is more than a country; it is a planet in itself that accommodates
one fourth of mankind on a surface comparable to the United States.
Although rich in quantity, China is equally rich in the diversity
of its cultures and notably its countryside. For example the beaches
along the China Sea to the south-west region where it is more
tropical, and the to the Gobi desert (one of the most hostile
regions in the world) to the summits of Tibet, and traveling along
the banks of the Yellow River that cracks lazily through the pleasant
countryside. It is a world to be discovered. The Chinese population
inhabiting the countryside is extremely varied, ethnically and
culturally: notably with the Turk-Mongol population that lives
close to Kazakhstan, in which the majority are Muslims. The inhabitants
of the eastern part of the country come from the Han culture and
then there are the Tibetans, just to mention the most outstanding.
However, if the social strata are very different, the Maoist culture
and many decades of communism were part of the unification of
these people, in an attempt to build a society that is original
and without any equivalent.
This culture remains in perpetual motion. The China of today
is becoming more and more open to Western influences, while modern
buildings are beginning to cover the cities. The skyscrapers of
Shanghai are competing with those in New York and Chicago. The
customs are evolving and foreign investments are flooding into
China to give it a new image. China is moving and opening itself
with the intention of playing a major role in the economy of the
21st century. In China the specialists are unanimous in the idea
that she could even become an economic and political giant very
quickly. There have already been a large number of students that
have seen the opportunities studying in this country can bring.
Knowledge of the language and the Chinese culture will be the
essentials for those who would like to participate in the extraordinary
adventure which China has offered for many years.