Source: Xinhua

02-17-2009 10:38

BEIJING, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao is to begin a state visit to Tanzania late Saturday. The following are some basic facts about the African country.
Kilimanjaro mountain, the highest mountain in Africa, in northeast Tanzania near the Kenya border, rising in two snow-capped peaks to 5,898.7 m (19,340 ft). (File Photo)
Kilimanjaro mountain, the highest mountain in Africa, in 
northeast Tanzania near the Kenya border, rising in two 
snow-capped peaks to 5,898.7 m (19,340 ft). (File Photo)

Located in east Africa, south of the Equator, Tanzania consists of two major parts -- the mainland Tanganyika and the island Zanzibar, which is separated from the mainland by a narrow channel.

Covering a total area of more than 945,000 square km, Tanzania is bounded on the north by Uganda and Kenya, on the east by the Indian Ocean, on the south by Mozambique and Malawi, on the southwest by Zambia and on the west by Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.