A vast country full of history, incredible sights, accomplishments and character but somewhat tainted by the rapid industrialisation and a complete disregard for common decency and respect from what seemed like the whole nation. Our budget meant that we did everything in 3rd class or even 4th when there was one but that meant we mainly met the poor but the constant spitting on the streets to non-existent queue systems to an absolute free for all on the roads suggests that it's fairly widespread.On a more positive theme, the incredible history means that it is virtually impossible to comprehend how many landmarks were created. The great wall is the best example of this, first created in about 500AD from what I remember and stretches thousands of kilometres it really is a wonder of the world.Next up the most important thing whentravelling...the food. We ate some amazing meals in China but were sometimes few and far between. Rice and noodles form their staple diet but the variation in some places is shockingly small. Again we ate at street stalls and I'm sure restaurants are different but generally meals are simple and serve a purpose....hunger. My final thoughts on one of the biggest countries in the world and one of the quickest developing countries bringing about much controversy as to their social responsibility and global ideals are so mixed that I cannot determine how I feel about it. It's a fantastic country to visit but because it's changing so rapidly I feel now is the time to visit. I couldn't live in China and unfortunately I have to say I would probably not go back unless I was to do Tibet and the more remote areas. Hong Kong on the other hand I could go back tomorrow. One day living on the south of Hong Kong Island by the beach knowing bustling HK is around the corner is something I would love for a few years. Not sure my future salary would accommodate that though! Finally if you travel east then make sure you give Hong Kong a go for a week and if you can take some serious cash!