This novel provides examples of:
- Babel Fish: Augmentation.
- Character Title: "China Mountain" would be a reasonable translation of 中山, or zhōngshān.
- China Takes Over the World: The entire premise.
- Culture Clash: Major theme of this novel.
- Deadly Game: The kite race.
- Gayngst: A major cause of angst for the eponymous character Zhongshan Zhang and co, cumulates in Haibao's suicide. Somewhat justified for according to The Other Wiki homosexual conduct wasn't officially decriminalized in mainland China when this book was written.
- I Just Want to Be Beautiful: San-Xiang. She finally gets it but what happens afterwards is horrible.
- Mars: Mars base.