DK Eyewitness China
"The day begins..." And the last two pages? "The end of the day...." In between are 54 pages of "_georgia-body"ginable topics identifying traditional China and evolving, modern China. Tai chi in the park by the hundreds to stretch their way into the day, while school children bustle off to their expensive educations. Think China and 90% of people come to mind--the ethnic identity of Han, but there are 55 other ethnic groups. The Chinese comprise the oldest continuous civilization on earth, but Mao Zedong changed imperial China into Communist China. One sculpture at the end signifies his influence: a massive gray arm and shoulder over-riding the environment, but broken nevertheless. Mandarin is the national language by which Chinese can communicate, but they speak hundreds of dialects throughout the country. Citizenship, fashion, hutongs and high-rises, home life--many families live in one-room apartments. Transportation, manufacturing, daily markets, all are part of big city life. Food, family life, religion and spirituality, festivals, education, media, science, technology, cinema, sports--the book is fairly exhaustive in topics. "