Historically it is one of the world’s oldest, intricate, and fascinating dynasties. China is for the most part a mountainous country. It borders several countries Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, India, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Vietnam. The estimated population is approximately 1.3 billion people. Until 1978 the government was strictly communist giving way economically to many insufficiencies. The market based modernization of the country has been responsible for a great shift in productivity. The greatest gains have been made in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Shanghai. China is referred to as the “sleeping giant” by monetary speculators for quite some time as more and more it awakens to its strength economically. It is now only second to the U.S. for investment output. The tide is slowly turning because strong government controls on population control measures do not exist anymore. This can be both a good point and a negative point of departure for China as population growth has consequences on the environment.
Climatically the country is extremely diverse with regions of subtropical weather in the south and areas of sub arctic weather in the north. Temperatures range from below zero F in winter to 85 F in summer. Monsoon season regularly threatens coastal areas starting in April and lasting until October. One official dialect does exist in language however every region has its own style which other areas do not understand, on the other hand written language is such that all are universally understood in written form.
Many of the world’s most advanced inventions came from China notably paper, printing, silk, the abacus, and the compass. Places to see and things to do in the nation vary as much as the climate therefore depending on what one is most interested in. The best times of year to visit are in spring and fall.
Hong Kong offers a whole spectrum of everything for the visitor from big city shopping, sight seeing, deep relaxation, historical exploration and in many places one finds the comfort of western civilization influence. Getting around the city is very easy.
Beijing shows all the signs of modernization so there are many restaurants and shopping centers with something to interest everyone, but clearly even more interesting one can visit the historically significant places namely, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven Park and the LamaTemple. Shanghai is known as a very stylish city that has thoroughly embraced a freer state of culture. The YuyuanGardens and bazaar is the place to go to buy souvenirs, witness the classic Ming design and represents the best in local fast food. Night time in the city is the best in all the country having jazz clubs, bars and dance clubs. Shanghai is developing a reputation of being a shopping paradise.
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