China

by Guang Guo

Abbeville Publishing Group | November 7, 2013 | Boxed Set/Slip Case/Casebound

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The 238 breathtaking color photographs in this oversized volume take 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. These remarkable images show us the country’s most famous landmarks—like the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and the terra-cotta army of the First Qin Emperor—as we have never seen them before, and provide us with a spectacular introduction to less familiar but just as fascinating attractions, like the great tulous, or earthen houses, of Fujian Province; the terraced fields of Yuanyang County; and the multicolored travertine lakes of Huanglong Valley. 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.

This beautiful volume is not only a celebration of the natural and cultural wonders that have made China the most popular tourist destination in Asia and one of the four most popular in the world overall; it is also a collector’s item in its own right. With its oversize panoramic format, twelve gatefolds, and handsome slipcase, China is a testament to the bookbinder’s craft.

Format: Boxed Set/Slip Case/Casebound

Dimensions: 244 pages, 11.88 × 17.75 × 1.38 in

Published: November 7, 2013

Publisher: Abbeville Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0789210177

ISBN - 13: 9780789210173

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China

China

by Guang Guo

Format: Boxed Set/Slip Case/Casebound

Dimensions: 244 pages, 11.88 × 17.75 × 1.38 in

Published: November 7, 2013

Publisher: Abbeville Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0789210177

ISBN - 13: 9780789210173

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FOREWORDWhat is China really like? It all depends on how you look at it. On the one hand, China is very ancient, and unique among world cultures, its great river of civilization has been flowing, freely and continuously, for several thousand years. On the other hand, China is very young, with its cities, towns and villages brimming with youthful energy in the midst of all the pressures of life. China looks magnificent, a land of extreme natural beauty filled with mighty mountains, great rivers and deep valleys. And China looks lovely, with elegant gardens and rural views, which speak volumes about the Chinese people’s desire for an idyllic life. China-so vast and so full of contradictions, is an existence that bear witness to the all-encompassing Chinese culture and its ideal of “Universal Harmony”.The remote ancestors of the Chinese people left behind a wealth of gifts. The grand and glorious Yungang Grottoes evidence how Buddhist art, with distinctive Indian and Persian styles when first introduced into China, was gradually accepted and assimilated into the Chinese culture. The Temple, Cemetery, and Family Residence of Confucius, a huge architectural complex as impressive as the Royal Palace, echo the spirit of hierarchy and balance inherent in the Confucian “Doctrine of the Mean”. Amazingly splendid and majestic, the Forbidden City is known more for the grandeur and harmony of its whole architectural complex than the focus on individual buildings, featuring a clearly struc
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The 238 breathtaking color photographs in this oversized volume take 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. These remarkable images show us the country’s most famous landmarks—like the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and the terra-cotta army of the First Qin Emperor—as we have never seen them before, and provide us with a spectacular introduction to less familiar but just as fascinating attractions, like the great tulous, or earthen houses, of Fujian Province; the terraced fields of Yuanyang County; and the multicolored travertine lakes of Huanglong Valley. 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.

This beautiful volume is not only a celebration of the natural and cultural wonders that have made China the most popular tourist destination in Asia and one of the four most popular in the world overall; it is also a collector’s item in its own right. With its oversize panoramic format, twelve gatefolds, and handsome slipcase, China is a testament to the bookbinder’s craft.

About the Author

Guang Guo is general manager of CYPI Press, a leading Chinese publisher.

Ming Tan is a photographer based in China.