Jour­nal­ist hopes to cover beauty in empty cap­i­tal

China Daily (Canada) - - HOLIDAY - By ZHANG ZHIHAO zhangzhi­hao@chi­

While most peo­ple re­turned­home dur­ing Spring Fes­ti­val, ZhaoHet­ing, 30, a pho­to­jour­nal­ist at Ten­cent News, snapped pic­tures in Bei­jing, doc­u­ment­ing the “spring travel” — the world’s largest an­nual hu­man mi­gra­tion— and the empty cap­i­tal it leaves be­hind.

The 30-year-old pho­to­jour­nal­ist was born in Liaon­ing prov­ince. He worked for a lo­cal news­pa­per in Hu­nan prov­ince for three years be­fore com­ing to Bei­jing in 2015.

“This is my first time tak­ing pic­tures of the empty cap­i­tal,” Zhao said. “I can’t even imag­ine how sur­real it must be to see the typ­i­cally crowded sub­ways, shop­ping malls and roads be­come hol­low. You don’t see scenes like th­ese every day.”

The scenes usu­ally painted of the city are cold and un­for­giv­ing, Zhao said, but he wanted his pic­tures to por­tray a dif­fer­ent tone.

“I want to prove that amid the empty build­ings, there are still beau­ties to be­hold and sto­ries to un­fold,” Zhao said. This was the rea­son for his stay­ing in the city when mil­lions of peo­ple re­turned home, he added.

“I looked for­ward to re­turn­ing every year be­cause it is a rare chance to es­cape the city life and re­con­nect withmy fam­ily,” he said.

Now, with Zhao’s daugh­ter turn­ing one year old, he and his wife have an­chored their lives in Bei­jing in­stead.

“Liv­ing in a big city is re­ally chal­leng­ing,” he said. “But see­ing my daugh­ter grow up, I know every­thing will be worth it. I hope one day she will look at my pic­tures and be proud.”


Zhang Ding­hao at work at the San­jiang high-speed rail­way sta­tion in Li­uzhou, Guangxi.

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