I had planned to write about our future plans regarding travel to Dubai – number one on our bucket list – but reconsidered and decided to write about one of my favorite past travels, China. This 5,000-year civilization has endured through a millennia of upheavels and revolutions, periods of golden ages and anarchy and now China is once again one of the leading nations of the world. We decided it was time to find out for ourselves China’s depth and complexity of its rich heritage and thus we became a modern version of Marco Polo following the famed Silk Road. China’s international visitors have rocketed from 300,000 back in 1978 to 22 million in 2006 and continues to rapidly grow. It is predicted that within a very few years China will rank first in terms of visitors – even bypassing the number of visitors to the United States!