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Beauty through the eyes of foreign lenses

2013-08-23 14:14:36

(China Daily) By Wen Jiao


Folk artists perform at Guanzhong Folk Art Museum in Shaanxi province. Emlyn Hope B. Rillon / For China Daily

Women dressed in their holiday best welcome visitors in Minqin county, Gansu province. Berto Basilissa Wedhatama / For China Daily

An artist works on a clay figurine at Clay Figure Zhang Museum in Tianjin. Mitchell Masilun / For China Daily

Eleven cameramen from 10 member states of Asia News Network gathered recently in China to get a glimpse of different parts of the country through their lenses. They attended a trip titled 'Beautiful China - Asian Photographers Focusing on China', organized by China Daily. Wen Jiao reports.

The event kicks off in Minqin county, Northwest China's Gansu province. Surviving as an oasis on the Gobi Desert, Minqin is the home of Hongyashan Reservoir, one of Asia's biggest reservoirs in the desert. To counter sand storms, local people have planted a large area of sunflowers that can grow in the infertile land. For many of the photographers who have never been to a desert before, it was a new and touching experience.

Berto Basilissa Wedhatama from Jakarta Post, Indonesia says: "It's really hard for me to find the words to describe the natural extravaganza of the sunflowers in the desert and local people's campaign in anti-desertification. Or just one word, incredible!"

In Xi'an, the capital city of Shaanxi province that enjoys a glorious and long history, foreigner journalists experience the beauty of colorful Chinese culture. The Bell and Drum Towers, old walls, Dayan (Wild Goose) Pagoda, Hui (Chinese Muslim) street and Terracotta Warriors make up a vivid picture of this ancient capital of 13 dynasties.

The Song of Everlasting Sorrow, an opera sharing the same title as a poem written by Tang Dynasty's (AD 618-907) famous poet Bai Juyi, wins their acclaim for its perfect combination of sound and light.

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