Synergy of Humanity by E C Tong.

It’s an open-air show about life in Lijiang long ago, using Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as a backdrop
Synergy of Humanity by EC Tong. Photograph by Eng Chung Tong
Last autumn, I travelled with a group of friends from Malaysia to Yunnan province in China.
It is a beautiful region, significantly less polluted than cities such as Beijing and rich in mountains, lakes, rice terraces and gorges.
We visited Shangri-La City, Dali, the Tiger Leaping Gorge and the Lijiang national park, where I took this shot.
We were there for a day. We spent the morning seeing the sights of the park, and in the afternoon we went to watch the Impression Lijiang show.
It is an open-air theatre performance of song and dance by one of the top directors in China, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers).
It depicts daily life in the area a long time ago. The actors are cast from the Naxi, Bai, Yi and other local ethnic minority tribes.
Source: EC Tong’s best photograph: a huge-scale recreation of Chinese harvests past | Art and design | The Guardian

Haunting Images of life inside a Steel Mill.

Images by Photojournalist Kevin Frayer (Getty Images).
Like the other 160-plus signatories of the Paris climate agreement, China has pledged to slash its greenhouse gas emissions in the years ahead as part of a global goal of halting rising temperatures.
“Our response to climate change bears on the future of our people and the wellbeing of mankind,” Chinese President Xi Jinping has said.


As the world’s biggest polluter, China faces an extraordinary challenge in reducing its emissions — one made all the more difficult because of the countless high-polluting factories scattered across the country.
Authorities have moved to shut down many of the worst-offending factories, but some factory owners simply pay informal “fines” to local authorities before re-opening.


Photojournalist Kevin Frayer traveled to Inner Mongolia with Getty Images earlier this month to capture some haunting pictures of life inside one steel mill.
See more stunning  images via Buzzfeed News

Sunset at ancient City of Jiaohe.

A view of the ruins of the ancient city of Jiaohe, seen at sunset in March, 2007 in Turpan, China.
Jiaohe, was built on a 98-foot-high loess plateau over 2,300 years ago, lies in the Yarnaz Valley and is protected by the natural fortification of the precipitous cliffs.
The city has been a major passageway for communication between the East and West since the Han Dynasty and Tang Dynasty, and an important section of the ancient Silk Road.
Image Credit: Photograph by China Photos / Getty.
via A Photo Trip Along the Ancient Silk Road – The Atlantic

Morning Fog at the Great Wall of China.

Early morning fog covers the Jiankou section of the amazing ancient Great Wall of China, located in Huairou District, north of Beijing, China.
Image Credit: Photograph by REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Source: Photos of the week |

Tibetan Buddhists on Pilgrimage to Monastery.

Gannan, China:
Local Tibetan Buddhists on a pilgrimage to Labrang Monastery.
Pilgrims perform prostrations along the road, taking three or five steps between each bow.
Image Credit: Photograph by He Jian/TPOTY
Source: Travel Photographer of the Year 2018: the winners | Travel | The Guardian

The World’s Oldest Printed Book.

The Diamond Sutra is an ancient Buddhist sermon that generations of Buddhists have memorized and chanted since at least the fifth century.
The sutra, which meditates on the illusory nature of the material world—the central theme of Buddhism, was originally written in Sanskrit in India, from which it was translated to Chinese in 401 AD. It is said that the teachings of The Diamond Sutra “cut like a diamond blade through worldly illusion to illuminate what is real and everlasting.”
A copy of this original translation, printed on an 18-feet-long, yellow-dyed scroll of paper, is housed at the British Library in London. The last few lines of the text, the colophon, identifies who printed it, when and why.
It reads: “Reverently made for universal free distribution by Wang Jie on behalf of his two parents, 11 May 868.
”The precise date makes this particular edition of Diamond Sutra the world’s oldest printed and dated book in existence.
The explicit public domain dedication is also the first in the history of creative work. The Diamond Sutra was printed using woodblock printing—a technique where the text to be printed is carefully carved as a relief pattern on a block of wood, and then stamped on paper or fabric after dipping the block in a pool of ink.
The scroll comprises of seven panels of paper, each of which was printed from a single block and stuck together to create a single scroll.
While individual sheets of woodblock-printed paper have been found dating to the early Tang Dynasty (7th century), the Diamond Sutra is the earliest complete book to be found intact.
The scroll was discovered by a monk inside a sealed-up cave at a site called “Caves of the Thousand Buddhas” near Dunhuang, in northwest China.
The dry desert air provided the perfect conditions for the preservation of the paper and the silk scrolls inside.
The yellow dye used on the scrolls comes from the Amur Cork Tree which has insecticidal properties. This contributed to the preservation of the scrolls.
Source: The World’s Oldest Printed Book | Amusing Planet

Honey Hunting on Cliffs of Yunnan Province.

Honey hunters Dong Haifa (top) and Mi Qiaoyun stand on a makeshift rope ladder, surrounded by bees as they work together gathering wild cliff honey on the cliffs of China’s Yunnan province, 11 May, 2019.
Image Credit: Photograph by Kevin Frayer / Getty
Source: Honey Hunting on the Cliffs of China’s Yunnan Province: Photos – The Atlantic

Sunrise in Guangxi Province.

Good Morning Damian Shan.
Major Open overall winner and Open Award Winner in Nature / Landscape.
Taken at sunrise in China’s Guangxi Province, along the Li River, this panorama by photographer Jesus M. Garcia is stitched together from seven vertical images.
Image Credit: Photograph by © Jesus M. Garcia / The Epson International Pano Awards
via Winners of the 2017 Epson International Pano Awards – The Atlantic

Recreating Mars in the Gobi Desert.

Jinchang, China
A staff member wearing a mock space suit poses in the Gobi desert near the C-space project Mars simulation base outside Jinchang.
Image Credit: Photograph by Thomas Peter/Reuters
Source: The 20 photographs of the week | Art and design | The Guardian

Workers harvesting Tea in Zhejiang Province.

According to a legend, tea was first discovered by the Chinese emperor Shennong in 2737 BC.
Today China is the world’s biggest tea producer, producing 2.43m tonnes last year.
The tea industry in China employs around 80 million people as both farmers and pickers, and in sales
Image Credit: Photograph by Roman Pilipey/EPA.  Seasonal workers harvest Longjing (Dragon Well) tea at a plantation in Meijiawu village, Zhejiang province
Source: All the tea in China – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian