share their borders with 14 other countries,” and if you guessed Russia and China you would be correct. Russia shares its massive border with: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, North Korea and China. China shares borders with: North Korea, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.
With these lengthy lists you can imagine that these two countries are absolutely massive. China is the 3rd largest country in the world, while Russia is the first. And although they both border the same number of countries, Russia would have won if it were just 2.4 miles closer to the United States. Now you may be thinking, how is this possible, Russia isn’t only 2.4 miles from America. But think of Alaska, at its nearest point Russia and the U.S. are only 2.4 miles apart. Russia is so big that it’s actually bigger than the planet (again) Pluto. And 77% of Russia is made of Siberia, meaning it is one cold country.
Now although I am writing this blog about Russia and China, unless done illegally no one in China could actually read this. Social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, etc., are banned there. If you remember from above I said that China is the 3rd largest country in the world. With that being said they only have 1 time zone. Because the country actually sits on 5 time zones, that means the sun rises in some areas of China at 10am. And with the largest population in the world, that means millions and millions of people start their day in the dark.
Although I have never been to China, I have been to Russia and it makes for a fabulous vacation. I toured St. Petersburg and Moscow for 10 days and although it was full of culture, history and lots of food and drinks it would also appeal to the fun seeking traveller as well.
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