China: A Photographic Journey through the Middle Kingdom by Guang GuoChina: A Photographic Journey through the Middle Kingdom by Guang Guo

China: A Photographic Journey through the Middle Kingdom

EditorGuang GuoPhotographed byMing Tan

Hardcover | August 24, 2010

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A spectacular photographic tour of China's natural scenery and architectural landmarks, now available in a charming miniature edition.

This attractive little volume takes us on a visual journey through the greatest splendors of China’s varied geography and the chief monuments of its 5,000-year-old civilization. Its 243 color photographs, which include 12 panoramic gatefolds, show us the country’s most famous landmarks#151;like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall#151;as we have never seen them before, and and introduce us to less familiar but just as fascinating sights, like the the multicolored travertine lakes of Huanglong Valley and the beautiful calligraphic inscriptions on the rugged rocks of Mount Taishan. Extended captions at the back of the book provide a concise introduction to the history and significance of each of the forty-four locales depicted, twenty-eight of which have been designated as World Heritage sites by UNESCO.
Guang Guois general manager of CYPI Press, a leading Chinese publisher.Ming Tanis a noted Chinese photographer.
Title:China: A Photographic Journey through the Middle KingdomFormat:HardcoverDimensions:244 pages, 5 × 7.38 × 0.98 inPublished:August 24, 2010Publisher:Abbeville Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0789210800

ISBN - 13:9780789210807

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Excerpt from: ChinaForewordWhat is China really like? It all depends on how you look at it. On the one hand, China is very ancient; its great river of civilization has been flowing freely for several thousand years. On the other hand, China is very young; its cities, towns, and villages brim with youthful energy amidst all the pressures of life. China looks majestic; its sublime natural landscapes are filled with tll mountains, wide rivers, and deep valleys. And China also looks lovely; its elegant gardens and picturesque rural views speak volumes about the Chinese people's desire for an idyllic life. This country, so vast and so full of contradictions, bears witness to the all-encompassing quality of Chinese culture and its ideal of "Universal Harmony."The ancestors of the Chinese people left behind a wealth of gifts. The grand and glorious Yungang Grottoes show how Buddhist art, which was executed in the Indian and Persian styles when it was first introduced to China, was gradually accepted and assimilated into Chinese culture. The Forbidden City derives its unique splendor less from its individual buildings than from the grandeur and harmony of its entire architectural ensemble, which is meticulously laid out in accordance with functional and symbolic principles. The Temple, Cemetery, and Family Residence of Confucius, which make up a huge architectural complex as impressive as the Forbidden City, echo the spirit of hierarchy and balance inherent in the Confucian "Doctrine of the Mean." Mysterious, magnificent, or beautiful as they are, these monuments are all miracles of the human spirit. They embody the fundamental elements of Chinese tradition, which emphasizes unity and harmony, an ethical balance, and a welcoming heart that embraces all, as the sea accepts all rivers.Some other sights in China are wonderful examples of the harmonious coexistence of man and nature: the Yuanyang terraced fields, the result of a handshake between the poer of the Earth and the sttrength of man; Xidi and Hongcun, part of a string of small towns, villages, and hamlets created by the touch of human fingers as they brushed along the corners of the countryside; or the classical gardens of Suzhou, "man-made mountains and forests within the city wall." The color and beauty that have been added to the already gorgeous natural landscape by the activity of man are a graphic illustration of the dynamic energy of Chinese culture.Mother Nature has specifically favored the Middle Kingdom, whose vast territory encompasses a great diversity of landscapes and numerous breathtaking natural wonders. In China you can see the dreamlike cloudscapes of Mount Huangshan, hear the thundering of the Three Parallel Rivers, breathe the fresh air in Huanglong and Jiuzhaigou valleys, and even feel the winds whistling past the summit of Mount Everest.This book illustrates forty-four of China's greatest cultural attractions and natural landscapes, including twenty-eight World Heritage Sites. We hope that while leafing through these pages, you will appreciate not only the power of Chinese culture, history, and tradition, but also the rich legacy created by Nature and left to all of us by the Chinese ancestors. Take your time, tour the sites, and experience the wonders that belong not just to China, but to the whole world.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents from:China

Imperial Palace
Great Wall of China
Temple of Heaven
Summer Palace
Chengde Mountain Resort
Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
Imperial Tombs of Ming and Qing Dynasty
Mount Taishan Temple, Cemetery, and Family Mansion of Confucius
Mount Lushan
Mount Wudang
Mount Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha
Mount Huangshan
Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Dunhuang Mogao Caves
Dazu Rock Carvings
Longmen Grottoes
Yungang Grottoes
Villages of Xidi and Hongcun
Old Town of Lijiang
Classic Gardens of Suzhou
Lijiang River
Mount Wuyi
Huanglong Valley
Jiuzhaigou Valley
Yuangyang Terraced Fields
Historic City of Pingyao
Fujian Tulou
Mount Everest
Potala Palace
Three Parallel Rivers
Tianchi Lake of Mount Changbai
Chinas Cities

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the deluxe edition of China:"The ultimate China lover's Christmas present. This is not just any book. The images…are breathtaking—artistic, unseen shots of both iconic and obscure destinations." — Condé Nast Traveler"These truly beautiful images…present the best sights of one of the world's most amazing countries. Travelers, nature gazers, and dreamers will love this book." — Library Journal"China features…beautifully-crafted full-color images that are certain to take your breath away. It takes a book of this magnitude to even attempt to capture the natural and cultural wonders of this land." — Shutterbug Magazine"A new, epic photo book that is to most coffee-table volumes what the Great Wall is to your backyard fence…The photography is top-notch." — L.A. Times[A] beautiful collection…captures the essence of China's landscapes and attractions." —