China holds the imagination of outsiders like few countries can. The Great Wall and the Forbidden City, the silks and scrolls, Confucius and kung fu, all speak of an ancient and resourceful civilization that prizes wisdom and the senses. The tremendous energy of China's diverse people is now turning to self-renewal and modernization, which will affect us all.

One never lacks excitement in China. From traditional Chinese opera to a world-class film industry, from art museums to multimedia electronics, from open air stalls to splendid stores and restaurants, there is something for everyone in China.