Hello - This might seem like a strange question, but I am trying to figure out if I want to go to China. I lived in Taiwan for a short time in the late 1960's and just loved it.
I love the old, historical China - from pictures, the "new" China looks very gray and industrial.
Is the old China with red lanterns and beautiful art and culture still intact, or has it been wiped out by the government dictates of the last decades?
I really don't want to tour modern, gray highrises.
Do the interesting marketplaces still exist or is everything corporate malls?