China’s vast population has grown from 400 million to 1.3 billion people in less then a century. About 93% of the population are Han with 55 ethnic minorities making up the remainder of the population spread around this vast country. Over a three-month period I peered into the lives of a calligrapher, cricket seller, herbalist, tea workers, subsistence farmers, jeweller, Tibetan monk, Mosuo matriarchal community, an opera performer, music instrument maker, school child and a retired school teacher. It was a revealing portrait of a country in transition. Commissioned by DK publishers.