Travel to China

Travel to China
你好! Nǐ hǎo! Hello!
The much talked about, trip to China was a lifelong dream and became a family affair to get it to be realized. Discussed months ago, decided, planned, initiated and completed in October of '15. Preparations for this trip were quite lengthy, as had become a series of procedures not only bureaucratic forms, passport, visa, etc., and timing, tour desk, problem details, selection of cities and interesting, the most important tourist destinations, as though programming vaccines etc…
We traveled to five Chinese cities using planes, high speed trains (300 km/h) and Maglev Train (magnetic train with a speed of 430 km/h and the distance of 30 km from the city of Shanghai to the airport covered just 8') and ship. It was more concentrated in terms of journey trips, we had ever done. The posture and movement alterations were short and dense between them, and the vast distances and the images and information bombing.
We discovered places of incredible beauty and unique presence, tasted authentic Chinese Cuisine, we walked for hours, soaking up the secrets of the Imperial Forbidden City, we admired the size of the vanity of the Emperor and the Terracotta Army, climbed to all yellow rice fields, along with the long-suffering local population, and wondered upon the ramparts of oversized Great Wall. We crossed sailing 83 km along the reaches of the beautiful Li River, a gallery of nature. We saw fishermen to fish using trained cormorants, we bike ride on a fortification wall 700 years (Ming Dynasty in 1370), we enjoyed our evenings beautifully lit banks of lakes and tastefully designed parks, the sound of Chinese music in clean cities. Mixed in with a bustling crowd, were guided by lovely gardens with old trees, sacred pagodas, world heritage sites, museums, markets, we felt the Economic "Heart" of China beating at a rapid pace and more. We have seen the history passing before us the best moments of the human species but "heard" the moan of all those that struggled to make all.
Today I present only part of the culinary, diverse and multiethnic Chinese Kitchen without words and without the special tasty choices of some Chinese, which are far from ours and may cause feelings of aversion.

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The China

The People's Republic of China is a country in East Asia and the country with the largest population in the world, 1,360,720,000 inhabitants. Its area is 9,596,961 square kilometers. The capital of China is Beijing. Geographicly is the largest country in the East Asian region and the fourth largest in the world after Russia, Canada and the United States. It borders on 14 states: Vietnam, Laos, Burma, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia and North Korea. Since its establishment in 1949, ruled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
China is the third largest economy in the world after the United States of America, if we consider the European Union as a single entity and the largest exporter of goods. China is a rapidly developing country. H Shanghai (Mandarin Shang-Hai) is the largest city and port of China. Considered a leading player of the modern economy of China and also one of the most important cultural, commercial, financial and industrial centers. The Shanghai is the most populous city in China and the largest city in the whole world. It is as an important financial center and a global city and is located at the mouth, in the Delta, the Yangtze River in eastern China. Known as the Pearl of the Orient and the Paris of the East, the population of Shanghai in 2014 was over 24 million, which means that it has overtaken the entire population of neighboring Taiwan. The Shanghai was one of the fastest growing cities in the world for the past twenty years, with double-digit growth almost every year since 1992, with the exception of the global recession of 2008-2009.
The country's GDP is $10.119 trillion and per capita is 7544 US dollars. The growth rate of the Chinese economy is high and in 2011 was 9.2%. This pace of development is stable since 1978 with an average of 8%, when the economy was liberated and unemployment began to decline. Despite this growth, however, much of the rural population remains poor. To 47% of GDP comes from industry, 43% from services and 10% of agricultural work.
China today: After the death of Mao Zedong, mainland China was ruled by the so called "gang of four". The economic and cultural reform came with Deng Xiaoping. Today China is a developed country, which noted impressive progress in all areas, while the political-economic system (the communist regime) differs significantly from the arrangements which existed previously in the Soviet Union, by developing economic structures which lead to clearly towards capitalism with one-party dictatorship.
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Author Zambia G. Sifaki