The author and his wife, Susanna, after each had retired, decided to go on a tour of China, beginning from the end of January 2012. It was an open-ended tour with a loosely-planned itinerary. In the event, it took five months. They both came away with the feeling of having only scratched the surface of all the wonders there are to experience in China. The more they explored, the more they realised there was to see and do.