China is a huge country with the world’s largest population and throughout the roughly 5000-years of Chinese civilization, it has endured through millennia of tumultuous upheaval and revolutions, golden ages and periods of anarchy. Through the recent economic boom initiated by the reforms of Deng Xiaoping, China is once again one of the leading nations in the world, buoyed by its large, industrious population and abundant natural resources. The depth and complexity of the Chinese civilization, with its rich heritage, has fascinated Westerners such as Marco Polo through the Silk Road, and will continue to excite and bewilder the intrepid traveler today - Wikitravel.
An intrepid journey through China is easier than you might imagine, it’s possible to use the local bus and train network and stay at hostels and guesthouses where ever you find yourself. English isn’t widespread but you’ll meet young people on a daily basis who stop you and want to practice as solo travellers are still rare outside the major centers. China has been one of my favourite destinations as it far exceeded my expectations!
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