As I planned for a trip to China, I found that, as a
Westerner, I was woefully ignorant of China. My education had all but ignored this
incredible land and culture. My only knowledge of China was when it had bumped into
Western civilization, usually NOT of its own accord.
How can this be? China is the one of the oldest civilizations
on earth--and certainly one of the most "civilized" in terms of its art,
architecture, cuisine, horticulture, etc. And yet my education had virtually ignored it,
rarely venturing any farther East than the Ottoman empire.
So it was with great excitement and facination, that I
undertook a fabulous journey to this land of mystery...
And the trip, itself?? Beyond my wildest
expectations. The people were incredible and beautiful, as was the land itself. Yes, China
is still a "developing nation" by some standards, but it also surpasses all
Western culture in its ancient wisdom...
Zhonghua (Chung-hua), the Chinese name
for China, means "central land," a reference the the ancient Chinese belief that
their country was the geographical center of the earth, and the only true civilization.
Today, China is the third largest country in
terms of land mass and largest in terms of population. One-fifth of the entire Earth's
population is Chinese. Doesn't it make sense then, that we take some time to learn more
Here are only a few links about China--I
encourage you to explore on your own...
Gypsy's Photos of China
China Art Net
Gypsy Belize & Honduras B&H Photos China
China PhotosMid-East Mid-East Photos Europe
Europe Photos On Tour