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Sam's Travels In Exotic China  - The Middle Kingdom

The first most Europeans heard about China were from the writings of Marco Polo in the 13th century, of an exotic kingdom in Asia called China.  While most westerners know little of Chinese history, the self-professed "Middle Kingdom," until English and other western merchants started to open China up for the purpose of trade in the 18th century.

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. China has one of the world's oldest people and continuous civilizations, consisting of states and cultures dating back more than six millennia. It has the world's longest continuously used written language system, and is the source of many major inventions, such as what the British scholar and biochemist Joseph Needham called the "four great inventions of Ancient China": paper, the compass, gunpowder, and printing. Historically, China's cultural sphere has extended across East Asia as a whole, with Chinese religion, customs, and writing systems being adopted to varying degrees by neighbors such as Japan, Korea and Vietnam. - www.wikipedia.org

China, whose 1.2 billion people represent 23% of the world's population is the most populace on Earth and the third largest based on total area.  China is no longer a secret society hidden behind the Great Walls and closed borders, but a  new and important member of a new world order.  It has overcome adversities of war, occupation, revolution and internal struggle to emerge as a world economic power.  Rich in history and blessed with new economic prosperity, it is a country in transition - embracing its rich heritage yet building for its new position as a major superpower.  it has finally embraced its claim that it is truly "The Middle Kingdom"

Map of China Pagoda and Statue, The Beauty and Romance of Hangzhou’s West Lake  Fall Colors at Panda Lake, Jiuzhaigou China  Winding Path - Yangshou County's Beautiful Countrysid

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