hand painted china
China shares borders with Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Mongolia and Russia.
Of course, I learnt about China from textbooks when I was in Japan, but what I see for myself in China is completely different from what is described in those textbooks.
During the 15th century, the Ryukyu Kingdom was a tributary state of Imperial China.
Especially in northern China, wrapping and eating dumplings has become an important activity for happily spending New Year's Eve in many households.
The giant panda is recognised as a national treasure of China, but in some conservation areas it is still killed by poachers.
What would happen if two powerful nations with different languages - such as United States and China - would agree upon the experimental teaching of Esperanto in elementary schools?
As figures from the National Development and Reform Committee show, the Internet has developed rapidly in rural China.
As commercial and cultural contacts between East and West developed, Arab and Persian traders began calling on China along the Silk Road in increasing numbers.
I still remember the first time I was in China; I was in Shandong, and I realised that that province alone is twenty six thousand square kilometres bigger than England.
For instance, there are shops in which one can buy hats, umbrellas, toys, stationery, china, jewellery, records, flowers, cameras or electrical appliances.
In the midst of the dollar falling hard against the Yen and other major Eastern currencies the Chinese Yuan, with China effectively taking a 'dollar peg' policy, has become cheap.
It is estimated that only a few hundred pandas remain, with a small number of them being raised in zoos in China and abroad.