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A Quick Tip by Sharrie

  • Jan 7, 2010
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Most populated country. Most notable architecture being the Great Wall of China. Lived here for 3 years and still loving it.
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review by . January 09, 2010
As the tiger approaches
China is coming out of its shell like a snail is. What it is not is moving at a slow pace.     My first entry into China was back then in August 1993. We were in Hong Kong for a short weekend but then I decided to extend it to Beijing for a week. That’s some 16+ years ago. Long before anyone would have known China was going to host the Olympics Games in August 2008!   So, now that it had, what’s the prognosis?      I had written travelogs …
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I'm a traveler at heart & have been nicknamed Travel Queen by friends & colleagues alike. Traveling has been my life passion for the last decade or so. As we enter a new decade, I'm excited … more
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 China is a cultural region, an ancient civilization, and, depending on perspective, a national or multinational entity extending over a large area in East Asia.

In 1949, when major combat ended in the Chinese Civil War, two political entities emerged having the term "China" in their names:
  • People's Republic of China The People's Republic of China (PRC), established in 1949, commonly known as China, has control over mainland China and the largely self-governing territories of Hong Kong (since 1997) and Macau (since 1999).
  • Republic of China The Republic of China (ROC), established on the mainland in 1911, nowadays commonly known as Taiwan, has control over the islands of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu after losing control of the mainland in 1949.

China has one of the world's oldest civilizations and has the oldest continuous civilization. It has archaeological evidence dating back over 5,000 years. China had the largest economy for most of the last two millenia; until the 1850s when it missed the industrial revolution. Subsequently, imperialism, wars and civil wars damaged the country and its economy for most of the twentieth century. In the 1970s, economic reforms transformed the country and made it one of the major economic powers once again. China is viewed as the source of many major inventions. It has one of the world's oldest written language systems.

Historically, China's cultural sphere has extended across East Asia as a whole, with Chinese ...
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