Everyone's talking about China. And if you're not, you're probably wearing or using something that was made there. With one of the oldest civilizations, a violent, imperial, and often reclusive past, and a now booming economy that promises to take over the world, China is charging headlong into modernity. A terrain as diverse as the cuisine, an ancient, all-pervasive culture, and some of the most modern cities on earth, China is an absolute must-see. To get under its skin, read 'The Good Earth' by Pearl S Buck, watch Zhang Yimou's 'Raise The Red Lantern' and listen to the Chinese National Orchestra.
Best time to visit: March to May and September to November. Winters in north, south and central China can fall below -20 at night, while summers in north and central China rise to above 38°C and can go above 47°C in the northwest. Tibet meanwhile, has one of the harshest climates in winter as well as in summer.
Steamed rice and noodles form the staple food of China though the cuisine varies according to the region. The cuisine differs according to the region. Cantonese cuisine is healthier with more steamed, boiled or stir-fried food, Beijing cuisine is famous for being rich and more elaborate, Hunan cuisine is thick and pungent, while the cuisine of Sichuan is spicier than the rest. Chinese tea is a part of every meal, throughout the day.
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The best and easiest way to see the highlights is on an escorted tour, where all your travel, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements are well taken care of. A knowledgeable local guide brings history and culture to life as you travel in the comfort of your deluxe coach.
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