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Giant Buddha at Leshan
CONTRASTS so you want to discover China?
Well, you might need some help. If the opening ceremony to the Beijing Olympics in 2008 was any kind of cultural barometer, China is vast, diverse, complex and contradictory - a fusion of ancient and modern, and arguably the most important economic dynamo this side of late capitalism (an irony of sorts). Historically, the idea of a unified China is relatively new. The Qin state, which emerged in 221 BC, is said to be the first incarnation. But with a long history of dynastic rule, changing borders, warring provinces and cultural assimilation, the European notion of ‘China’ was only popularised by Marco Polo in the late 13th century. The most common name used throughout the pre-modern era was Zhōngguó, meaning Middle Kingdom. And if nothing else can be agreed upon about this country, China is certainly a Kingdom of stimuli. >
Terracotta warriors at Xian The forbidden city
Eliza Doolittle cover and interview