To prepare your trip to discover this land of superlatives, you need our China travel guide. The most populous country in the world; the largest in Asia, with a multi-millennial culture, the Middle Kingdom is an empire of extremes. What China decides to do, it does, be that to physically move mountains; build a protective wall thousands of miles long; re-route rivers; guard an imperial tomb with a whole buried army; build the future by razing the past, for better and for worse. One example among a thousand, and one that’s particularly pertinent for visitors and locals alike, is that having flagrantly ignored the rampant pollution in Beijing, the authorities decided to tackle it. In the Beijing region,
coal powered power stations are banned, thousands of factories have been closed, and in a year, the concentration of fine particles in the capital has already fallen by more than 20%.