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20 images of Heqing of the Bai people of Yunnan

Not too far from Dali, lies Heqing, a beautiful and almost preserved example of the Bai people architecture.

Bai people are one of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by China.

Bai people literarily mean ‘white people’ in Chinese, since they hold the white color in high esteem.

They are jealous of their heritage, their language, and customs.

Dali is the ancient capital of both the Bai kingdom Nanzhao, in Yunnan province, which flourished in the area during the 8th and 9th centuries, and the Kingdom of Dali, which reigned from 937–1253.

Heqing is a county in the Dali prefecture.

Related articles: Guide to Yunnan, The ancient town of Dali, Sound of Dali by Zhang Yang, South of Clouds, a documentary about ethnic minorities in Yunnan, Taiji Fishing Village: a village shaped like the Yin Yang symbol

Heqing images

Photos: Matteo Damiani,

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Turpan: The Death Valley of China

Turpan images – Turpan is the hottest place in China and it’s known also as Huo Zhou (a place as hot as fire).

The area around Turpan, the Turpan Depression is the lowest point in China and second lowest on Earth (after the Dead Sea) at 154 meters below sea level. In July and August temperatures soar to 40 ° C.

Turpan ( 吐鲁番, Tǔlǔfān ) is located in the east of Xinjiang. Turpan has long been the center of a fertile oasis (with water provided by the karez canal system) and an important trade center. It was historically located along the Silk Road, at which time it was adjacent to the kingdoms of Kroran and Yanqi. The name Turfan itself however was not used until the end of the Middle Ages – its use became widespread only in the post-Mongol period.

Turpan is located about 150 km (93 mi) southeast of Ürümqi, Xinjiang’s capital, in a mountain basin, on the northern side of the Turpan Depression, at an elevation of 30 m (98 ft) above sea level. Outside of Turpan is a small volcanic cone, the Turfan volcano, that is said to have erupted in 1120 as described in the Song Dynasty.

Source: Wikipedia, Turpan Travel Guide, Baidu Travel

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20 fascinating photos of Yangshuo, China

Yangshuo images – Yangshuo (阳朔) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China among both foreign and domestic travelers for a reason.

If you are looking for a exotic and colorful place surronded by nature and history, this is the place.

Yangshuo County (阳朔,Yángshuò) is located in Guangxi, China, not far from Guilin City. Surrounded by karst peaks and bordered on one side by the Li River it is easily accessible by bus or by boat from nearby Guilin. Today, the town has become a resort destination for both domestic and foreign travelers. [Wikipedia]

Originating in the Mao’er Mountains in Xing’an County, the Lijiang River flows southeast through Guilin City and Yangshuo to the Gongcheng Estuary in Pingle County. With 437 kilometers of scenic beauty, the Lijiang River is a popular destination for travelers from around the world. An attractive hiking route is from Yangdi wharf in Yangshuo to Xingping County. The walk is only about 10 kilometers but you can spend the whole day strolling along the riverbank and experiencing the local culture. (

Yangshuo map

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Photos: Baidu Travel via Viaggio a Yangshuo

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15 beautiful images of Zhangjiajie National Park in Hunan, China

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is one of the most peculiar national forest parks in China.

[湖南张家界国家森林公园; Húnán Zhāngjiājiè Guójiā Sēnlín Gōngyuán]

It’s located in Zhangjiajie City in northern Hunan Province in the People’s Republic of China. It is one of several national parks within the Wulingyuan Scenic Area. [Wikipedia]

History & Culture

In ancient times, Zhangjiajie was regarded as remote and inaccessible. The history of Zhangjiajie can be traced back to the Neolithic Age when it was still named “Dayong”. The first human traces in this area have been registered about 100,000 years ago. Like other places in China, a legend has been developed by ancient people.

It said that Zhang Liang-a famed strategist of the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-24 AD), lived here after leaving the imperial court. He lived in fear he would be killed by Liu Bang, the first emperor of the Han Dynasty who had ordered some of his subjects executed out of suspicion they might rebel against him. Zhang found Qingyan (now Zhangjiajie) Mountain is an ideal refuge due to its haunting beauty and tranquility. He became a hermit. It is said he planted seven ginkgo trees here. He was buried below Qingyan (now Zhangjiajie) Mountain. Zhang’s descendants also are believed to have lived here, which is how the name Zhangjiajie originated. Zhang refers to Zhang Liang’s surname, while Jia means family and Jie represents homeland or border. [Zhangjiajie Tourism]


The most notable geographic features of the park are the pillar-like formations that are seen throughout the park. Although resembling karst terrain, this area is not underlain by limestones and is not the product of chemical dissolution, which is characteristic of limestone karst. They are the result of many years of physical, rather than chemical, erosion.

Much of the weathering which forms these pillars is the result of expanding ice in the winter and the plants which grow on them. The weather is moist year-round, and as a result, the foliage is very dense. The weathered material is carried away primarily by streams. These formations are a distinct hallmark of the Chinese landscape and can be found in many ancient Chinese paintings.  [Wikipedia]

According to park officials, photographs from Zhangjiajie inspired the floating Hallelujah Mountains seen in the movie Avatar.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park map

Images of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China


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15 inspiring images of Kanas Lake, Xinjiang

Kanas Lake is a very popular photography tour destination for Chinese amateur photographers.

Kanas Lake (喀纳斯湖; Kānàsī Hú) is a lake in Altay Prefecture, Xinjiang, China. The lake is located in a valley in the Altai Mountains, near the very northern tip of Xinjiang, and the province’s borders with Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Russia.

There is a large population of ethnic Tuvans and Kazakhs in the Kanas valley.

Map of Kanas Lake

Images of Kanas Lake, Xinjiang, China

Kanas Lake and surroinding area photos

Please check more images on the Mafengwo site here.

Source [Wikipedia]

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KM7402 – From Moscow to Beijing

“At the first route, from Moscow to Irkutsk, I’ve passed four days and a half in the train, passing through 5000 kilometers of forests…”

Text & images by Aristide Russo

“Impossible, you’re crazy, i could never stay four days and half in a train, what have you done four days and half in a train?
“and this was only the first step…”

Round and round this is the answer that more or less everybody gives me when I start to tell you about that mystical trip, the transmongolic. The curious thing is that in the end, nobody wants to know how did it go for real, or what means doing a trip like this, sensations, emotions, how to stay in a train for so much time can change you, how much can be important to share your life with people that normally live in the opposite sides of the world, or simply to taste a mutton soup in the Mongolian dining car on a Chinese train crossing the Gobi desert, to ride a Mongolian horse for about 5 hours in the Mongolian steppe, to loose almost half hour for only 3 stops of the Chinese subway of Beijing, to be lost to find the most unlikely places and the most incredible people…

But most of all, how is to feel like a traveler?

maybe is dull listen to someone telling all these stories, probably is hard to be so much curious, or more simply often is not interesting, but maybe, actually, it’s impossible to tell this trip without photography.

Moscow-Mosca-Moscu-Москва- нисэх-莫斯科

0 – 5185 KM
Moscow – Irkutsk


Baikal Lake – Bolshie Koty

Иркутск – Эрхүүгийн – 伊尔库茨克

5185 – 6305 KM
Irkutsk – ulaanbaatar

Nature Reserve Gun Galuut
Заповедник пистолет Галуут – Байгалийн нөөц буу Галуут – 自然保护区枪Galuut

Ulan Bator – Улан-Батор – Улаанбаатар хот – 乌兰巴托

6305 – 7402 KM
Ulaanabaatar – Beijing

Pechino – Пекин – Бээжин – 北京

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Staring at the sea

Standing on the beach with a Nikon in my hand …

Few images from an abandoned harbour in Gulangyu, Xiamen, Fujian.

Related articles: the architecure of Gulangyu, 40+ Xiamen pictures, Nanputuo Temple, Xiamen

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Photos: Matteo Damiani

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You WON’T believe what photographs two Russians took in Hong Kong

Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov do it again.

The duo went to Hong Kong to perform a skywalk on some of the island’s highest skyscrapers. Skywalking is the dangerous art of scaling tall buildings to take pictures from vertigo while performing stunts in the process.

Source: via Reddit

Skywalking in Hong Kong images

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Rice paddy art in China

Last July 2014 in Shenyang, Liaoning province, rice field paintings attracted great attention.

453,000 square meters of fields are embodied and feature simple and abstract patterns, characters, human figures, animals, and plants. Nezha Conquers the Dragon King is one of the most attractive pictures featured; Nezha is a deity from ancient Chinese mythology and literature.

Shenyang started creating rice field art in 2012 and hosted it annually. “Qixinglongteng”, “Seven stars and one dragon” created in 2012, created in Shenbei New Area, is considered one of the largest rice paddy artwork in the world. The city because of its 100000 square meters of rice paddy art, received the certification of the biggest rice field painting in the world from WRA.

World Record Association (abbreviated as WRA) formally registered in 2010, was established through approval from the Hong Kong Government and is a commercial record organization to list non-sports civilian world records.
Now northeast China’s Shenyang city is becoming a hot tourist attraction thanks to its rice fields.

Rice paddy art is an art form originating in Japan since 1993. The people of Inakadate, Aomori were looking for a way to revitalize their village. To honor the 2000 years of growing rice area, they decided to use the paddy as a canvas and cultivate four different types and colors of rice to create giant pictures. To allow viewing of the whole picture, they erected a high castle tower.

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Manufacturing: Striking Burtynsky Images on Working Conditions in China

Working Conditions in China – In the southern province of Guangdong, one can drive for hours along numerous highways that reveal a virtually unbroken landscape of factories and workers’ dormitories.

These new ‘manufacturing landscapes’ in the southern and eastern parts of China produce more and more of the world’s goods and have become the habitat for a diverse group of companies and millions of busy workers. Pick up almost any commonly used product and you won’t be surprised to find that it was made in China. It is here that 90 percent of your Christmas decorations are made, 29 percent of color television sets, 75 percent of the world’s toys, 70 percent of all cigarette lighters, and probably every T-shirt in your closet. The hard drive for your iPod mini was made in the city of Guiyang (Guizhou). Located in China’s poorest province, Guiyang is more noted for its poverty than for making state-of-the-art one-inch hard drives. Working the assembly lines, China’s youthful peasant population is quickly abandoning traditional extended-family village life, leaving the monotony of agricultural work and subsistence income behind for a chance at independence.

Inexpensive labor from the countryside, important as it is to China’s growth as a trading nation, is one major facet of its success. Just as important is a rising industrial production capability. China now plays a central role in the global supply chain for the world’s multinational corporations. Wal-Mart alone outsourced $15 billion US in manufacturing, making the company (if it were a country) China’s eighth-largest trading partner. Altogether, nearly half of China’s foreign trade is tied to foreign-invested enterprises in China. This investment stimulated managerial, organizational, and technical expertise that China has fully integrated into its business model. Since the early 1990s, more than one-half trillion U.S. dollars have flowed into this country’s manufacturing sector, mainly from its Asian neighbors; Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Singapore, and then additionally from North America and Europe. China has moved up the manufacturing ladder and today exports an increasingly sophisticated array of products. Its manufacturing future rests not just in being able to absorb technology but also in becoming an innovator and a source for new technology.

Edward Burtynsky

Nature transformed through industry is a predominant theme in Edward Burtynsky’s work. Recycling yards, mine tailings, quarries, and refineries are all places that are outside of our normal experience, yet we partake of their output on a daily basis. These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction, and fear. Edward Burtynsky has an impressive cv. He won many awards and honors (Planet in Focus Media/Industry Eco-Hero Award; ICP Infinity Award, Art category, International Center of Photography, New York; Prix Pictet, London, U.K., Nomination & Short Listed, 3 honorary degrees, Officer of the Order of Canada, TED prize, etc). Edward Burtynsky is known as one of Canada’s most respected photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over fifty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bibliotèque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

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36 incredible pictures of floods in China

Every year China is devastated by huge floods. Over the years we collected some interesting images from the Chinese web.

China is one of the countries most tormented by natural disasters: floods, earthquakes, famines, plagues. The images depict different floods in Changchun, Chengdu, Jiujiang, Wuhan, Chongqing, Xiaolangdi dam, Yangzi River, Hukou dam, Aba, and others.

36 amazing images of floods that occurred in China

Changchun, Jilin

Jiujiang, Poyang county


Wuhan, Hubei

Wuhan, Hubei


Chongqing, Yangtze river

Wuhan, Yangtze river

Xiaolangdi dam,Yangzi River, Henan
Hukou dam, Yangzi River
Yangzhou, Jiangsu

Aba Mountain, Sichuan

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Amazing Flood pictures at Xiaolangdi Dam in China

Sand-washing operation conducted in China’s Xiaolangdi Reservoir.

Tourists watch water gushing out from the Xiaolangdi Reservoir on the Yellow River during a sand-washing operation in Luoyang, central China’s Henan Province, June 30, 2014. The on-going operation works by discharging water from the reservoir to clear up the sediment in the Yellow River, the country’s second-longest waterway. This year, the sand-washing operation will be jointly conducted in Xiaolangdi Reservoir, Sanmenxia Reservoir, and Wanjiazhai Reservoir, an effort to make speeding currents carry tons of sand into the sea. The Yellow River has been plagued by an increasing amount of mud and sand. Each year, the river bed rises as silt deposits build-up, slowing the water flow in the lower reaches. (Xinhua/Zhu Xiang)

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China through the lenses of David Gamble: 40 images

David Gamble (Cincinnati, 1890 – Sydney, 1968), the grandson of James Gamble, founder of Procter & Gamble in 1837, visited China for four periods doing Christian social work for the Y.M.C.A and conducting social surveys.

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He is now best known for his remarkable photographs of Beijing and North China.

Gamble first toured in 1908 accompanying his parents, then after graduating from Princeton in 1912, studied labor and industrial economics at the University of California, Berkeley, spending six months on a fellowship working at a reform school for delinquent boys. At this time, he built the house which became known as the Sidney D. Gamble House.

In 1917, he joined the work of Princeton-in-Peking and the Peking YMCA where his Princeton friend John Stewart Burgess invited him to do the surveys which resulted in Peking: A Social Survey, which included more than fifty photographs. In 1919 Gamble was on hand to capture dramatic photographs of the May Fourth student demonstrations. The motto of the May Fourth Movement, “To save China through science and democracy,” and the missionary ideal of “Saving China through Christianity” for a time seemed to be united. When he returned with his bride, Elizabeth Lowe, to China in 1924, he used his family resources to hire a team of Chinese researchers to survey 283 families. The book was published in 1933 as How Chinese Families Live in Peiping (as Peking was then called). In 1926, Gamble traveled for three weeks in the Soviet Union with Sherwood Eddy, a longtime mentor.

As China became more and more inflamed by patriotic agitation and warlord fighting, he found hope in the Ting Hsien Experiment in Rural Reconstruction conducted by James Yen’s Mass Education Movement. In 1931-32 Gamble traveled to China for the fourth and final time to organize the surveys which he used for three more detailed volumes, Ting Hsien: A North China Rural Community (1954) and North China Villages (1963). Chinese Village Plays, published in 1970, after his death, give translations based on unique transcriptions of now lost village yang ko plays, which differ from the later dances.

Jonathan Spence concludes of Gamble that his “findings were open-minded, clear-headed, methodologically intelligent (though not always beyond criticism by scholars of different views), startlingly imaginative, and — when presented in photographic form — vigorous, ebullient, unsentimental, and starkly, yet never cruelly, illustrative of the deep and real suffering that lay at the heart of China’s long revolution.” [Wikipedia]

Rescued Slave Girls ; 1917 – 1919

Industrial Training – between 1917 and 1919

Yellow Lama Priest ; 1917 – 1919

between 1917 and 1919

1917 – 1919

The Temple Court — Quiet Save for the Tinkle of the Wind ; 1917 – 1919

The Slaughter House Sign, Pig Bladders ; 1917 – 1919

The Peking Chinese Young Men’s Christian Association ; 1917 – 1919

The foundlings’ home ; 1917 – 1919

The Five Teachers, Christ, Lao Tze, Confucius and … John Howard ; 1917 – 1919

Teng Shih K’ou Church ; 1917 – 1919

The Blind Working for the Blind ; 1917 – 1919

Student Guard at Government Law School, the Student Jail ; 1917 – 1919

Sure of One Hot Meal on a Cold Day ; 1917 – 1919

STITCHING SOLES ; 1917 – 1919

Rickshaw Shelter ; 1917 – 1919

Spreading Modern Ideas Among the Common People ; 1917 – 1919

Reform School Dormitory ; 1917 – 1919

Prostitutes’ Advertising ; 1917 – 1919

Beijing walls, 1917-1919

Peking Model Prison, the First of 39 in China ; 1917 – 1919

Old Style Prison ; 1917 – 1919

National Teachers’ College, the Forge ; 1917 – 1919

Making Match Boxes. Model Prison Workshop ; 1917 – 1919

Industrial Training; shop practice ; 1917 – 1919

Industrial Education. National Teachers’ College ; 1917 – 1919

Student Demonstrations, June 4th and 5th, 1919

Arrested Students Going to Jail, 1919

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Champagne Court camera market for film enthusiasts, images

Camera market in Hong Kong: Half a dozen little stores selling old and medium format cameras, films, and equipment.

It’s easy to find rare equipment, camera backs, lenses, and pretty much everything you need for your camera.

Champagne Court is located in Kimberley Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Images of Chanpagne Court Camera Market in Hong Kong