By brass gate
While tending to a general provision shop, grandmother plays with her grandson.
By morgan ommer
Lijiang Old Town, rebuilt because of a devastating earthquake in 1996, is a traveller隆炉s oasis. Three small rivers course through Old Town"s cobbles-stoned streets that are lined with trees, wonderful restaurants and cafes, shops, residences and a theatre where you can attend a performance of music played on original period instruments that date back to the Han dynasty. Lijiang has been designated by UNESCO as one of the world"s major cultural heritages, and is the centre of the Lijiang Naxi Ethnic Minority Autonomous County. The Naxi (one of 25 ethnic minorities of Yunnan Province) are the predominate population of Lijiang and its surrounding area. There are also a variety of beautiful parks and temples around Lijiang.
BY yuval naaman
There is no rice - just mirror water facing the cold sun
By Thanh Nguyen
On my second day in Yuanyang, while trying to catch some human beings at work over the terraced fields but failed, I heard a chorus in children隆炉s voices floating upward from the deep valley. I signalled the driver pointing to my camera plus a 2-finger-walking sign, then pointing down the cold and windy valley. "I"ve got to go down there to take pictures, Sir!隆卤 He nodded. Resting assured that he realized what I wanted to do and will not leave without me; I hopped from foot to foot over the edges of the paddies. When reaching the thatched hut where farmers use to store water-buffalo manure as fertilizer, I met a group of kids who were singing folk songs.
I quickly snapshot a picture, and let them view themselves on the LCD screen. They seem very surprised, but still be too shy to stand in front of the lens. I shot some pictures of the paddies, and walked away. Before too far, I turned the camera backward and caught this photo of the young singer.
I don隆炉t know her name. I don隆炉t have her address. It隆炉s a shame! If I ever come back, I knew which village to look for her. With luck, I will meet her again, and will give her an enlargement of today posting隆颅
bY Ricardo Lopes
This is the biggest temple in Chengdu city. This was a rainy, melancholic day (as much as any day in China can be melancholic) and I head out to visit this temple, its gardens and teahouse, and to have lunch in its wonderful (and rowdy!) vegetarian restaurant. It was a week day and not many people were around, so the atmosphere was very peaceful. I stayed there for hours隆颅
I know some of you are going to say this one should have more contrast and sharpness, but this 隆掳blurred隆卤, greyish, smoky atmosphere is closest to the one I experienced there. And as it happened in some photos I previous posted, more sharpness would ruin this atmosphere. Still, as usual, I隆炉m opened to other opinions and critics. Please, share them with me.
By Sheila Zhao
A novice monk concentrating on his calligraphy at Drepung Monestary.
By draco long
Three Tibetan ladies wearing white mask with umbrella to keep out the strong sunlight enjoyed the show they seemed to be so obsessed with, even neglected the existence of the camera just in front of them, and one thing needs to make clear that it was not in the SARS outbreak period but a local habit for women living in highland, for ultraviolet ray is always the beauty killer, and local women find their solution: mask, hat, umbrella......same as people in elsewhere, but as to their smiles under the mask, what I can do is.......imagine
By draco long
Another shot from the same student festival in Hongyuan County, and really admire that all Tibetans seem to get the gift of singing and dancing from very young ages, which also play an important role in their daily lives, and their traditional costumes with long sleeves make the show more attractive.
BY Colin Brenchley
The Hu Tongs form the skeleton of old Beijing and are the traditional houses, mainly single storey, usually built around a courtyard and have been the homes for residents of Beijing through the ages. Often complete generations of families lived around the courtyards. There is no running water or sanitation in the Hu Tongs but a system of communal wash-houses are built into the infra structure. This fruit seller had his pitch on one of the streets in the middle of the Hu Tong area.
By Rick Jiang
This photo was taken near a check-point for forest protection before our venturing upon a backpacked trek through the uncharted course in one of China"s biggest stretch of forest ---Shennongjia Forest Area. I"ve used 300mm focal length in an attempt to leave the subject in a peaceful and spontaneous manner.
As in most big cities this kind of sad scenes are often seen. I wonder if someone cares.