China's Splendors
edited by the staff of China Pictorial

A photographic tour celebrating the wonder, majesty, and mystery of China

(see also: Beijing and Xi'an)

Ever since Marco Polo first returned from the Far East with exotic treasures and wondrous stories, China has been a land of great fascination to the western world. One of the world's oldest civilizations developed here, on some of the world's most striking, beautiful land. China's Splendors takes the reader on a tour of this magnificent country, with fifty-five full-page photos in vivid color, accompanied by engaging and informative texts discussing the history, significance, and interesting details associated with each one.

From the verdant mountains and crystal-clear waters of the Lijiang river valley, to the stark majesty of the Great Wall as it traverses the ridges of mountains, to the delicate sculptured gardens of West Lake in Hangzhou--called by Marco Polo "the most enchanting city in all the world"--China will delight the reader with its endless variety. From the awe-inspiring giant Buddha sculpture at Leshan (the world's largest stone sculpture, at 71 feet in height!) to the lovable giant pandas being studied and protected in the Wolong Nature Reserve, the range of visual treasures is as expansive as the 3.7 million square miles of China itself.

10 7/8 x 12 1/2 in., 120 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-158-X
$25.00 U.S.

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