Facts about PRC

Currency: Yuan
Languages:
Mandarin
Population:
1,336,718,015 (July 2011 est.)
Area:
9,596,961km2
Visa:
You must obtain a visa before traveling to China.  Please contact your nearest Chinese embassy for details.
Country code:
+86
Capital:
Beijing

Map:
People's Republic of China

China has many environmental problems, but China also has vast areas of unspoiled nature and rich cultural diversity.

With thousands of years of history and extremely diverse culture and landscape, China has potential to be a world class nature/cultural based tourism destination.  Another interesting factor, is that China now has scores of budding environmentalists.  These dedicated people are committed to saving environmental resources and setting China on an environmentally sustainable course.

The Hummingfish Foundation was recently in China’s Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, looking at several amazing areas, which have great potential as nature and culture based tourism destinations.  We are very excited about joining hands with our Chinese friends to develop projects which will add value to ethnic diversity, organic agriculture and unspoiled natural environments.

May 1st, 2011_Shangri-La, Yunnan, China_ Ethnic Tibetans gather for a local festival, near the tiny village of Rime, near the town of Zhongdian (or Shangri-La) in northern Yunnan province, China. Several of these families take advantage of "Home Stays," by opening their homes to visiting tourists. Photographer: Daniel J. Groshong/The Hummingfish Foundation

China is seen variously as an ancient civilization extending over a large area in East Asia, a nation and/or a multinational entity. With nearly 4,000 years of continuous history, China is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Prior to the 19th century, it possessed one of the most advanced societies and economies in the world.

Historically, the cultural sphere of China has extended across East Asia as a whole, with Chinese religion, customs, and writing systems being adopted to varying degrees by neighbors such as Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Through its history, China was the source of many major inventions. It has also one of the world’s oldest written language systems. The first evidence of human presence in the region was found at the Zhoukoudian cave. It is one of the earliest known specimens of Homo erectus, now commonly known as the Peking Man, estimated to have lived from 300,000 to 780,000 years ago. (Info from Wikipedia)

Eagerly assuming its place among the world’s top travel destinations, even more so since Beijing took centre stage at the 2008 Olympics, China is an epic adventure. From the wide open and empty panoramas of Tibet to the push and shove of Shanghai, from the volcanic dishes of Sìchuan to beer by the bag in seaside Qīngdǎo, a journey through this colossus of a country is a mesmerizing encounter with the most populous, perhaps most culturally idiosyncratic nation on earth.

The sheer diversity of China’s terrain takes you from noisy cities fizzing with energy to isolated mountain-top Ming-Dynasty villages where you can hear a pin drop. Pǔdōng’s ambitious skyline is a triumphant statement, but it couldn’t be further from the worldly renunciation acted out in Tibet’s distant monasteries.

April 30th 2011_Shangri-La, Yunnan, China_ Views of the beautiful Yila Grasslands, Napa Lake and surrounding mountains near the town of Zhongdian (or Shangri-La) in northern Yunnan province, China. Photographer: Daniel J. Groshong/The Hummingfish Foundation

Curator of the world’s oldest continuous civilization, China will have you bumping into history at every turn. But it’s not just a museum of imperial relics: 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.

And it’s the people – unavoidable in their immense numbers – who provide the ceaseless drama and entertainment. Loud, garrulous and quick thinking, you’ll see the Chinese squeezing onto dangerous-looking buses, walking in pajamas around Shanghai or inviting each other to sit down to some of the most varied cuisine in the world. Animated by a palpable sense of pride, the Chinese are revelling in their country’s ascendency. Everyone is talking about China, so why not find out what all the fuss is about? (Info from Lonely Planet)

 

Projects

BECOME A FISH TODAY!

December 4th, 2008_MALDIVES_ A large and extremely friendly Napoleon Wrasses (cheilinus undulatus) named George, plays with divers, at a dive site known as Fish Head, in the Maldives. The Maldives, which is the world's lowest nation in altitude is rich with marine life and great

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Supporting Organic farmers in China

There is a wave of organic farming taking place in parts of China.

April 27th 2011_Anlong Village, Sichuan, China_ Organic farmer Mr. Gao Yi Cheng (with short hair), shows off some 8 month old Pixian Douban, which is a famous chili paste made in China's

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CHINA HOMESTAYS

May 1st, 2011_Shangri-La, Yunnan, China_ People gather for a local festival, near the tiny village of Rime, near the town of Zhongdian (or Shangri-La) in northern Yunnan province, China. Several of these families take advantage of "Home Stays," by opening their homes to visiting tourists.

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Ecotourism & Green Entrepeneurs in China

April 29th 2011_Shangri-La, Yunnan, China_ Worshipers prostrate themselves in front of the Songzalin Monastery near the town of Zhongdian (or Shangri-La) in the Tibetan area of northern Yunnan province, China. Being the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan, Songzanlin Monastery, also known as Guihua Monastery,

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