I often say that China is a land of contrasts. Other ways of saying that would be a land of contradictions or a land of paradoxes. Here you can see the ancient and the modern juxtaposed. China is JUST like this: modernizing rapidly, yet the culture is rooted firmly in very ancient traditions and beliefs.
These pictures symbolize how I visualize China — a contrast of modern and ancient.
Old style pavilion with modern, shiny, red, white and blue cars.
The same pavilion with a backdrop of towering apartmentbuildings.