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By Damian Harper, Daniel McCrohan, Shawn Low, Piera Chen, Chung Wah Chow, Christopher Pitts, David Eimer, Daisy Harper


The nice Wall, the Yangzi River, the military of Terracotta Warriors – we’ve chosen the main iconic attractions and outstanding areas so that you can benefit from the genuine China with the minimal fuss.

Highlights display the must-see sights and unbeatable experiences

Itineraries make making plans your journey easier than ever

Local Experts suggest what to not miss

Pull-Out Map places the streets of Beijing & Hong Kong on your pocket

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The large 'Persian ships' impressed the Chinese, who then had none comparable. The biggest came from Ceylon. 27 Noted by many, studied by few, this paradox begins with the early superiority of Chinese nautical technology over that of medieval Europe. Chinese ships from very early on had flat bottoms, no keels, and transverse bulkheads (like the sections of a split bamboo) which easily formed watertight compartments. They also developed as early as the Han a balanced sternpost rudder such as was not seen in the West until a thousand years after its use in China.

The boundaries between the fields of the residents of one village and those owned by its closest neighbours were not, however, so unambiguously distinguishable. In the course of time farm land changed hands, and it was not unusual for the mortgagee (and possible eventual owner) of property in village A to be a resident of village B, or even of village X at some distance removed from A. This indeterminacy of village boundaries began to change only in the latter part of the nineteenth century when increased tax demands by hsien (county) governments made it essential that the villages be concerned about the precise areas in which the new levies would be collected.

1 A cautious weighing of what little is definitely known suggests that aggregate output grew only slowly during 1912-49, and that there was no increase in per capita income. Nor was there any downward trend in average income. Although a small modern industrial and transport sector, which first appeared in the late nineteenth century, continued to grow at a comparatively rapid rate, its impact was minimal before 1949. The relative factor supplies of land, labour and capital remained basically unaltered.

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