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Title: China Beyond the Cities


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China Beyond the Cities
  • CGG3O

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Transportation in China
  • Good road and rail system along the coast
  • Roads get progressively worse the further inland
    you go
  • Boat travel up the major rivers is also a popular
    travel option

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Qinghai-Tibet railway
  • Completed in 1984
  • Crosses central China through the mountains to
    Lhasa (capital of Tibet) at the western edge of
    the country
  • 48 hour train ride from Beijing
  • 1142 km, almost all above 4000m in altitude
  • Many Tibetans supplement farming income with
    tourism (working as guides)

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Tibet
  • Highest country on earth (shares Mount Everest
    with Nepal)
  • Dominant Religion is Tibetan Buddhism
  • In the 1950s (after a military conflict) it was
    incorporated into the Peoples Republic of China
    and its government was abolished
  • Up to 1 million tibetans were killed during Maos
    Great Leap Forward
  • About 6000 monasteries were burned during the
    Cultural Revolution

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Tibet
  • Today it is governed as an Autonomous Region of
    China
  • There have been and continue to be many
    significant movements supporting Tibetan
    independence
  • Dissent is quashed within China, so the movement
    is mostly based out of India and the United
    States
  • The Free Tibet movement is a popular cause for
    celebrities (Paris Hilton, Richard Gere, Russell
    Brand, the Beastie Boys, Gorillaz)

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The Yangtze
  • Chinas longest river
  • Beautiful scenery
  • 3 Gorges Dam (185 m high)
  • Continue upriver to Chongqing
  • Former capital
  • Population of 30 million

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Huangshan Mountains
  • A.K.A. the Yellow Mountains
  • In Anhui province
  • Canyons, hotsprings, remote communities
  • Big draw for
  • Ecotourists
  • Adventure tourists
  • Tourists wanting to see authentic Chinese culture

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Hainan Island
  • In South China Sea
  • About the size of Vancouver Island
  • Tropical climate the Hawaii of China
  • 300 days of sunshine a year
  • New international airport
  • Linked to 37 Chinese cities
  • Also Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea

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Hainan Island
  • Culture
  • Festivals
  • Dancing
  • Recreation
  • Beaches
  • Golf
  • Hot springs
  • Currently about 15 million tourists visit a year
    Hainan Provincial Tourism Bureau has a plan to
    attract 75 million tourists annually by 2020

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Gobi Desert
  • 5th biggest desert in the world
  • Cold frost and snow are common and it can get
    to -40º in the winter (but 50º in the summer!)
  • Home to Bactrian camels (and the Mongolian Wild
    Ass!) and lots of fossils
  • Camel/horse tours are a popular way to see the
    region
  • Part of the Silk Road tour

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Other stuff to do in China
  • Check out Giant Pandas (Sichuan province, also
    Shaanxi and Gansu)

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Its not all good news
  • Tomorrow well look at the dark side of China
  • Human Rights
  • Environmental concerns

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But overall
  • As a tourist destination, China really does have
    it all
  • Varied geography
  • Rich history and ancient sites/artifacts
  • Recreational activities
  • Amazing variety of food and culture
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