Ever since the world discovered China through the writings of adventurer Marco Polo more than seven centuries ago, we’ve come to regard this huge Asian country as the embodiment of all that is mysterious and exotic. Even now, after decades of economic growth, this vast country has lost none of its fascination; indeed, the contrast between China’s ancient customs and the new ultra-modern state that is developing, has only increased our fascination with a culture that dates back many millennia. And, it’s a culture that is much celebrated by the Chinese themselves, as evidenced by the preservation of such important historic sites as the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace in the capital of Beijing, each of which magnificently recalls the days of China’s emperors.
And then of course, there’s the famous Great Wall, winding some six thousand seven hundred kilometres from Central Asia to the Yellow Sea while its countless shrines exude the spirit of age-old Eastern religions. As big as a continent, China offers limitless scope for adventure and, whether you choose to visit the Terracotta Warriors in Xian or travel aboard a luxury cruise ship through the picturesque Yangtze Gorges, visit a bustling metropolis or seek out the tranquility of an ancient temple, China has something for everyone.
In terms of sheer size, China is so vast, so diverse and evolves so swiftly that it’s always an adventure.
Impressively diverse in all aspects of her geographic, ethnic, culinary and social make-up, China is a country on the move.
Since Europeans first read with astonishment Marco Polo’s account of his 20-year sojourn at the court of Kublai Khan