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Old 02-02-2015, 10:38 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Post more pictures, this is neat.
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Old 02-04-2015, 01:22 PM
 
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The whole of Europe would as as diverse, if not more, than China or the US. You find it all here.
No.
Show me a place in Europe that is tropical?
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Old 02-04-2015, 06:56 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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No.
Show me a place in Europe that is tropical?
Are the Canary Islands considered tropical?

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Old 02-04-2015, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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In short the best thing about China is not the culture, history, people or cities that's so much touted in the brochures, but the huge amount of different landscapes beyond the urban areas. Not many people know this but 2/3 of the country is non-arable due to the huge amounts of mountain (most in the world, with 24 ranges including the world's highest), plus the largest and tallest high plateau, averaging 15,000ft but covering a whopping 2.5 million sq km, threaded by many of the longest rivers sourcing from massive snowmelts in the 'roof of the world' / Third Pole that is the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas, which in turn carves out the deepest gorges, canyons and bizarre subtropical valleys below the tundra. Then there are the huge deserts of rock, sand and ice, plus of course all the types of forest one can think of (from temperate rainforest, to jungle to eucalyptus to redwood to bamboo to conifer). It has the greatest wetlands, and mangroves (giving it the biggest bird population, migration destination and biodiversity), and grasslands from high steppe to savannah. This is why 1.2 billion are crammed into the remaining third of the country to build their cities and farm all their food, and why the urban areas are so dense and the agriculture so intensively farmed. When we think of China we tend to think of that area in the eastern third, not the multitudinous regions outside it.
Incredible pics and awesome landscapes! China is impressive...
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Metro Phoenix
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Incredible pics and awesome landscapes! China is impressive...
It really is. Any time I get out into the countryside, even here in Guangdong, I'm blown away by how beautiful it is. It's something that the rest of the world is underexposed to.





I took all these photos at Dafushan Park here in Guangzhou.
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Old 02-04-2015, 10:33 PM
 
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The pics in this thread are just INSANE!
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Old 02-04-2015, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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Thank you sharing this knowledge. Like someone else mentioned already, Europe and the US are more or less equal in size. As geographical diversity tends to vary with distance, it makes more sense to compare equally sized entities like Europe and the US than to compare individual countries to a large area like the US. The fact that the OP failed to notice this subtlety, does not make it less true.
You want to include all of Europe, fine, but then it is Europe vs North America.
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Old 02-09-2015, 03:17 AM
 
Location: BC Canada
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I think without a doubt it is. I think the only other country that would come close to the US in geographic and climate variety would be China but still a distant second.
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Russia
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smool, Oh, famous Tszyankunchzhu! Insanely beautiful place.

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Post more pictures, this is neat.
I can show expanses of Russia, if you're interested.
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Honolulu/DMV Area/NYC
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Many would say yes (or at least sub-tropical), but that's where posters who are tring to compare the European continent to certain large countries get into trouble. The Canary Islands are a part of the African, not European, continent. Yes, they are controlled by Spain, and, so, could be used by one to argue Spain's geographic diversity in this discussion of countries, NOT continents. However, to those who are trying to compare Europe as a continent to large countries like the United States, despite the clear purpose of this thread, you have to actually stick to the continent! When discussing Europe as a continent for the purposes of this debate, African and Caribbean possessions of European nations don't cut it!

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