Page 1. " Pulse of the People "

"Beijing is currently undergoing one of the most rapid transformations in its long history," writes Tom Carter in this first chapter to his book. "Do we embrace its advancement or weep for time immemorial?"

 

Beijing
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Page 2. " Now we are in Xanadu "

"Ultimately defeated by the Han, the vanquished yet proud Mongolians today make up only 17% of the autonomous region's population."

Inner Mongolia
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Page 3. " Land of the Han "

"For all of China's economic fever and slash-and-burn development, Anhui," writes Carter, "remains a vestige of villages."

Anhui
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Page 4. " Middle of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere "

"The Tibetan highlands revealed remote Buddhist monasteries and black-tent settlements of nomadic drokpa shepherds, living just as their ancestors have for centuries."

Tibet
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