China’s topography owes itself in part to the collision of the Indian and Eurasian plates millions of years ago creating the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau which rose to become known as “the roof of the world”. From west to east, the terrain gradually descends like a staircase. From soaring mountains, vast deserts, deep gorges and a diverse range of terrain in between; few countries are able to boast as sheer a variety in dramatic and intriguing landscape as China.
China represents one eight of the world’s total plant species, 30,000 of which are native to China and thousands that are not found elsewhere. Its many nature reserves protect biological varieties and ecological environments which are home to rare animals and plants.
North Star focuses on China’s rich cultural legacy, one of the oldest and most complex in the world. China is home to 56 different ethnic groups each with their own distinct identity; lending itself to a wide array of architecture, cuisine, arts and music. Pockmarked with a myriad of cultural and historical sites, China has 41 UNESCO World Heritage Sites within its boundaries.