One of the largest countries in the world and the most populous, China is opening up more every year as a tourist destination. It is engaged in the greatest raising of living standards in human history, and western influences are becoming more and more prevalent.

The megacities of Beijing, with Tiananmen Square and easy access to the Great Wall of China, and Shanghai, with one of the most outrageous skylines in the world, draw most tourists, but other popular sites include the fog-clad limestone peaks of and gravity-defying walkways of Yellow Mountain, the terracotta warriors in Xi'an, the snow sculptures of Harbin, the karst mountains of Guilin and the vast expanses of Tibet.


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Why you should go:

Because it is changing fast and will never be the same again.

Why you shouldn't:

You don't like Asian food.

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