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Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan Travel guide
Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan : Michelin's recommendations
Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, so many territories united by a single identity: they are all "Descendants of the Dragon" and share the common cultural foundation that took shape in the Basin of the Yellow River, the second longest river in China.
A single writing system of characters has allowed this culture to be passed down, by getting around the obstacle of the Chinese speaking many different languages - languages that are often unintelligible for speakers of one or other.
Since 1949, Mainland China has been run by the government of the People''s Republic of China, a sovereign state recognised in 1971 by the UN as representing "China". A throwback to colonial history, two territories - British Hong Kong and Portuguese Macau - were retroceded to this state in 1997 and 1999 respectively.
Meanwhile, Taiwan, the intractable island claimed by the PRC, is under the de facto control of a different government, which was founded in 1912.
Each of these territories brandishes particular facettes of one of the oldest civilisations in the world, but it is once again the diversity of the landscapes that creates infinite travel possibilities for curious visitors who yearn to get off the beaten track.
Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan : Must-see towns and regions
With 18,000km of coastline, over 5,000 islands and a population of 1.3 billion, Mainland China is the cradle of Chinese civilisation. In the north, the plains of Inner Mongolia, the Gobi Desert, the s...
Squashed on to a cramped piece of land, and fragmented into a haphazard puzzle of islands, peninsulas and bays sheltered by steep hills, Hong Kong defies common sense. Nothing is ordinary in this flas...
Money, money, money... even today the casinos of Macau bring in more profit than those of Las Vegas and Monte Carlo combined. And yet there’s more to this city than just slot machines. Macau was built...
If you imagine Taiwan to be an industrious and sanitised version of California''s Silicon Valley, you will be pleased to find that the reality is rather more complex.
As soon as you arrive in Taipei y...