China is so historically, culturally and geographically vast, and boasts so many layers upon layers of its economy, politics and society, that any travels there, no matter how extensive, are destined to only scratch the surface. Of course China’s elusiveness doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go. In fact, by all means, GO! And go now. China is shifting so quickly, so dramatically, and in so many ways. While China’s rural areas are inching toward “development,” if you want to catch any Chinese city the way it is, go today…by tomorrow, everything will change. Says Lonely’s main China page, “the frisson of development that has left China’s coastline glittering with some of the world’s most up-to-the-minute cities propels the land on with a forward-thinking dynamism.” China is in motion. China is “happening.” Go. And go NOW!

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