That vast land whose culture flourished long before Europe fell into its own Dark Ages will come to life in the ninth University Travel Club film presentation of the series in Kingsbury Hall Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Frank Klicar will screen and narrate live his full-length, full-color travelog, "China: The Dragon Awakes!", which traces prehistoric China and the growth of civilization in the Yellow River valley to the China of the late 1980s.Early in the film, Klicar sights in on the ruins of the old capital of Xi'An and its archaeological sites, including the amazing "buried army."

He also explains and depicts some of the social and technological advances China made by the fifth century A.D. During this period Buddhism became the dominant religion, while the Great Wall reached its point of greatest growth. Also at that time, the old capital was moved to Louyang and the renowned cave temples were created. Klicar also traces the colorful Silk Route.

For his look at China in the 80s, Klicar shows the current capital of Beijing and its Forbidden City area, coastal and river ports of Shanghai and Guangzhou (Canton). He's also filmed the development of those areas that began to flourish after the communist civil war victory under Mao Zedong. Tourism has blossomed while industrial growth also has mushroomed.

"China is a land of contrasts and endless variety," Klicar notes. "It will undoubtedly continue to play an even larger role in international politics and tourism."

General admission tickets will be on sale in Kingsbury Hall 210 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and again Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. till showtime. The free shuttlebus will begin service in Rice Stadium parking lot about 7:10 p.m.