Image Page on China

Include pictures, and at least one panorama image, and a webcam image from two different times.


            1.         Landscapes

            ◦           Karst Landscape Near Guilin

            ◦           Gobi Desert

            ◦           Rice Fields in Yuan Yang

            ◦           Panorama View of First Turn in Yangtze River

            2.         Cities

Hong Kong from Victoria Peak; Webcam Views from Hong Kong Observatory on Victoria Peak

            ◦           Beijing Central Business District

            ◦           Nanning Skyline with Long Xiang Pagoda in foreground

            ◦           Pudong Skyline viewed from the Bund

            3.         Landmarks

            ◦           Tiananmen Square, Beijing

            ◦           Forbidden City, Beijing

            ◦           The Great Wall

            ◦           The Three Gorges dam

            4.         Images of People

            ◦           Zhuang Family from Yuan Province

            ◦           The Dalai Lama

            ◦           Traditional Chinese Rice Farmer

            ◦           FoxConn Workers

            5.         Images from the book

            ◦           Terracotta Warriors

            ◦           Chinese Dim Sum, Hong Kong




1 Landscape  

Karst Landscape Near Guilin


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Guilin is a city in southeastern China, the is one of China’s biggest tourist destinations. Guilin is renowned for its karst topography. Karst is a topography formed by the dissolution of rocks, such as limestone. In the area surrounding Guilin, the karst mountains are covered with dense plant growth due to the area’s year-round temperate climate. Tourists to Guilin typically take in a cruise on the Li river, and tour local villages to experience traditional ways of life, such as the farmer with the water buffalo in this image.


Gobi Desert


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The Gobi Desert covers much of north and northeastern China’s order with Mongolia. The Gobi covers 500,000 square miles and is the fifth largest desert in the world. Notwithstanding the popular view inspired by images such as the one above, much of the Gobi Desert is not sandy desert but bare rock.


Rice Fields in Yuan Yang


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Rice paddies are one of the things that Westerners typically associate with China. In China, rice paddy farming dates back ten thousand years. It developed as a response to the challenges of growing food to feed a large population where there was little farmable land present. Rice paddies are formed by flooding impermeable fields with water from rivers or monsoon rains. In China, terraced rice paddies, like those pictured, were developed in response to the need to farm hilly terrain.


Panorama View of First Turn in Yangtze River


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The Yangtze River is the largest river in china and the third largest river in the world. It is traditionally considered to divide northern China from southern China. At the point of the Yangtze pictured, the river makes a sharp bend from flowing southward to flowing northward. This is due to a large v-shaped cut in the mountain ranges that border the river as it flows through Yunnan province. This section of the river has become a popular spot for river cruises directed at both foreign and Chinese tourists.

2 Cities

Hong Kong from Victoria Peak


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Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. It is one of the most visited tourist sites in Hong Kong because of the views it provides of the city, Hong Kong harbor, Kowloon and the territories. You can reach the Peak from central Hong Kong by way of a 125 year old tram. At the end of the tram route, there is a sightseeing pavilion, restaurants and shopping. The pavilion also provides entrances to hiking areas on the peak that permit a tourist to escape the bustle of the pavilion.


Webcam Views from Hong Kong Observatory on Victoria Peak


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Beijing Central Business District


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The Beijing Central Business District, pictured above, is the primary area for business and finance in Beijing. It is located between the Third Ring Road and the Fourth Ring Road and to the east of the Beijing City Center. As the home to many of Beijing’s most important business headquarters, it has in recent years seen an explosion in construction of new office towers. Many of those are architecturally innovative or distinctive, such as the China central television headquarters and the China World Trade Center, located to the left hand side of the picture.


Nanning Skyline with Long Xiang Pagoda in foreground


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Nanning is the capital of the Zhuang Autonomous Region, which is located in southeastern China, north of Viet Nam. Nanning is important to me because it is the city where the orphanage I was adopted from is located, and I believe that I was born in a rural area in the Zhuang Autonomous Region. This image offers a contrast that characterizes modern Nanchang. In the foreground is Long Xiang Pagoda. This Pavilion is a reconstruction of one of the “Three Great Towers of South China.” The original was destroyed in a war in 1926, and dates back to 653. In the background are is the skyline of modern Nanchang, most of which has been constructed over the last 30 years, as Nanchang has become a center of commerce in Southeast China


Pudong Skyline viewed from the Bund


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This image depicts the view from the Bund in Shanghai across the Huangpu River toward the skyscrapers in Shanghai’s Pudong business district. It is another image that represents the changes that the modern Chinese economy has brought to China. The Bund, one of Shanghai’s most famous tourist destinations, is comprised of colonial era buildings and wharves built in the 1920’s and 1930’s. These buildings were the focus of trade between China and Europe, Russia and the United Sates in the period before the Communist Revolution. Pudong was originally farmland. IN 1993, the Chinese government set up a special economic zone in Pudong, and the western tip of the area, facing the Bund has become the financial hub China.

3 Landmarks

Tiananmen Square, Beijing


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Tiananmen Square is best known to most Westerners as the site of the pro-democracy protests in 1989 and the subsequent massacre of protestors resulting from the Chinese army’s advance on the square. Tiananmen Square was originally constructed in the 1950’s as part of Mao’s vision of having a large public square in Beijing that would serve as a home for public demonstrations and rallies in support of the government. In the years after construction of the square, numerous public buildings, such as the Great Hall of the People were constructed adjacent to the square. So, it is ironic that the square ultimately became known for protests against the government.


Forbidden City, Beijing


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Beijing’s Forbidden City is the largest collection of preserved wooden structures in the world and is probably the most famous tourist attraction in China’s capital city. Construction of the Forbidden City began in 1406, after the capital of China was moved from Nanjing to Beijing. For the next 500 years, the Forbidden City would serve as the home for the Chinese Emperor and as the seat of the national government of China. It is now home to the world’s most visited museum.


The Great Wall


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The Great wall of China might be China’s most famous tourist attraction. But it is also a piece of history. The construction of the wall reflects the history of and the rise and fall of Chinese empires. Its original structures were built in the seventh century BC by several of the individual states that then existed in northern China. When the Chinese empire was initially consolidated in the third century BC, these structures were destroyed and replaced by a single wall designed to protect the new integrated empire. In the fourteenth century, the wall was extended to protect China from Mongol tribes to the north. Over the next three hundred years, the empire continuously added sections to and improved the wall, primarily for purposes of defense.


The Three Gorges Dam


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Construction of the Three Gorges Dam might have been the world’s largest scale civil engineering project. Began in 1994, the project was finished in 2006. As part of the construction project, hundreds of cities and towns and thousands of villages were submerged, and millions of people were relocated. This caused incredible social dislocation at the time, as many peasant communities were relocated to huge residential towers totally out of touch with their prior lives. The problems created by the dam continue, as fluctuating water levels in the reservoir have created landslides, and the problems with relocated communities continue to fester.


4 Images of People

Zhuang Family from Yunnan Province


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The Zhuang ethnic group is the largest single ethnic group in China, with a population of about 16 million. Most of the Zhuang live in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southeast China. As I noted above, I believe that I might have some Zhuang heritage, as I bear some facial features typical of the Zhuang. The Zhuang have their own language that is now written with the Latin alphabet. The Zhuang live primarily in the rural areas of Guangxi province.


The Dalai Lama


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The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, and formerly the head of the Tibetan state. The Dalai Lama has always seen a symbol of a unified Tibet and continues to be a symbol of the hopes for an independent Tibet, which is currently ruled by China. The current Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was exiled from Tibet in 1959, and has since become both an international symbol of the quest for some degree of independence for Tibet in China and a proponent of international peace.


Traditional Chinese Rice Farmer


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In China, most agricultural production continues to rely on manual labor, like the work of this solitary Chinese farmer working in his rice field. Although rice production in China has tripled over the last 50 years, China has to import much of the rice consumed by its rapidly growing population. Much of that rice is imported from Vietnam and from Thailand. In spite of western stereotypes, China is not entirely a rice consuming country. The Yangtze River marks the boundary between the mainly rice-producing areas to the south and the mainly wheat-producing regions to the north. Because of the manual labor involved, rice production in China requires twice the time that wheat production does.


FoxConn Workers


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Foxconn is the contractor that makes a large number of the iPhones sold in the United States. It has factories all over China that employ hundreds of thousands of workers to assemble and test iPhones, like those pictured here. These workers often worked 80-100 hour weeks for very low pay, while housed in cramped, employer-owned dormitories. In 2010, the working conditions these workers were exposed to received international attention when 18 workers committed suicide at Foxconn factories. In spite of this attention, working conditions for these workers has improved little over the last eight years.

5 Images from the Book

Terracotta Warriors


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Standing silent guard over their emperor for over two millennia, the terracotta warriors of Xian are one of the most extraordinary archaeological discoveries ever made. It’s not just that there are thousands of the life-sized figures lined up in battle formation; it’s the fact that no two of them are alike – each one is animated with a distinct expression. This is an army and one made up entirely of individuals. Gazing at these skillfully sculpted faces brings the past alive with a unique intensity.


Planet, Lonely. Lonely Planet China (Travel Guide). Lonely Planet Global Limited. Kindle Edition.



Chinese Dim Sum, Hong Kong


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 Say zàijiàn (goodbye) to that Chinatown schlock and nǐhǎo (hello) to a whole new world of food and flavour. For Peking duck and dumplings galore, Běijīng's a good place to start, but you don't have to travel far to find that China truly is your oyster, from the liquid fire of a Chóngqìng hotpot to the dainty dim sum of Hong Kong. You’ll see things you’ve never seen before, eat things you’ve never heard of and drink things that could lift a rocket into orbit.


Planet, Lonely. Lonely Planet China (Travel Guide). Lonely Planet Global Limited. Kindle Edition.





Submitted by Leah Johnson on March 29, 2019.