Big, big, big. 1. 3 billion hard working, inventive people divided into 50 ethnic groups, though most are Han Chinese; 5, 000 years of arts and crafts; landscapes stretching from jungles to Mt. Everest with deserts on the side and the Silk Road in between; politics stretching from imperialism to capitalism with communism on the side; amazing structures ranging from the Great Wall to the Terracotta Army with dazzling skyscrapers and avante-garde structures on the side.
The food is fantastic, scenery varies from dreary, industrial plains to magical mountains and glaciers, the shopping is excellent and the country is working hard to be tourist-friendly, people no longer stare in horror when they hear English spoken.
This huge land is the centre of the earth according to Chinese tradition and it’s heading that way again in century 2K; the China buzz is thrilling.