Ancient civilisation to emerging superpower –
a unique comeback story is progressing now
China holds near a quarter of the world population. Does it seem this significant? There are so many things us Westerners do not see. Perhaps our ignorance is due to the insular ruling of China? But if politics prevents us seeing them, then the reverse is certainly true. The Communist government carefully controls the people in China – information is not free, and mass-manipulation occurs constantly.
In many ways the West represents China’s polar opposite with democracy and freedom of speech contrasting the values currently dominant in the Middle Kingdom. However, since China opened her borders the Western influence is rapidly and increasingly visible. What will this lead to? Will the Chinese leaders sustain their power and succeed in becoming the most powerful people in the world? The future of the country – and the global impact this will have – depends on the changes happening now, in China.
Another world hides beneath the tourist mask worn by China. This blog presents my attempts to avoid these cliches of travel. I want to see things before they are groomed; hear them before they are edited. Through direct observation I discover the realities of life in China. The Watchtower on the top of every page (my own photo) symbolises my carefully watchful approach. Welcome to China – first-hand…