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50+ Amazing Aerial Views of China

A stunning gallery of images of some of the most beautiful and notable places in China. Ancient cities, mountains, lakes, deserts, rice fields, nature, mega-infrastructures, … Read more

highest overpass in the world connecting two buildings
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Chongqing flyover is the highest overpass in the world connecting two buildings

Two parallel pedestrian flyovers, connecting the opposite roof of two buildings, have been built in the Yuzhong district, in Chongqing. The bridges, planned in December … Read more

World's longest sea bridge
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The World’s longest sea bridge, long 55 km, is completed

The challenging project, part of China’s planned national highway network, linking the opposite banks of the Pearl River, has an initial cost of 105 billion … Read more

Gulangyu colonial architecture
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Gulangyu colonial architecture

Xiamen or Amoy is a small town ( in Chinese terms, since it has more than two and a half million inhabitants) overlooking the Straits of Taiwan, and thanks to its advantageous geographical position have always been an important trading port.

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Today, despite its modest size, is a cosmopolitan town that has jealously preserved its multi-ethnic past that you can clearly observe the exotic mix of European, Chinese, and Japanese architecture. Gulangyu is a small island in front of Xiamen. The British established their first concession in Gulangyu in 1851, the Japanese and the Americans 1900, took into account the possibility of turning them into a naval base but changed their minds after the conquest of the Philippines in 1899. However, one foreign power after another began to open consulates and trade offices in Xiamen.

In 1902 was elected a city council was composed of six representatives of foreigners and Chinese. Fourteen nations opened representative offices, including Germany, France, Denmark, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, and the Philippines. Today, Gulangyu is a lovely island with a vaguely Mediterranean climate and a varied colonial architecture that can count on more than 1000 buildings of Western origin. Since the small island of Gulangyu applies a strict ban on cars and bikes, the only sounds you hear are those of the wind, the trees, and the pianos ( and organs). In fact, the island holds a special record for the most number of pianos per capita.

Images of Gulangyu, Xiamen

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Photos: Matteo Damiani

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Demolition of an urban village
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Demolition of an urban village – The End of Days, video

Today, anywhere in China. Every day, millions of square meters of old slums are torn down to make room for luxury condos and shopping malls.

Although these neighborhoods are demolished, people try to lead a normal life.

Video by Matteo Damiani, Music by Felix l’Amour

Demolition of an urban village in China. 

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