The Great Wonders of China

Jonathan Fenby

The magnificent wonders of China, ancient and modern, revealed by an international team of leading scholars.

China is the oldest continuous civilization on earth and holds a unique global place in the twenty-first century. The Great Wonders of China’s wide focus shows what makes China such a special country, with topics stretching from the natural wonders, including mountains and rivers, to the Silk Road; the technological innovations of printing and the compass; and the modern, vibrant cities of today as well as famous monuments, such as the Forbidden City in Beijing and the Great Wall.

In this new and updated paperback edition, a team of leading scholars from Asia and the West provide a compelling history of China. Beyond the quality of the individual entries, The Great Wonders of China provides a chronicle of Chinese history and culture as well as helping readers understand and appreciate this vast country.


A beautifully produced compendium of wonders from the terracotta warriors to the history of tea.

— The Times


Jonathan Fenby


Jonathan Fenby is a well-known writer and speaker on China, both historical and contemporary, and edited the South China Morning Post for five years. He has written a biography of Chiang Kai-shek, a history of China from 1850-1949, and an account of Hong Kong after its return to China in 1997, as well as many press articles, and he has broadcasted in the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe, and East Asia.