FOR­EIGN LENSES

Cam­era­men glimpse dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE -

The event kicks off in Min­qin county, North­west China’s Gansu prov­ince. Sur­viv­ing as an oasis on the Gobi Desert, Min­qin is the home of Hongyashan Reser­voir, one of Asia’s big­gest reser­voirs in the desert. To counter sand storms, lo­cal peo­ple have planted a large area of sun­flow­ers that can grow in the in­fer­tile land. For many of the pho­tog­ra­phers who have never been to a desert be­fore, it was a new and touch­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Berto Basilissa Wed­hatama from Jakarta Post, In­done­sia says: “It’s re­ally hard for me to find the words to de­scribe the nat­u­ral ex­trav­a­ganza of the sun­flow­ers in the desert and lo­cal peo­ple’s cam­paign in anti-desertification. Or just one word, in­cred­i­ble!”

In Xi’an, the cap­i­tal city of Shaanxi prov­ince that en­joys a glo­ri­ous and long his­tory, for­eigner jour­nal­ists ex­pe­ri­ence the beauty of col­or­ful Chi­nese cul­ture. The Bell and Drum Tow­ers, old walls, Dayan (Wild Goose) Pagoda, Hui (Chi­nese Mus­lim) street and Ter­ra­cotta War­riors make up a vivid pic­ture of this an­cient cap­i­tal of 13 dy­nas­ties.

The Song of Ever­last­ing Sor­row, an opera shar­ing the same ti­tle as a poem writ­ten by Tang Dy­nasty’s (AD 618907) fa­mous poet Bai Juyi, wins their ac­claim for its per­fect com­bi­na­tion of sound and light.

“Xi’an deserves mil­lions of pho­tos. The Song of Ever­last­ing Sor­row in Huaqing Hot Spring, the first Chi­nese great his­tor­i­cal pan­tomime, is im­pres­sive. I have never seen such a great per­for­mance in my life,” says Md Am­ran Hos­sain from Bangladesh’s Daily Star.

Tian­jin is a city with a unique East­meets-West at­mos­phere. Old build­ings in its fi­nan­cial ar­eas, the an­cient cul­ture street and lit­tle Ital­ian neigh­bor­hood are all well pre­served and have dif­fer­ent charms.

At the same time, the metropolis’ im­pres­sive ur­ban con­struc­tion and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment are demon­strated in Tian­jin port and national an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try park. What draws most at­ten­tion from the cam­era­men is the cul­tural at­trac­tions with typ­i­cal Tian­jin style, such as Clay Fig­ure Zhang and Tian­jin Yan­gli­uqing New Year paint­ings.

Tha­nis Sudto from The Na­tion, Thai­land, is fas­ci­nated by Tian­jin’s unique cul­ture.

“I love the nice an­cient cul­tural street that of­fers novel and fancy things all around you, and I had a chance to buy the xi­aoren­shu, a small book drawn by hand for chil­dren in the past decades in China,” he says.

The high tem­per­a­ture in Zhe­jiang, South­east China does not spoil the photo team’s fine mood when ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the pic­turesque “Jiang­nan” (lower reaches of the Yangtze River). Pho­tog­ra­phers are en­grossed tak­ing pho­tos of Nian­badu old town, Mount Jianglang and Guyan town.

Many jour­nal­ists are amazed at Zhe­jiang’s nat­u­ral beauty. “The scenery there is mag­nif­i­cent and I have taken many fan­tas­tic videos. I will surely go back to Zhe­jiang. I love Zhe­jiang, the pic­turesque prov­ince,” says Lance Matthew Crayon from China Daily’s web­site di­vi­sion.

As part of the pub­lic re­la­tion cam­paign ini­ti­ated by the In­for­ma­tion Of­fice of the State Coun­cil and National Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion in 2013, the Beau­ti­ful China event plays a sig­nif­i­cant role in pro­mot­ing for­eign­ers’ deeper un­der­stand­ing of China. The event was held from July 22 to Au­gust 5.

MAL SAILEN­DRA / FOR CHINA DAILY

A woman burns joss sticks at Mazu (Tian­hou) Tem­ple in Tian­jin.

Folk artists per­form at Guanzhong Folk Art Mu­seum in Shaanxi prov­ince.

BERTO BASILISSA WED­HATAMA / FOR CHINA DAILY

Women dressed in their hol­i­day best wel­come vis­i­tors in Min­qin county, Gansu prov­ince.

MD AM­RAN HOS­SAIN / FOR CHINA DAILY

Peo­ple line up to pur­chase ice cream from a Uygur ped­dler in Xi’an, Shaanxi prov­ince.

LAM NGAI CHING / FOR CHINA DAILY

A porter plays a bam­boo flute while climb­ing Mount Huashan in Shaanxi prov­ince.

KI­RAN KUMAR PAN­DAY / FOR CHINA DAILY

A pic­ture of Chair­man Mao at a book­stall in Tian­jin.

EM­LYN HOPE B. RILLON / FOR CHINA DAILY

MITCHELL MASILUN / FOR CHINA DAILY

An artist works on a clay fig­urine at Clay Fig­ure Zhang Mu­seum in Tian­jin.

SEAH KWANG PENG / FOR CHINA DAILY

A woman makes a phone call in the field of sun­flow­ers in Min­qin county, Gansu prov­ince.

DANIEL O POSSAMAI / FOR CHINA DAILY

A girl with tra­di­tional head­wear poses in front of the Drum Tower in Xi’an, Shaanxi prov­ince.

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