China (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide) by DK Publishing

By DK Publishing

DK Eyewitness go back and forth consultant: China finds the beauty of China's maximum points of interest, together with in-depth assurance of the Forbidden urban and Terracotta squaddies. The consultant offers professional suggestions for vacationing the nice Wall, cruising throughout the wonderful Yangzi 3 Gorges, and exploring the today's towns of Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Explore China's cultural background via richly illustrated gains on every thing from the Beijing Opera to Confucianism, calligraphy, and the cult of Mao.

DK Eyewitness shuttle consultant: China contains 3-D cutaway illustrations, ground plans, and reconstructions of the key architectural attractions, plus maps of the main towns and cities. the simplest areas to stick and devour were supplied through resident specialists and proposals on nearby specialties will make sure you don't omit China's most sensible dishes. Markets and fairs are indexed city via city.

With enormous quantities of full-color photos, hand-drawn illustrations, and customized maps that brighten each web page, DK Eyewitness commute consultant: China exhibits you this different state as not anyone else can.

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China (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)

DK Eyewitness shuttle advisor: China unearths the beauty of China's maximum attractions, together with in-depth insurance of the Forbidden urban and Terracotta infantrymen. The advisor presents professional suggestions for vacationing the good Wall, cruising in the course of the beautiful Yangzi 3 Gorges, and exploring the modern-day towns of Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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In addition, their roots hold together the topsoil helping prevent erosion and desertification. Heavy cultivation in recent years has led to sandstorms in Beijing. Forests here consist mainly of coniferous trees. Along with the evergreen fir, spruce, and pine, the deciduous larch is also common. To the south of these forest regions are mixed temperate broadleaf forests with oaks and birch prominent. Asiatic black bears (Ursus thibetanus) are found in many regions – even as far south as Hainan. In colder areas they hibernate in winter.

Laozi, the founder of Daoism, is a shadowy figure, who may have lived in the 6th century BC. The Daode Jing, which introduces the idea of Dao or the Way that permeates reality, is attributed to him. Han Xiangzi, one of the Eight Immortals, a popular group of Daoist adepts, is believed to have fallen from a sacred peach tree, which bestowed eternal life. He is usually shown playing a flute. Daoist alchemists aimed to find an elixir for eternal life, winning influence with emperors. Daoism influenced scientific development, and contributed to the discovery of gunpowder in the 9th century.

In business, all debts should be settled by Chinese New Year. Overall, the festivities last about 15 days but the whole country closes down for only four. Lion Dance Performed at New Year and other festivals. Usually two people are required to play the lion. The dance demands more martial arts skills than the Dragon Dance, also performed on these occasions. Fireworks exploding over Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour Firecrackers Strings of firecrackers are set off at New Year making the streets noisy and, potentially, dangerous places.

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