imperial carriage made from jade

Photo Gallery: China - Essence of China

China is a country in East Asia bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, and South China Sea and shares its borders with 14 sovereign states. China is one of the world's oldest civilizations. Over several milleania it developed from a simplistic society to a socialist society. The start of Qin Dynasty in 221BC marked the rise of federalism and ruled China for over 2400 years. There are 56 ethnic groups in China and the Han people represent 92 percent of the total population. There are 96.5 million ethnic minority people living in China, of which the majority lives in mountainous regions, such as Zhuang, Hui, Uyghur, Miao, Tibetan and many more. Some of these minorities wear their traditional costumes and hence it is possible to determine to which ethnic group a person belongs to. Travelling through China is a breathtaking experience. A journey from the past into the present day with a glimpse what's to come in the near future. While it is almost impossible to see everything, China has something to offer for everyone. Fascinating in every sense. Go and see for yourself.

Chinese man playing Sheng musical instrument or bamboo mouth organ

Ancient Chinese Ceremony

Traditional Chinese Play

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Terracotta Warriors, Shaolin temple fire pot

traditional chinese lucky charms

Chinese life-like Buddha figure

one of the countless ornate chinese temples

left chinese lanterns, right shutters of a chinese hotel

lanterns above the entrance to a chinese temple

left Temple of Heaven Park, Bejing, roofscape of a chinese temple complex
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