China: Then and now

The China of yesterday and the rising superpower of today. [30 photos total]

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1
Women wearing sunglasses pose for a group photo at a park in Beijing in 1980. #
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Teenagers dressed in cosplay costumes wait to perform at the China Digital Entertainment Carnival in Hefei. #
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Buses and electrical trolley buses mingle with bicycles and pedestrians at a crossroad near Chongwenmen in Beijing in 1984. #
4
Vehicles on Three Ring Road (left) and Jianwai Street (right) during the evening rush hour in central Beijing. #
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A child sitting on a roadside snooker pool plays with her mother in Beijing in 1983. #
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Children play in water fountains next to the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. #
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People offer sewing services at an open market in Quanzhou, Fujian province, in 1982. #
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A production line of a garment factory in Huaibei, Anhui province . #
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Drivers talk on a steam locomotive at the Yongdingmen railway station in Beijing in 1981. #
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A female construction worker watches a train pass on the new high-speed railway line between Shanghai and Hangzhou on the outskirts of Shanghai. #
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A general view shows Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour in 1865. #
12
A general view of the Hong Kong skyline. #
13
People perform Arhat exercise, a form of traditional Chinese fitness, at a park in Beijing in 1988. #
14
Locals dance during a morning exercise session at the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing. #
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Black-and-white TV sets are displayed at a department store in Xidan, one of the three traditional shopping streets, in Beijing in 1981. #
16
Customers at an internet cafe in Hefei, Anhui province. #
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Residents hold tape recorders to record folk songs during a singing contest in Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region in 1988. #
18
A man sings in a local karaoke club during a night out in Shanghai. #
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Villagers attend a rally in Longxian County, Shaanxi province in 1990. #
20
Attendants serve tea to delegates during the opening session of China's parliament, the National People's Congress, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. #
21
A worker repairs a pillar in front of a statue of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong in Yingkou, Liaoning province in 1994. #
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A spectator waves a Chinese flag in front of a statue of Chairman Mao Zedong in Kashgar, Xinjiang province. #
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Chinese prisoners return to their compounds at Jiangbei Prison in the central province of Hubei after working in the fields and collecting cotton branches for firewood in 1998. #
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A Chinese national flag flies above male inmates as they watch a performance to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at Kunming Municipal Compulsory Rehabilitation Centre in Yunnan province. #
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People push their bicycles across a railway track during rush hour in Shanghai in 1991. #
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Passengers crowd into a train inside a station of the Subway Line Number 1 in Beijing. #
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A boy and his father display their soccer skills on a roadside in Beijing in 1981. #
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Shaolin students play soccer at Tagou Wushu School in Zhengzhou, Henan province. #
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Locals walk past a barbershop in the Sanlitun area of Beijing in 1982. #
30
Shop owner Gong Chui Zhen fixes trousers at the entrance to her shop in an old quarter of Shanghai. #

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