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2. Dons Travel and Professional Work in China 3. 2009 2011 4. Confucius By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. -- Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC - 479 BC) 5. Introductory Remarks Contemporary China is a Pandoras box of surprises, mysteries, and contradictions. A Chinese born and U.S. naturalized middle-aged woman once remarked to me: Life is hard in China. Is it? Perhaps. Devastating earthquakes, chemical spills, diseases (SARs/Swine flu), competition for jobs, corruption, education, quality of life, rural/urban conflict, ethnic strife, growing wealth inequality, government intervention and control, political movements, and more typify life in China today. 6. Some Facts & Geography! 7. China 8. China borders 14 nations (counted clockwise from south): Vietnam, Laos, Burma, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia and North Korea. 9. CHINA & UNITED STATES 10. Bill Gates In China, when youre one in a million, there are 1,300 other people just like you. 11. City Populations China has 118 mega-cities with a population of one million plus. Shanghai is the largest with 17 million. The U.S. has 9-10 cities with one million population. New York City is the largest with 8.3 million. 12. More Facts Number of college graduates per year 1,750,000 USA 6 million plus China Educators in China are quite uniformly held in high esteem. 31 Over 430 million Internet users in China 271 billionaires in China 18 million autos sold a year, making China the worlds largest auto market 13. A Visual Tour 14. Beijing On any given day, 1,500 new vehicles are on the road in Beijing. 15. China World Trade Center Beijing, China 16. Do you think this is Sydney? This is QingDao of China 17. Jinan (5.6 million) in Shandong Province (91 million) 18. Shanghai Unlike many cities in China with long and varied histories, Shanghai's history is quite short. The British opened a concession in Shanghai after the first Opium War and ignited Shanghai's evolution. Once a small fishing village on the edge of the muddy Huang Pu River, it has become one of the world's most modern and sophisticated cities. 1842 19. Shaghai Facts 16.7 million population (2000 census) now estimated at 20 million Business & Financial capital of China? Communist Party established May 1920 20. Do you think this is London? This is Shanghai of China 21. China Today Dynamic Change Stress/distress World giant Competitive Exports/low wages Exotic Censorship Corruption Authoritarian 22. Want to know more about the new China? You can find my new multi- touch book The NEW China in the iBookstore or the text version at Smashwords.com Click on the images below.