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thank you! Mata TelingaPRO 2 china.sixty4 11 years ago

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Pagodas, temples, great walls, ancient cities (forbidden and otherwise), gaudy Ming and Qing dynasty paintwork, bell towers, arched bridges, hutong courtyards. Traditional Chinese architecture has a blueprint all of it's own.

Times change though.

Since the Communists swept to power in 1949, the austere and utilitarian ethics of modernism and international socialism combined to give Chinese cities an altogether different flavour.

Think drab roughcast factory blocks, flat-roofed red-brick workers terraces, dusty metal window frames, crumbling concrete tenements, monlithic government offices, flaking paint and lots and lots of white tiles. To a certain extent, this trend still prevails today in much of China, though economic liberalisation and the influx of foreign capital to the bigger cities has lead to soaring skylines of glass and steel that match anywhere in the world.

What you should post here:
Any shot which clearly showcases architectural details, whole buildings and urban space, as long it was built in the years after 1949. Residential, commercial, muncipal and industrial - all OK. Even if the design is traditional, if it was originally built after 1949, it's welcome here. Good, bad, mediocre, gritty or glitzy, it's all part of the overall picture.

What you should not post here:
Cityscapes or street shots that have no clear architectural focus.
Colonial Architecture pre 1949 - e.g Shanghai French Concession, Harbin Russian district.
Rebuilt ancient structures: e.g the Great Wall - many sections might have been restored since the 1980s, but they were originally designed and planned long before 1949.
Please note, either in the tags or the photo description, where the shot was taken and any information about the building you know of.

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