The Chinese have a knack for creating wonders.
They have carved out the world’s largest and most varied landscapes, and they’ve mastered the art of the spectacular.
Their cities have become cultural icons.
The world’s leading architectural firms have flourished, and their most spectacular creations, including the Great Wall of China, have been exhibited at museums, in private collections and in foreign capitals.
But they also seem to have a penchant for the mundane, for making the world go round.
The top ten wonders of the Chinese culture are all remarkably mundane, even if some of them have taken the shape of wondrous things, as in the ancient ruins of the city of Huazhong.
Here are some of the most extraordinary finds.
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