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China Scenic - - Cover Selection -

s the cover of this is­sue, the col­or­ful il­lus­tra­tion col­lected in the paint­ing al­bum Les­rues­de­pékin gives us a glimpse of the street scene of Bei­jing dur­ing the 19th Cen­tury, an era when cam­era was far from preva­lent like to­day. With a smile on his face, the ped­dler seems quite con­fi­dent about his goods — lo­tus roots and seed­pods. Yet the paint­ing is more than a pre­sen­ta­tion of the folk life, but also a vivid record of the wis­dom of the an­cient Chi­nese — in China, it has long been an tra­di­tion, even much ear­lier than the time of this il­lus­tra­tion, us­ing all kinds of foods and drinks to get through the re­lent­less sum­mer, and lo­tus, a wa­ter plant, all parts of which are used as food ma­te­ri­als by the Chi­nese. The com­bi­na­tion of art and Chi­nese food cul­ture makes the il­lus­tra­tion stand out from other cover op­tions, and that has also brought us the very first il­lus­tra­tion cover, not a photo one, of Chi­nascenic . The other cover op­tions are: No. 1, The runins of the Up­per Cap­i­tal Longquan Fu of the King­dom of Bal­hae No. 2, The fresco on the walls of the tomb of the Zhenx­iao Princess of the Bal­hae No. 3, The gold mask ex­ca­vated at the tomb of the the Chen­guo Princess of the Liao Dy­nasty No. 4, Oil-fried lo­tus flower: a fa­mous dish of Ji­nan, Shan­dong Prov­ince No. 5, The ex­quis­ite nest of baya weaver; No. 6, Crab fish­nets on a lake in An­ning, Kun­ming No. 7, A pho­tog­ra­pher ex­plor­ing a branch cave of the Yon­gle Dragon Hole in the South China Sea No. 8, A banyan grows on an an­cient bridge of the Song Dy­nasty

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