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Photo gallery: Xiahe Gansu province

The town lies along one main street parallel to the Daxia River. The Chinese section (commercial) lies to the eastern end of the road and the Tibetan section lies at the western end. In between lies the monastery. Xiahe has developed along with the influx of visitors. Some old timers may bemoan that it has lost its off-the-beaten-path charm, but Xiahe is still far from being overrun with hawkers, karaoke or foot massage joints as have many other attractions in China.

Photo gallery: Longji rice terraces, Guangxi province

Longji Rice Terraces (Dragon Backbone’s Rice Terraces) is the most amazing terrace in China! Construction of the terraces began in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and continued until the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) when construction was completed. The Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces are the culmination of both the profound wisdom and strenuous labor of the Zhuang people.

Photo gallery: Lijiashan, Living in caves in China

Writing about the Chinese Hobbiton is a big challenge for me. It is probably one of the most difficult articles I have ever written. Why? Because the power of it being frozen in time and the feeling of lost pride being so strong makes it my favorite place in all of China. Is it possible to describe it with words and some pictures? No, it is not. But it’s worth a try!

Photo gallery: Long river Yangzi, Chongqing

The Yangtze River known in China as the Chang Jiang or the Yangzi, is the longest river in Asia and the third-longest in the world. It flows for 6,300 kilometers (3,915 mi) from the glaciers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in Qinghai eastward across southwest, central and eastern China before emptying into the East China Sea at Shanghai. The river is the longest in the world to flow entirely within one country. It drains one-fifth of the land area of the People's Republic of China (PRC) and its river basin is home to one-third of the country's population. The Yangtze is also one of the biggest rivers by discharge volume in the world.

The Battle Against the Corruption in China

In our media, sometimes there is news that the new Chinese President, Xi Jinping, fights against corruption. The daily reader thinks that this is not significant news. We fight against corruption all the time. The result of this fight is that someone else will steal instead. Later, when the reader continues reading, they will see that in our country people write about this in a tabloid way: How many politicians were executed for corruption in a year; since Mao Zedong times, they overthrew the most important party members; and they found the tons of money-loot of this and that politician; and many similar reports. These kinds of news stories sell well, but why doesn’t anybody write about this sort of struggle that is felt every day on the streets?

Photo gallery: Tibet

Tibet is a region on the Tibetan Plateau in Eastern Asia. It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpa, Qiang and Lhoba peoples and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han Chinese and Hui people. Tibet is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 metres (16,000 ft). The highest elevation in Tibet is Mount Everest, earth's highest mountain rising 8,848 m (29,029 ft) above sea level.