Sunday, 3 April 2011

China: cadres and colonnades

I returned to Beijing after a ten-year absence. The horizon was a jumble of skyscrapers and tower blocks, stretching out from East to West with barely a sliver of sky between them. Everything was clean and orderly, with neat rows of silver birch trees lined up behind spotless pavements and well-managed cycle lanes. The tiled ‘hutong’ houses and bicycle-drawn carts I remembered from my last visit were nowhere to be seen. But as the days went by, I started to notice old Beijing emerging from the cracks between the modern facades. Here are some of my favourite photos of the new and old China. Read my China blog »

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