China is a land with a long and varied history, from the times of the dynasties to the emerging giant of today. There are a myriad of contrasts and mysteries waiting to be discovered.
The third-largest country in the world by size, China is bounded to the north by the deserts of Mongolia, to the west by the Tibetan plateau and the Himalayas, and to the east by the East and South China Seas. China’s 22 provinces and five autonomous regions are governed from Beijing, along with some 5000 islands. China isn’t just a country – it’s the old and the new world.
From shop-till-you-drop metropolises to the epic grasslands of Inner Mongolia – with deserts, sacred peaks, astounding caves and imperious ruins – China is a land of cultural and geographical wonders. It is also a land of towering mountains and epic landscapes – background scenery to the fall of dynasties, the rise of emperors and the turning of the revolutionary wheel.
China hasn’t done away with its Maoist past – it is more that the yin of revolutionary zeal is being balanced with the yang of economic pragmatism. The old guard communists are giving way to the new wave entrepreneurs. Be impressed by the high standard of hotels, by the friendliness of the people and how safe it is to travel around.