what complications can arise when a country as vast as china has only one time zone?
- 9 years agoFavorite Answer
China is a vast country encompassing a geographic expanse of the equivalent of five time zones, yet it maintains only one time zone. This single time zone is China Standard Time, or Beijing Time, which is Greenwich Mean Time, plus 8 hours (GMT+8). It is also referred to as Coordinated Universal Time, plus 8 hours (UTC+8). UTC is the same as GMT, except it allows for the occasional leap second to satisfy the slight slowing of the earth’s rotation.
Before the 1949 Chinese Civil War and the establishment of the Communist People’s Republic of China (PRC), China was divided into five time zones. From east to west, they were Changpai Time Zone, Chungyuan Standard Time Zone, Kansu-Szechuan Time Zone, Sinkiang-Tibet Time Zone, and Kunlun Time Zone, ranging from GMT + 8.5 to 5.5 respectively.
China is the largest country with only one time zone, followed by India. Living in a country with a common time would be comparable to the United States having Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago and New York all in the same time zone.
Much of China is still agricultural, with the people farming the land. As farmers, they are not as concerned about the official time of day, but rather, the work is dictated by the sun and the needs of crops and livestock. With soil erosion and much of the farmland being urbanized, many small communities are no longer reliant on farming. As the people become more involved in manufacturing, time will become more of an issue. To solve this dilemma, some communities use their own private time, along with the nations single zone time.
In western China, the sun may not rise until 10:00am, and it sets much later than normal as well. This makes the winters even more pronounced. There is a single unified national news announcement, programmed simultaneously all over the country. Though this eliminates any confusion or conflicting elements in hearing the daily news, it requires the factories and businesses to make available options for their workers.
- ٩๏̯͡๏)۶Lv 49 years ago
Morning news for western china, already afternoon in eastern china.