75 Amazing restored old photos of China

Some of the most iconic photographs of old China.

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One hundred years of Chinese history condensed in 75 amazing pictures recently restored.

From late Qing dynasty to the foreign concessions in China: noblemen, courtesans and common people, miners, ethnic minorities, the civil war, famines, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, artists, beggars, shaolin monks, boxers, concubines, Hilda Yen (Chinese American Internationalist, diplomat and aviator) and Chang the multilingual giant. Images were restored by Ralph Repo.

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Jeunes Filles Chinoises (Young Chinese Girls) [c1901] René Parison

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Bride On Her Way To Wedding, Fuzhou Fujian China [c1911-1913] Ralph G. Gold

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Chinese Punishment, Whipping A Lawbreaker [c1900]

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Portrait Of Manchu Girl In Traditional Costume, Beijing, China, [c1861-1864]

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Taiwan Aborigines, Bunun Tribe, Formosa [c1900]

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Men Laden With Tea, Sichuan Sheng, China [1908] Ernest H. Wilson

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Cholon Actress, Cholon, Saigon, French Cochinchina [c1900's]

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Boxer Prisoners Captured By 6th US Cavalry, Tientsin, China [1901] Underwood & Co

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Interior Canal, Canton, China [c1917-1919] Sidney D. Gamble

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Empress Gobele Wan Rong [c1920-1940]

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Imperial Gate Of The Imperial City, Looking North, Peking, China [1901] Hawley C. White Co.

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Bridges By Which The Night Police Of The Roofs Cross The Streets, Canton, China [1900] Underwood & Co.

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Queen's Road On Chinese New Years Day, Hong Kong, China [1902] Carlton H. Graves

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Fisherman In Grand Canal By The East Gate, Peking, China [1907] Herbert C. White Co.

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Aerial View Of Terraced Fields & Roadway With A Military Vehicle In A Mountainous Region Of The Kiangsu Province Or Yunnan Province In China [1946] Arthur Rothstein

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Peking Mission School Children At Play, The Dragon's Head, China [1902] Carlton H. Graves Co

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Natives At Breakfast, Movable Chow Shop, Canton, China [c1919] Keystone View Co.

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Rich Merchants Dining With Singing Girls, Pekin, China [c1901] Benjamin W. Kilburn

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A Chinese Professor, China [c1919] Keystone View Co.

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Seated Man Amid Baskets Of Fish & Hanging Dried Fish, Eastern Districts, Hong Kong Island [c1946] Hedda Morrison

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China's Common Carrier, Her Substitute For Railways, A Camel Square In Peking, China [1901] Underwood & Co

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During The Famine Young Child Dying In The Gutter, China [1946] Geroge Silk

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Produce & Wares From Shops Along The Sides Of A Typical Backstreet, Western District, Hong Kong Island [c1946] Hedda Morrison

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Singing Girls, Hong Kong, China [c1901] Benjamin W. Kilburn Co.

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Young Mother Carrying A Child On Her Back In The Market, Hong Kong Island [c1946] Hedda Morrison

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View Of An Old Village, Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong [c1946] Hedda Morrison

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Fisher Families With Junks In Aberdeen Harbor, Hong Kong Island [c1946] Hedda Morrison

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Yen's Soldiers, Militarism In China, Here Are Specimens Of The Soldiery Who Protect The People By Dominating Them, Who Protect Property By Looting It, Liao Chow, Shansi, China [c1925] IE Oberholtzer

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Mercenary Artillerymen Supplied With Guns & Ammunition By The British [c1880]

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The Meridian Gate, Entrance To The Forbidden City, Peking China [1927] Herbert C. White

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Kampa Dzong, Tibet [1904] John C. White

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Six Strongmen In Traditional Dress, China [1909] William Purdom

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Family In Lanchow, China [1944] Fr. Mark Tennien

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Bowl Shaped Objects Scattered Outside A Building, Yunnan, China [1922] Joseph F. C. Rock

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Toy Vendor, Chinatown, San Francisco [c1900s] Arnold Genthe

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Mouth Of Coal Mine In Mountain Ridge West Of Ta Chu, China MAR [1909] Thomas C. Chamberlin

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Leuchtturm Im Cantonfluss (Lighthouse In The Canton River) [c1891] C. R. Hager

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Yung Ting Men, Front View Of The Two Towers & The Barbican [1924] Osvald Siren

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Der Industriebezirk Der Salzbrunnen, Tzeliutsing, Szechúan Province [c1906] Ernst Boerschmann

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Men With Leopard At The Dongan Mission, China [1932] Fr. Otto Rauschenbach

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Kidnapped Girls, Foochow, China [1904]

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Chinese Family [c1875]

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Examination Hall With 7500 Cells, Canton, China [1873]

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Der Abt Des Klosters (The Abbot Of The Monastery), Tíen túng sze, Chekiang Province [c1906] Ernst Boerschmann

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Pekin, Walls Of The Tartar City [c1894-1896] William H. Jackson

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Forest Temple Near Chefoo, Shantung, China [c1895] William H. Jackson

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Drache Am Schleusenrand Im Túngchou-Kanal (Dragon On The Edge Of A Sluice In The Túngchou Canal), Peking, Chihli Province [c1906] Ernst Boerschmann

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Auf Der Reise Zum Kloster Des Himmelsknaben Bei Ningpo (On The Journey To The Monastery Of The Celestial Boy Near Ningpo), Ningpo-Tíen Túng Sze, Chekiang Province [c1906] Ernst Boerschmann

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China, Kuan Hsien Temple [1908] Ernest H. Wilson

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The Harvard Houseboat, Kiating Fu, China [1908] Ernest H. Wilson

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Canton, China [c1880] R.H. Brown

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Group Of Chinese Women With Fans, Canton, China [c1880] Afong Lai

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Flower Boats, Canton China [c1871] Emil Rusfeldt

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Ching Yang Temple, Chentu, China [1908] Ernest H. Wilson

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Muslim Bandits, Xinjiang, China [c1915] Marc Aurel Stein

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Cake Of Millet & Jujubes, Peking, China [1915] Frank N. Meyer

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Jade Belt Bridge & Boat, Summer Palace, Peking, China [c1924] Sidney D. Gamble

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Black, Chinese & White Laborers In A Gold Mine In South Africa [c1890-1923] Frank & Frances Carpenter

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Ulysses S. Grant & Li Hung Chang, Tientsin, China [1879]

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A Boat On A River With Rolling Hills In The Background In The Kiangsu Province Or Yunnan Province In China [1946] Arthur Rothstein

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China, Manchu Ladies Of The Palace Being Warned To Stop Smoking [c1910-1925] Frank & Frances Carpenter

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Peking To Paris Autorace [1907]

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American-Chinese Aviatrix Hilda Yen Receives Gift Of New Plane From Colonel Roscoe Turner, Washington, D.C. [1939] Harris & Ewing

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Bomb Protection [c1940]

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Example Of A Coiffure On A Tartar Or Manchu Female, Frontview, Peking, Pechili Province, China [1869] John Thomson

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Pedestrians & Vendors On Pottinger Street, A Stepped Street, Central District, Hong Kong Island [c1946] Hedda Morrison

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Beggars, Beihai Park [c1917-1919] Sydney D. Gamble

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Tibetan Lhacham, Tibet [c1879] Sarat Chandra Das

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House Interior Showing Woman With Bound Feet Tending A Stove In The Lost Tribe Country [1936] Hedda Morrison

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House Interior Showing A Woman At A Brick Stove, A Bucket & A Ladle Made From A Gourd In The Lost Tribe Country [1936] Hedda Morrison

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Chang The Chinese Giant [c1870]

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Qing Court Return, The Emperess Dowerger [1902] George E. Morrison

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Stele Pavilion, SacredWay, Ming Tombs, Peking, China [c1900]

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Foot Bound Girls, Liao Chow, Shansi, China [c1930] IE Oberholtzer (Probable)

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Great Wall of China, 1907

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Images restored by Ralph Repo