China is a land full of mysteries, dynasties and a chequered past that includes communism, all- powerful emperors and great poverty. There was a time not so long ago when no Western tourist would or indeed could visit China. Now China is realising it can be part of the rest of the world and is embracing commercialism and tourism.
Many Westerners now want to discover the secrets of China and the airlines are waking up to this fact. Therefore many airlines now fly to China, especially to the larger cities where there are international airports waiting to welcome visitors.
A few years ago, a holiday in China would have been unthinkable or only for the brave or foolhardy. Nowadays China has opened its doors to welcome tourists from all over the world to view fascinating temples, the formidable terracotta army, and stay in the many hotels China has.