I Reshot Old Photos Of China To Show How It Changed In 100 Years

When most people travel, they think of travelling in space. Whether it’s hiking through a national park or learning about a distant culture, it’s usually about the destination. This time, I decided to travel in time. Here are some scenes from China as they looked over the past hundred years. The old pictures were pulled from various books and websites. I then re-took each of them, matching the angle and focal length as closely as possible.

It’s interesting to see what humans are able to change and what humans are utterly incapable of changing. On one hand, a city may rise out of nowhere in just a matter of a decade or two, showing how powerful China’s economy has become, and how advanced engineering has enabled us to build so rapidly. At the same time, the profile of the mountains and rivers don’t budge, a constant reminder that we are still powerless compared to Mother Nature.

Lanzhou (1930; 2016)

 

Historically, it was not common for Chinese cities to be built on the coast. Shanghai, however, in the past 100 years grew from a mere fishing village to the largest city in the world (old picture by unknown; new picture – D. Venkatraman)

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Chinese Olympic swimmer’s adorable reactions are deserving of their own meme

Fu Yuanhui pulls one of her many faces on the medal podium at the 2015 FINA World Championships.

Image: ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images

Fu Yuanhui is clearly having the time of her life at the Rio Olympics.

During Sunday’s semi-finals of the women’s 100m backstroke, the 20-year-old Chinese swimmer found out during a poolside interview that she made it to the finals and clocked a personal best.

With unmasked delight, she says to the reporter: “I was so fast! I’m very satisfied!”

Later she talks a little about how much work she’s put in to make it to the Olympics: “There were times when I felt like it was better to be dead than to live.”

Then on Monday night, after swimming in the finals, she got news of her bronze medal win from the same reporter. Fu had thought she didn’t win anything, saying: “Even though I did not win a medal…” but is interrupted by the interviewer who informs her she got the bronze.

 

She’s stunned for a few moments, before recovering. “That’s not bad at all!” she says, cheerily.

Her wide-eyed reaction has started going viral both in China and abroad, where Fu has won a new legion of fans.

 

 

People on Weibo are drawing cartoons of her and posting images imitating her facial expressions:

“I’m very pleased!”

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“I was so fast!”

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“I don’t have any expectations for tomorrow because I’m so happy today!”

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“Hahahahahaha”

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Fu’s surprise

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22+ Reasons Why You Should Visit China

The Chinese civilization is one of the oldest in the world, and these photos will prove it is also one of the most beautiful.

If it’s your first time visiting China, then Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian are a must-see. The famous Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace are found in Beijing; Shanghai is a world-renowned metropolis with a stunning skyline; and Xian, on the Yellow River, is home to the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses of Emperor Qin Shi Huang.

Have you ever been to China? Post your photos, of vote on your favorite submissions below!

 

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Panda Babies Sleeping In Baskets Make Their First Public Appearance At Chinese Panda Breeding Center

These baby pandas are a cause to celebrate! Ten pandas were born this year at the Ya’an Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding Center, and this past Friday, they made their debut public appearance. The pandas range in age from two weeks to two months old. The deputy minister of Animal Management at the China Conservation and Research Centre, Luo Bo, reports that there has been a healthy boom in the birth of panda cubs, especially the number of twin cubs, this year.

Giant panda births are celebrated because females are able to breed for only 2-3 days a year, and they only give birth to one cub every two years. Around 75% of the world’s giant pandas live in Sichuan province, with the Chengdu Research Base being one of the primary conservation sites. If you’d like to see some of our other posts about baby pandas, click here.

 

Image credits: Li Qiaoqiao / Corbis

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