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The People's Republic of China has been nicknamed the Sleeping Giant, among other things. This seems an apt description of this enormous land of varied climate, geography, culture, music, politics, history, art and attractions. There is more to see and do in China than you could cover in a lifetime — or two — so you'll need to pick and choose among the fabulous places to start. Beijing is the capital city and host to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. Much preparation has been done to get China ready to welcome the world, so this is a great time to visit. You can visit the Forbidden City, tour the Summer Palace, walk the historic Tiananmen Square, even stopping to eat at McDonald's there. Less well known, but equally as fascinating, is taking a bicycle rickshaw tour of the Hutongs of Beijing — an area of ancient homes and tiny alleys. Beijing is also close to several popular spots on the Great Wall of China, truly one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Be prepared, though, to climb more than walk the Great Wall. Shanghai is China's largest city, growing at an alarming rate — a big, busy, metropolitan center with a distinctly divided personality. The number of skyscrapers going up each year is daunting and makes Shanghai seem so much more modern and urban than much of China. Taking a taxi ride there is truly an adventure — hold on tight! However, don't try crossing a street without watching for bicycles laden with cargo. More recently, Xian has become famous for the fascinating Terra Cotta warriors found deep in the earth. And don't forget the more traditional Chinese tourist attractions of the Yangtze River and the Silk Road tour. For non-Asian travelers, a visit to China is more like a trip to another planet than simply a tour of another country — so climb aboard, your ship is waiting.

 

Famous Residents

Famous people that live in or are from China
  • John Woo
  • Jackie Chan
  • Bruce Lee
  • Jimmy Choo
  • Yao Ming
  • Mao Zedong
  • Chiang Kaishek
 

 

Local Color

What makes China unique
  • Acrobatics
  • Spitting
  • Table Tennis
  • Martial Arts
  • Tai Chi
 

 

Nicknames

China's alter egos
  • The Sleeping Giant
  • The Red Dragon
  • Asia's Womb & Tongue
  • The Middle Kingdom
 

 

Major Industries

Most profitable industries in China
  • Manufacturing
  • Telecommunications
  • Software
  • Agriculture
  • Iron, Steel, Coal & Machinery
  • Textiles & Apparel
  • Jewelry
 

 

Geographic Regions

Regions that extend into China
  • Gobi Dessert
  • Alluvial Plains
  • Inner Mongolian Plateau
  • Hills & low Mountain Ranges
  • River Valleys & Deltas
  • Himalayan Mountains