China has a history of over 4 000 years. Together with ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt and the ancient Greeks, it is one of the old world’s four great ancient civilisations. It therefore has a rich and colourful culture, very distinctive cuisine, old and modern art and amazing historical sites. It is huge, boasting 9.597 million km² of natural beauty and landscapes changing from grassland, to desert, to mountains, lakes and rivers and a beautiful 14 000 km long coastline. Home to nearly a fifth of the world’s population it is no surprise that an economic boom in recent years have seen unprecedented modernization in sprawling cities. Despite this, ancient tradition still thrives. This vast country cannot be compared to any other and must be experience first-hand.