Spirit of China: A Photographic Journey of the People, Culture and History : Uncover the intriguing enigma that is China! This stunning book explores the contrasting facets of this exciting, nation through the medium of the five elements that are central to Chinese cosmology. Related to many aspects of Chinese history, philosophy, and lifestyle, the five elements serve as starting points for you to explore this unique country. EARTH: This section reviews the rich variety of terrain in Chin, as well as the people and animals that inhabit these contrasting regions. We discover plains and plateaus, mountains and volcanoes, deserts and fertile river deltas, cultivated land and wild coastline. WATER: China is washed by the waters of the South China Sea, the Yellow Sea, and the East china Sea. Inland the country is criss-crossed by rivers, the arteries of the nation, while beautiful lakes and waterfalls sparkle in many a different landscape. FIRE: Representing inspiration, excitement, and creativity, here art, literature, calligraphy, inventions, cuisine, religion, medicine, emperors, and great philosophers such as Confucius take center stage. WOOD: An exploration of jungles, woodlands, and bamboo forests in China and the people and animals that live there. This section also reveals fascinating facts about forestry, timber, and the countless uses of wood, including papermaking. METAL: Metal is the medium of the toolmaker and so buildings rise, cities grow, bridges span rivers, and roads create vital transport links. In the final section great cities such as Beijing, the vibrant ports of Shanghai and Hong Kong, ancient Xi'an, famous for its Terra -Cotta Army, as well as fantastic feats of engineering like the Great Wall of China, all find their place. Oversized book.
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