Get Inspired / China China: Insights Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / China China: Insights story by: Inspire Hong Kong & China Many centuries ago, China led the world with its inventiveness and creativity, developing its many inventions in comparative isolation. During its recorded history of 5000 years, the country had created sophisticated literature, language, music, art and spectacular architecture for a Chinese civilisation blessed with innovative ideas and products. Long before the West was even aware of its existence China had invented paper and printing, the magnetic compass, fireworks, paper money, umbrellas and the game of chess. The Orient region was also producing fine silk, porcelain and tea. The China of the new millennium is a study in contrasts. The timelessness of the old is still to be found, often in the shadow of exciting new developments. China’s traditional culture, its customs and charm remain – palaces and pavilions, ancient sites, classical gardens, teahouses, elegant boulevards and old water towns, and an endless diversity of peoples and natural landscapes – while the new face of China is at once amazing, stimulating, electrifying. Whether you are a first-timer or a frequent visitor, China always has something different, something fascinating to interest and delight you. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist The 6 best stopover destinations en route to Europe Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Uncover New Horizons Cruising Through Asia Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.