Mainland China is the home of the world's oldest continuous civilization. It features some of the earth's highest mountains and a variety of beautiful natural sights. The regional cuisines of China are widely regarded as among the very finest. In the years since China became conveniently accessible to Western tour groups, there has been a rapid development of tourist infrastructure. New hotels offer high quality guest services, often with English-speaking staff, and China's domestic airlines have purchased fleets of lthe newest jetliners. At the same time, however, the country has preserved or restored countless impressive monuments of its imperial past. Even in modern cities like Beijing, one can find traditional side streets that preserve the attractive charms of lifestyles with their roots in past centuries. With guides and transportation arranged by China Road, Ltd., Western travelers can safely experience the fascination of an ancient world while enjoying the conveniences of modern travel.