Sightseeing in China
Tourism and Culture
Different Forms of Tourism
- Modern China has not quite obliterated ancient China as yet but ancient China is only surviving with difficulty.
- Museums, temples, etc.
- In the west, Sichuan, Yunnan, Tibet, Xinjiang, large stretches of land
- Several Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian temples .
- No spas in the European sense
- The Hainan island, Sanya, the city of Qingdao in the Shandong province.
- Winter Sports
- Not well developed.
- Outdoor Activities
- Big department stores and shopping malls are being built all over the country. Western brands are established in the main Chinese cities. Markets such as Xiushui street and the antique market Panjiayuan in Beijing are good places to buy souvenirs.
|Top Highlights of the Country|
|Beijing's Forbidden City|
|The Bund in Shanghai|
Individual and Civic Freedoms
- Political Freedom
- Described as an authoritarian, communist, socialist state, the country's administrative climate is less restrictive compared to the past since its liberalization. However, the People's Republic of China is still very far from the democracy practised in most of the western countries.
- Civil Liberty
- Freedom of the Press
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2009 report : 168/175
Evolution: 1 place down compared to 2008
- For Further Information, Consult Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders
- Free Access to the Internet
- The content and access to some websites having features on the situation in Taiwan and Tibet among other things is highly controlled by the government in spite of the State's encouragement to use the Internet.
- Freedom of Assembly
- Rule of Law
- Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
- Women's Condition
- Women enjoy the same status of equality as men, but discrimination in recruitment is widespread.
- For Further Information
Refer the 2007 annual report of Reporter sans Frontières on the freedom of press and Internet.
- Degree of Freedom
- Quite considerable
- The Chinese are generally atheists. However, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism are relatively widespread amongst senior citizens and attracts a part of the well-to-do class today. There are also Christian and Muslim minorities.
- Role of Religion in Society
- The present government continues to profess atheism: only atheists can become members of the Party. But, to make the people accept the regime, and have it recognized by the international community, the leaders have had to show a certain amount of tolerance towards religious practices.
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