Travel is my driving force in life, and although I have had the privilege of visiting 30 countries so far, my heart will always remain in India...
From 551 to 479 BC: Confucius and Lao-Tseu.
In 221 BC: Emperor Qin unified China. First draft of the Great Wall.
In 1271: the reconstructed Beijing became capital of the Yuan Mongol dynasty. Marco Polo visited China.
In 1839 and 1856: two Opium wars.
In 1912: first Chinese republic.
On 1 October 1949: Mao Tse Tung proclaims the People's Republic of China.
From 1966 to 1976: a catastrophic cultural revolution.
1976: death of Mao Tse-Tung.
1979: a wind of reform introduced by Deng Xiaoping.
1989: massacre at Tiananmen Square (Gate of heavenly peace).
1996: funeral of Deng Xiaoping.
1997: retrocession of Hong Kong.
1998: official visit by President Clinton to China.
1999: fiftieth anniversary of the People's Republic of China.
1999: fiftieth anniversary of the People's Republic. In December, Portugal gave back the archipelago of Macao.
2001: Peking was chosen to host the 2008 Olympic Games. China joined the WTO.
November 2002: 16th congress of the Communist Party. First peaceful transition by the leader Jiang Zemin to Hu Jintao, the new Secretary General of the Communist Party and President of the Republic.
15 March 2003: Hu Jintao was officially elected as President of the PRC at the Congress of Deputies in Peking. Jiang Zemin continued to be Head of the Army after having handed over the position as Head of the Party and the State to Hu Jintao between November 2002 and March 2003.
September 2004: 4th plenum of the Central Committee, following which Mr Hu Jintao became President of the powerful Central Military Commission of the Party.