As well a learning about traditional and historic aspects of China, children of all ages love to discover modern China too. Bringing West meets East comparisons to lessons really bring relevance to their learning of both culture and language. The following links have some excellent resources to use in lesson:
BBC Special Report - Changing China.
A number of different articles about how China is changing whether it be human rights issues, rise of middle classes, Google censoring to Tibet
BBC Scotland - China Stories.
An excellent mixture of resources on a 'mini-site'. Includes an interactive China maps, video diaries from a crossection of Chinese people. Subjects ranging from regions, family, communities, sport through to politics, economy, education, environment and the media.
This site demonstrates how art has evolved in China and how lifting of previous restrictions and western art has influence how art has developed.