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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for China.

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How Far From China to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as China to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in China to:

  • Evergreen [Map], which is the Seat of Conecuh County, lies just to the South Southeast.
  • Montgomery [Map], which is the State Capital of Alabama, lies 71 miles [114.3 km] to the Northeast (NE). If you could drive a straight line from China to Montgomery, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 4 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC [Map]) is 758 miles [1,219.9 km] to the Northeast (NE). Driving would take just about two full days, a buggy would take 30 days and walking would take 43 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,656 miles [10,711.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,357 miles [11,839.9 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,236 miles [8,426.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named China ...

We have found 8 communities that share the name China.

While the name China is unique within Alabama, we know of another 8 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Alabama

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for China, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 513 miles [825.6 km] to the North


Calcasieu Parish

Our profile page for China, Calcasieu Parish
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Calcasieu Parish, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

Jefferson Davis Parish

Our profile page for China, Jefferson Davis Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 345 miles [555.2 km] to the West


Kennebec County

Our profile page for China, Kennebec County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,301 miles [2,093.8 km] to the Northeast

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Saint Clair County

Our profile page for China, Saint Clair County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.
Although located in Saint Clair County, we don't know the location of this community within the county.

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Howell County

Our profile page for China, Howell County   [Map]
Distance: About 448 miles [721 km] to the Northwest

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Delaware County

Our profile page for China, Delaware County   [Map]
Distance: About 972 miles [1,564.3 km] to the Northeast

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Jefferson County

Our profile page for China, Jefferson County   [Map]
Distance: About 446 miles [717.8 km] to the West

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for China. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that stretches from China. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- China) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in China. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.5235, Longitude: -87.0178     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for China have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from China to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Jerusalem is 313.662 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 308.997 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 310.784 degrees.

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<7>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for China.