Boasting one of the world's earliest civilisations, China's empire grew around its powerful dynasties. It was during the imperial rule that some of the country's greatest achievements occurred, including construction of the imitable Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the impressive legion of Terracotta Warriors. In the early 20th Century, communism gained a foothold as revolution led to abdication of China's last emperor after two millennia of sovereign rule. From the late 1920s to the end of the 1040s, the country was embroiled first in civil war and then World War II. A new party, led by Mao Zedong, gained power in 1949 and is still in power to this day. Under Mao's rule, China was closed to all but selected foreign visitors. Forty years after his death, it is one fo the most visited destinations in the world, where ancient traditions blend with the modern world, and skyscrapers rise above ancient temples. It's a plcae of profound culture and graceful beauty - from Peking Opera and traditional tea ceremonies to colourful festivals and unique cities trying to preserve ancient treasures.
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