Today China stands as one of the most powerful nations on earth, with a thriving economy, rich and varied culture and dynamic population making it one of the most interesting and important nations on earth.
However, this is nothing new, for China has, throughout its history, enjoyed a status of world power. No period perhaps encompasses China at its mightiest than the period between 1400 and 1450, when the country was ruled by one family - the Ming family.
During this period, China's artists produced some exquisite pieces of art, including porcelain, jewellery, paintings and sculptures and these goods were sent to the four corners of the globe, reflecting China's influence on the world stage at this time.
Now you can take in some of these beautiful creations at a new exhibition coming to the British Museum in September.
Ming: 50 Years that changed China, will run from July 18th to 5th of January and showcase many amazing pieces of porcelain, furniture, textiles and more. Many of the objects have only recently been discovered and some have never been seen outside of China, making this a very special exhibition indeed.
In addition, items loaned from other museums from around the world will be included in the showcase, giving you the chance to see the creative side of Ming's China, which thrived despite the greater centralisation of power and control during the Ming years.
The artists of the time absorbed many influences and the result is some of the most stunning and thought-provoking artwork ever created.
For aficionados of Ming dynasty art, a series of conferences will be held at the British Museum in October on this very subject.
More than 30 international scholars will come together to discuss art and material culture, military and government and cross-cultural exchanges.
Held in conjunction with the Ming: 50 Years that changed China exhibition, it promises to be a thought-provoking and informative journey through one of the most amazing periods in Chinese and indeed, world history.