Background: For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the Communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, his successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight.
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- January 23rd 2013 CHINA: Ten New Songs...Party in Pingyao
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- November 16th 2012 A few days chilling in Pingyao
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- October 31st 2012 Arriving in Lucheng
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- October 29th 2012 A lovely few days in a traditional time-locked town
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- October 20th 2012 Chine: proche mais loin du Japon
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- September 25th 2012 A Step Back in Time
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- September 12th 2012 Pingyao
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- September 12th 2012 Nihao China!
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- September 4th 2012 Fit to be a teacher in China?!
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- August 30th 2012 The little town inbetween the BIG cities
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- August 23rd 2012 Pingyao
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- May 27th 2012 RED RED RED, for you, for me and for the world.
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- May 26th 2012 Pingyao a place for a day, I will stay 3 :(
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- May 26th 2012 A productive, accidental, but a calmly day after all.
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- May 24th 2012 China
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- April 7th 2012 Day 8 – Incredible Pingyao
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- December 2nd 2011 Exactly how we imagined China would look like...
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- July 28th 2011 Pingyao via Tiayuan...... Didn't start well but things got better!
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- May 18th 2011 La Chine....suite, le Shanxi
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- April 1st 2011 Ladies and gentlemen we are starting our descent
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