Ten million square kilometres, well over a billion inhabitants and nearly four thousand years of continuous history can’t even begin to explain China. Nowhere else has the same ability to completely change your perceptions on life, nature and humanity. Now is definitely the time to be there too, as the shackles of an experimental twentieth century are thrown off and the country leaps headfirst into a shiny new future.
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When one in five people on the planet is Chinese, can one really say there such a thing as one Chinese culture? Surely the country is just too vast for a single culture? But there are some things that you will find across all of China. Great food is one thing; a warm welcome another.
Shanghai is a huge expanse which you could spend a whole lifetime exploring. If you arrive by plane, you’ll get a pretty good feel for where China is going during your sub-8-minute 30km journey from the airport by maglev train (top speed 430km/h). In contrast, the Old City still has a knot of ancient wooden buildings which offer a glimpse into China’s past and possibly the best selection of Art Deco buildings in the world; relics from the pre-communist years. Power centre Beijing has an enticing mix of the imperial and the imperious.
Outside of the cities, China is as diverse as you would expect of such a huge nation. Explore the serene mountains of Tibet, try milk beer or Mare’s milk wine in Mongolia, stumble upon a “new” city of 10 million inhabitants that is barely on the maps yet. You are only limited by your imagination!
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