China Photo Diary

My 2016 was spent almost entirely in China. Despite having been back in the US for two months now, I’m still struggling to explain what my year was like. My hope is that this hand crafted photo series will give you a better explanation than words ever will.

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Crowds full of tour groups walk to the Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum in Nanjing.
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Food vendors line the sidewalk outside a busy convention center in Beijing.

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View of Nanjing’s busy Zhongshan Rd from the Zifeng Tower Observatory (450m high).
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Visitors gaze at a painting at the National Museum of China in Beijing.
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An overloaded motor vehicle drives down a tree-lined street in Beijing’s Chaoyang District.
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A work truck overloaded with unwanted foliage at the Old Summer Palace in Beijing.

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Xuanwumen, the gate and main entrance to Nanjing’s Xuanwu Lake.
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Inside the decaying hallway of an apartment building in Nanjing’s Gulou District.
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A vibrantly painted building in Beijing’s Jingshan Park.
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A market of off Shanghai Rd in Nanjing.
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Visitors to Nanjing’s Xuanwu Lake examine each other’s transportation methods.

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A neighborhood street tucked away in the alleys of Nanjing’s Gulou District.
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A look at one of the waiting rooms at Shanghai Railway Station.
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The typical spread at a Beijing Roast Duck restaurant.
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A man cleaning unwanted foliage from the water at Beijing’s Old Summer Palace
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A typical Chinese guardian lion outside of a Nanjing University building.
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Ming Dynasty style doorway at Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum in Nanjing.
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Clothes hanging to dry and a large trash pile visible from a high rise apartment in Nanjing.

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Admiring the view from the top of Gubeikou, an unrestored section of the Great Wall.
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A bright pink lotus flower at Mochou Lake in Nanjing.
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Visitors attempt to toss coins into a pot at the historic Jiming Buddhist Temple in Nanjing.
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The decaying entrance to several high rise apartment buildings in Nanjing’s Gulou District.
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Smoke rising from large incense pots at the historic Lama Buddhist Temple in Beijing.
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Sunset seen from the Nanjing Railway Station.

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An alleyway restaurant in Nanjing’s Gulou District.
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Boats pass along the Qinhuai River at Nanjing’s Fuzi Miao, AKA Confucian Temple.
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A flower crown placed delicately around a stone railing in Nanjing’s Xuanwu Lake area.
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Bulk grain being sold at a market in Nanjing.
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A foreigner passes through a round doorway at Nanjing’s Folklore Museum.
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Decorative stone stairway at Nanjing’s Xuanwu Lake.
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A (mildly) chaotic intersection in Nanjing.
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View of Nanjing city buildings and Xuanwu Lake from the ancient city wall.
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A typical crowd at the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Leave a comment below if you’ve been to China or are headed there soon! I wanna know what part of the country you’ve seen/are about to see 🙂

Talk to you soon!

 

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