Traveling to China and Asia

China is an amazing cultural treasure of the world situated in eastern Asia. Its natural wealth, five millennia of history, and an old continuous civilization,  place China as a great travel destination.

Numerous historical monuments scattered across the vast territory are vestiges of the ancient Chinese culture. These include: the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, X’ian’s Terracotta Army and Tiananmen Square. The vast land of this country also hosts various natural landscapes, such as the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River, the Silk Road, the Tibet or Hainan Island.

Distinct cities feature distinct panorama and cultural background in China. Beijing is the capital city and a beautiful cultural center. It is host of the Olympics this year.

Shanghai is largest city and the major business center with many commercial opportunities. Nanjing and Suzhou are historical places. Guangzhou is a modern prosperous city and Guilin is a paradise location. There are more than nine cities in China that should be visited.

In the world, China is the most populous country, over 1.3 billion population. China is also the third largest country in terms of area, it has an area of 9.6 million square kilometres. Economists think that China will be the most world economy powerful within 20 years. Because of its large population, rapidly growing economy, extensive research and development investments, China is often considered as an emerging superpower. Finally, China has more than 5,000 years of alive history. For these reasons, traveling to China is like traveling to another world.

The rapid Chinese’s growth has improved the tourist infrastructure. China has become one of the most visited countries in the World. Nearly 50 million tourists travel to China every year.

If you’re visiting Asia, don’t miss out of the wealth and traditions of China. The countries fascinating history jostles with the urban cities of Shanghai and Beijing to create the perfect culture clash to explore on a visit to China with plenty of cheap flights to choose from.


Chinese government reacts to successful theatrical premiere of Dalai Lama film and positive press in Taiwan


Los Angeles, CA (July 29, 2009) – The Chinese government often has the clout and muscle to prevent Hollywood films from being released in Asia, and can even discourage films from having an extended release in the West if they are perceived to threaten Chinese policy.

Films starring such big name stars as Richard Gere and Sharon Stone were boycotted by China after the actors expressed support for the Tibet Independence Movement. After Disney released Kundun, Martin Scorsese’s 1997 feature film about the Dalai Lama, the studio incurred the wrath of the Chinese government, and Disney films were banned for an indefinite period of time.

Recently, after a theatrical documentary film about the Dalai Lama and narrated by Harrison Ford entitled Dalai Lama Renaissance ( was released in theaters in Taiwan this summer and received front page positive press in the Chinese language Taiwanese newspapers, the Chinese government took keen notice.

The People’s Daily, a daily newspaper and media arm of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, quickly and sharply criticized Dalai Lama Renaissance in an article in its online edition.

The article, posted July 14th in the People’s Daily Online entitled “Western Movies Build Grand and Perfect Image of Dalai Lama,” argues that “in recent years, a wave of ‘Dalai Lama fever’ has appeared in the Western movie industry… describing the Chinese government’s peaceful liberation of Tibet as ‘cruel oppression,’ and depicting the Dalai Lama’s life in India as difficult… Some movies even advocate the Dalai Lama’s concept of [Tibetan] ‘independence.’”

Although the title of the article refers to “Movies,” the article exclusively focuses on Dalai Lama Renaissance. Referring to the film, which has been distributed in cinemas around the world, the article criticizes that “the part of the movie related to the peaceful liberation of Tibet was filled with political bias, reflecting the director’s ignorance and misunderstanding of Tibet’s history… The movie transforms the Dalai Lama into an omniscient sage, reflecting a ‘misunderstanding’ of the Dalai Lama’s image in the West… In fact, what these movies depict is just the ‘anesthesia’ given by the Dalai Lama to the West.”

The fact that the Chinese Communist Party’s main media organization has chosen to criticize the film may be a defensive reaction to the very positive press that Dalai Lama Renaissance received in the Chinese language media in Taiwan, where it premiered in front of sold-out audiences on June 1. And it may be an attempt to counteract any effect on readers in mainland China, who often have access to Chinese language news from Taiwan.

Taiwan’s best-selling weekly newspaper, E Weekly, gave the film a rating of 82, which is one of the highest ratings that a film has received in the past year in Taiwan. According to its Taiwanese theatrical distributor, Blockbuster of Taiwan (no relation to Blockbuster video in the United States), E Weekly regularly gives films far lower ratings. FTV, a television station in Taiwan, also reported that that the premiere of the film in Taiwan was very successful, with not an empty seat in the cinema, and that “many people were touched after watching the film.” The Taipei Times wrote that “the film rapidly grabs hold of you… an insightful documentary.”

Ironically, the Chinese Communist Party may feel most threatened by the idea brought up in the film regarding economic sanctions against China from the West. But despite this being a near unanimous suggestion by the Westerners in a scene in Dalai Lama Renaissance, the Dalai Lama discouraged the proposal.

The Taiwanese newspaper The Liberty Times points out that, in the film, “the Dalai Lama thinks that humanity is the most important thing in the world and economic sanctions might affect many Chinese citizens, thus he is hesitant whether such an approach is right.”

The People’s Daily also tries to discredit the producer-director of the film, Khashyar Darvich. In its article, the newspaper claims that the director is a “follower” of the Dalai Lama, and supports this assertion by referring to an interview where Darvich mentioned that he produced the film party for the opportunity to spend time with the exiled Tibetan leader.

“It’s interesting that the Chinese Communist Party refers to me as a follower of the Dalai Lama,” Darvich responded. “Although I respect the Dalai Lama as a man of peace, just as the Nobel Peace Prize Committee did by awarding him the Nobel Peace prize, and as do most governments around the world, I am not a Dalai Lama groupie. When I began the film, I was not very familiar with the Dalai Lama’s ideas. I think that his actions, and the respect that he garners around the world, speaks for itself.”

Despite the Chinese Communist Party’s attempt to discredit the film, Producer-Director Khashyar Darvich states that his production company, Wakan Films, has just signed an agreement to release Dalai Lama Renaissance unofficially into China itself, under the radar of the Chinese Government.

“My hope,” says Darvich, “is that the film will open a dialog between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama, and that the average Chinese citizen will be able to see that the Dalai Lama is not such a bad guy and is interested in a solution to the Tibet issue that serves the highest good and benefits both the Chinese and Tibetans. I would be happy to attend a screening of the film in China and conduct a Q&A with Chinese audiences as a way to contribute to positive dialog.”

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs  Yang Jiechi
Ministry of National Defense  Liang Guanglie
State Development and Reform Commission  Zhang Ping
Ministry of Education  Yuan Guiren (Since Oct. 2009)
Ministry of Science & Technology  Wan Guang
Ministry of Industry and Information Li Yizhong
Ministry of Commerce  Chen Deming
Ministry of Culture / China Culture Network  Cai Wu
Ministry of Health  Chen Zhu
National Population & Family Planning Committee  Li Bin
National Auditing Agency  Liu Jiayi
People’s Bank of China  Zhou Xiaochuan
National Nationalities Affairs Committee  Yang Jing
Ministry of Public Security  Meng Jianzhu
Ministry of National Security  Geng Huichang (Since 2007-08)
Ministry of Supervisory  Ma Wen (Since 2007-08-30)
Ministry of Civil Administration  Li Xueju
Ministry of Justice  Ms. Wu Aiying (Since 2005-07)
Ministry of Finance  Xie Xuren (Since 2007-08)
Minister of Human Resources and Social Security  Yin Weimin (Since 2007-08)
Ministry of National Land Resources  Xu Shaoshi
Ministry of Environment Protection Zhou Shengxian
Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Construction  Jiang Weixin
Ministry of Transportation  Li Shenglin
Ministry of Railway  Liu Zhijun
Ministry of Water Resources Chen Lei
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China’s civil servants exam attracts 1.3 mln applicants – More than 1.3 million people have been accepted to sit China’s 2011 national service examination to select government officials after online registration closed late Sunday.

They included 327,000 applicants competing for posts in central government and provincial-level organizations, said a statement on the website of the State Administration of Civil Service (SACS).

Of those, 191,000, or 58.4 percent, had at least two years experience working in “grassroots” positions, said the statement.

Another 794,000 were for vacancies at institutions of county-level or below, with 57.2 percent of them new college graduates.

Some 168,000 more applicants were awaiting for results from recruiting bodies who would decide by 6 p.m. Tuesday whether they were qualified to sit the exam.

The written test of the 2011 national civil service examination is to be held on Dec. 5 in major cities across China.

The annual nationwide test, sat by 927,000 people last year, continues to be seen as a route to a stable job and enviable benefits in China, where every year 6 million college graduates join the labor force.

The central government plans to recruit more than 16,000 public servants next year, 1,000 more than in 2010.

In a move to reform the civil service exam, the government has decided to offer more vacancies to applicants with at least two years of grassroots experience and to reserve vacancies for college graduates with experience as village officials, as well as workers and farmers.

Among this year’s qualified applicants, just 171 are workers and farmers running for reserved vacancies in customs, state taxation and railway police at county-level or below.

In its earlier statements, the SACS did not specify the exact number of reserved vacancies for workers and farmers. (2010-10-25 xinhua) Six advantages of China’s political system (source: China Daily)

China embraces government websites boom
More than 45,000 government websites have been set up in China amid growing awareness of promoting information transparency, official figures showed. Websites had become an important platform for governments at various levels to disclose information and interact with the public, said Lu Shiche, chairman of China Information Industry Association at a forum here Sunday. China initiated the government website construction campaign in1999. The Ministry of Defense is the latest ministry to open its official website. In the three months after its opening on Aug. 20,total visits hit 1.25 billion. (Dec. 6, 2009 Xinhua)

China posts annual government budget online for first time

China launches website to encourage public supervision of official appointment – Xinhua

China civil servant application website jammed for overload. Xinhua News

News: China adds government department for charity activities.
BEIJING, Sept. 11, 2008 — A new department to promote charity and social welfare was set up on Thursday under China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs. The department would deal with welfare lottery, charity activities, donations and welfare projects for the elderly, disabled and children, a ministry statement said. “We will work to boost the charity cause in China and contribute to the country’s social security system,” said Wang Zhenyao, the new department’s director. The department will draft rules on volunteers affairs and work on a nationwide volunteer network. It is also entrusted to make a regulation on running the welfare lottery and managing the welfare fund raised through the lottery. It will work out plans on how to spend the money on charity programs. (Xinhua)

Report: China state executive posts attract rising number of applicants. Xinhua

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The Great Wall of China

As you first look upon the Great Wall, it is impossible not to be awestruck at this man-made structure. Construction started in the 7th century BC, with additions and rebuilding continuing until the 16th century AD. The Great Wall was built to keep out the warring invaders of the north, but additional sections were extended eastward for nearly 6,700 kilometres. The Badaling section is the most well preserved section of the Wall. You can climb to its top and walk for a mile in either direction: the Great Wall snakes ahead though the mountains as far as you can see.

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China is situated in eastern Asia, on the west coast of the Pacific Ocean. It has a total area of 9.6 million km². China’s territory stretches about 5,000 km from east to west, or a total of 60 degrees of longitude. From north to south, the distance is about 5,500 km, or about 50 degrees of latitude. China’s land boundary is 22,800 km long, including a coastline of 18,000 km. In China’s vast sea territory, there are 6,536 islands and island groups. Hainan Island has an area of 34,380 km².


China is the most populous country in the world. The census taken on April 11, 1989, showed the population of the Chinese mainland had exceeded 1.1 billion. In China’s 432 cities, the urban population totals over 300 million. Promotion of a birth control program among the people is a fundamental policy of the nation, and the “one-child per family” is encouraged.


Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. The nation is divided into 23 provinces, five autonomous regions and three municipalities directly under the central government (Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin). There are altogether 2,800 counties (including cities and districts under the jurisdiction of a city).


China has long been a unified multi-national nation. There are 56 nationalities. Apart from the majority Han people, there are 55 minority nationalities, including the Mongolian, Tibetan, Uygur, Miao, Yi, Zhuang, Bouyei, Koran and Manchu Peoples. Article 4 of China’s Constitution stipulates: “All nationalities in the People’s Republic of China are equal. The state protects the lawful rights and interests of the minority nationalities and upholds and develops the relationship of equality, unity and mutual assistance among all of China’s nationalities.


The so-called three great religions of the world – Buddhism, Islam and Christianity – all find their adherents in China, though a great number of people are non-believers. Buddhism is the most prevalent religion, which originated in China, and has followers mainly among the Han nationality. The state protects the freedom of religious beliefs of its citizens.


China’s school enrollment at all levels amounts to over 180 million. The country’s 1,075 colleges and universities have a total enrollment of over 2 million students.


China has over 205,988 medical institutions with some 2.5 million beds and over 4.6 million medical personnel. Employees in government offices and state-run enterprises, members of the People’s Liberation Army and students of higher education institutions all enjoy free medical care. A cooperative medical system operates widely in rural areas.

The Forbidden City on China


The Forbidden City (the Palace Museum)
In the heart of the capital lies the Forbidden City, built during the Ming dynasty in 1406. The Forbidden City is actually a city-within-a-city; with 9999 rooms spread over 250 acres. During the Ming and Qing dynasty, 24 emperors made their home in the Forbidden City and forbade commoners from entering. The Emperor’s Palace has been transformed into a museum that holds many treasures of the Imperial Family.

Shangai – The largest city of China

Overlooking the Huangpu River, Shanghai is home to 16 million people and is one of China’s largest, most cosmopolitan cities. It is a beautiful city mixing traditional Chinese and 21st century architecture. And at night, the city comes alive with lights which line highways, buildings and the Huangpu River. In the newly built rising Pudong, east of the Huangpu River, it has fast become home to multinational companies with operations in China and Asia.


Beijing is located in the North and is China’s capital and its most modern city. This bustling city is home to over 10 million people, while remaining steeped in China’s rich, royal past. China’s two final dynasties (1368-1911) and 26 emperors have bestowed Beijing with the richest dynastic heritage in the world.

Xian – a important place on China


Just one-and-a-half hours by air from Beijing, Xian is the home of the world-famous life-size Terra Cotta Army, unearthed in 1974 after being buried with the first Qin emperor for 22 centuries. Xian was the cradle of ancient Chinese civilization dating back to 4000 BC, and the capital city for 11 dynasties up to the 9th century. It is from here that caravans started on the Silk Road to Europe, changing the Western world forever. The massive City Wall and Moat that surround the city are a monument to the importance of Xian.