China – it's suddenly a mystery and yet something so familiar to Westerners.
Its culture – food, people's clothing, ideologies – is known around the world.
Nevertheless, for many outside its borders, it remains an undiscovered country.
We hope that these stunning pictures reveal a bit more about the country and underline what an incredibly varied place it is.
It is a land of breakneck skyscrapers, cormorant fishermen, dramatic waterfalls, frightening glassways, UNESCO protected national parks, and for a surcharge, the world's largest city square.
Scroll down to see China in all its glory – and maybe customize your bucket list.
The Li River meanders around the karst mountains in Guilin. The Chinese consider the landscape in Guilin as one of the most beautiful in the world
The Chinese just do not seem to get enough of nerve-racking sidewalks. Here is a glass of glass on Tianmen Mountain
A spectacular shot was taken of Victoria Peak, the highest part of Hong Kong, and shows the skyscrapers below. There are 1,500 buildings in Hong Kong that are classified as skyscrapers, which means that they are larger than 328 feet
Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas of the world. This picture of his skyscrapers is hypnotic
Wispy clouds hang over a winding road that leads up one of the hills in the stunning Tianmen Mountain National Park. The mountain itself has been named one of the most scenic in China
The lush green fields of Longsheng Rice Terrace in Guangxi province. This highland area has been cultivated for over 800 years with a terrace and irrigation system for rice
The Lujiazui District of Shanghai is considered the financial district of the city. Here is the bizarrely shaped Shanghai World Financial Center (the second tallest building in this setting), compared to the shape of a bottle opener
The skyscrapers of Shanghai, this time in a shot showing the Huangpu River running around them. The name of the city of Shanghai is "on the sea". This is due to the location of Shanghai on the Yangtze River Delta near the South China Sea
The 1,535-meter Oriental Pearl Tower (left) dominates the skyline of Shanghai. Until 2007, it was the tallest structure in China
The sun sets on water-filled rice fields in the Yuanyang District. In China, about 200 million tons of rice are produced each year
Two ships sail down the Yangtze River between breathtaking hills. The river is the longest in Asia and covers nearly 4,000 miles
Cars drive on a highway through China's capital Beijing. Beijing's growing car ownership makes it one of the world's worst places for air pollution
The Li River meanders around the green hills in Yangshuo County. We just could not resist showing this scenery twice
The Great Wall of China is estimated to stretch over 13,000 miles across China. It attracts 10 million visitors every year
The incredibly jagged peaks are located in the Wulingyuan Scenic Area, Zhangjiajie. The area is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is dominated by more than 3,000 narrow sandstone pillars and spiers. Some climb to 600 ft
Fog swirls around the peaks of Wulingyuan Scenic Area in this wonderful photo taken by a tourist boat on a lake below
The Twin River Bridge spans the Yuzhong Peninsula in the southwestern city of Chongqing. The city is the fourth largest city in China after Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin
Tianjin (its financial district is pictured) has a population of about 15 million and its district covers 4,200 square kilometers
A farmer leads his water buffalo over a stone bridge in the Guilin region. Water buffalo are the most important animal for these farmers as they are able to cultivate the flooded rice fields
Cormorant fishing in China is a practice that dates back at least 1,000 years. The birds dive and catch fish for their masters, but are prevented from swallowing large catches with a noose tied around their throats. This beautiful picture was taken in Guilin
Welcome to the world's largest city square – Xinghai Square, built in 1998. It is located in Dalian City and covers an area of 270 hectares
Xinshi is a Chinese water city that was built around 1,000 years ago. China can be overwhelmingly industrial and wonderfully quaint …
A hidden settlement lies in the valley of a valley in the Yandang Mountains in eastern China. It is believed that the mountains are one of the areas where the southern Chinese tiger can be found
Damm, which is beautiful: The small islands that are scattered in Qiandao Lake in Zhejiang Province. The lake, a man-made freshwater lake, was formed in 1959 following the completion of the Xin & # 39; hydroelectric power plant
The colorful mountains of Zhangye National Geopark near the Chinese border with Mongolia. Sandstone and mineral deposits have created the swirling orange, yellow and white moonscape
The province of Yunnan in southwestern China is known for its varied landscape. Pictured are rural agricultural fields that give off a red autumnal glow
The Karakul Lake in Xinjiang, an autonomous region in northwestern China. There are two Kyrgyz settlements on the shores of the lake and here is a traditional Kyrgyz yurt
The Blue Moon Valley, as shown, takes its name from the eye-catching color of the river near the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Yunnan. The river is fed by melting snow and ice that runs down from the summit
The Detian waterfall is often referred to as the largest transnational waterfall in Asia, as it lies on the border between China and Vietnam. Over the past 1,000 years, the waterfall has eroded and moved slowly upstream
The crescent moon in Dunhuang is an oasis in the middle of the desert. The oasis, which is believed to have existed for 2,000 years, shrank due to the increasing desertification in the region before the government began to replenish it
Winters can be tough in northern China, and in cities like Harbin, Beijing and Tianjin it's not uncommon to see snow
A giant panda clings to a tree in Chengdu while posing in front of the camera. The bear is native to central China, but there is just over 1,800 in the wild
A traditional boat floats along the historic buildings lining a canal in Shanghai. These days the boats are popular with tourists
Shipping containers are ready to be loaded at the Shanghai International Shipping Center. The port of Shanghai is the busiest port in the world in terms of cargo tonnage carried
The Yingwuzhou Bridge in Wuhan crosses the mammoth Yangtze River. Wuhan is the capital of Hubei Province and the most populated city in central China. There live about 10 million people
These huts are all inhabited by thousands of Buddhist monks and nuns who visit the Wuming Monastery (also called the Monastery) of the Larong Temple in Sichuan Province. It is located about 13,000 feet above sea level and is the world's largest Tibetan Buddhist academy in the world