China and Japan are two nations that boast a fascinating history yet find themselves very much at the heart of an ever-changing and fast-paced 21st Century world. Timeless traditions blend with modern sensibilities while ancient sights sit shoulder-to-shoulder with glittering skyscrapers and modern transport systems that put the rest of the developed world to shame.
China is a populous nation in East Asia whose vast landscape encompasses grassland, desert, mountains, lakes, rivers and more than 14,000km of coastline. The capital Beijing mixes modern architecture with historic sites such as the Forbidden City palace complex and Tiananmen Square. Shanghai is a skyscraper-studded global financial centre. The iconic Great Wall of China runs east to west across the country's north.