Beauty of Hangzhou

Pho­tog­ra­phers showcase charms of G20 sum­mit host city

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By CHI­NADAILY in Hangzhou

Barely one month away from the start of the G20 Lead­ers Sum­mit in Hangzhou, East China’s Zhe­jiang prov­ince, fi­nal prepa­ra­tions are be­ing made ahead of the main event. As the city pre­pares for the eyes of the world to be upon it, many res­i­dents’ lives are con­tin­u­ing as nor­mal. They jog on the banks of the West Lake, dance on the pub­lic greens and shop in the bustling mar­kets.

Both the city and its oc­cu­pants were cap­tured by par­tic­i­pants in the “Beau­ti­ful China, Beau­ti­ful Hangzhou” Lang­shi Cup Global Photography Com­pe­ti­tion held ear­lier this year. The com­pe­ti­tion winners were an­nounced re­cently in Hangzhou and their works will be in­cluded in a photo al­bum.

A part of the com­pe­ti­tion, in May an on-site photography event ti­tled “A Trip to Beau­ti­ful Hangzhou” was held, invit­ing pho­tog­ra­phers from G20 coun­tries to visit Hangzhou for three days and fo­cus on the city and its peo­ple. Some of them are well-known pho­tog­ra­phers from ma­jor in­ter­na­tional news agen­cies.

They vis­ited the city’s his­toric ar­eas, its parks, tem­ples and mu­se­ums, as well as lo­cal mar­kets, small al­ley­ways and re­mote neigh­bor­hoods, record­ing what they saw from dif­fer­ent an­gles.

“We hope that th­ese pho­tos will dis­play the charm of our city to the world,” said a lo­cal gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial, who was one of the co-or­ga­niz­ers of the event.

FRED­ERIC DUFOUR / FOR CHINA DAILY

A woman glances over her shoul­der as she walks along­side a pond in Xixi Wet­land Park, in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince.

CHRIS MEE­HAN / FOR CHINA DAILY

Dancers of all ages leave their wor­ries be­hind as they gather on the bank of West Lake.

SE­BASTIEN MINY/ FOR CHINA DAILY

Kung fu en­thu­si­asts prac­tice on Gushan Hill in Hangzhou.

CHRIS MEE­HAN / FOR CHINA DAILY

In the an­cient vil­lage of Long­men near Hangzhou, lo­cals go about their daily lives.

JAN MROZ / FOR CHINA DAILY

Stu­dents of a Hangzhou pri­mary school pre­pare to go on an ex­cur­sion.

JA­COB HASELKORN / FOR CHINA DAILY

A per­for­mance of a tra­di­tional opera is staged in the old vil­lage of Long­men.

JACK SOLTYSIK / FOR CHINA DAILY

A phar­ma­cist pre­pares an or­der at the Hu Qing Yu Tang Mu­seum of Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine.

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