A Little Photo Essay… 15 Favorites from Rural China
Last updated on November 14, 2021
China was a country that challenged me as a traveler, there were food issues, language barriers and physical limitations because the country is huge. China is a seriously large country with lyrically pretty cityscapes and landscapes; from the wide multi-lane highways of impersonal Beijing to the sparkle of Shanghai, as is often the case, it’s the countryside that compelled me the most. Let’s take a photo-stroll through rural China, the China made up of weekly small-town markets and rural rice paddies rolling with flowing fields of rich yellow flowers and imposing karst rocks.
The pace of life in small rural towns slows down, it’s easier to look at the lines etched on the faces of each street vendor and fill in their life story. The toddler playing close to the the old woman selling vegetables is her grandson, pride and joy emanates from her patient eyes. The end of the day exhaustion haunts the eyes of the farm worker as he tends to his cows and plow. All of these stories are there, present in the rapid pace of the cities, but it’s easier to pass them by and miss the glimpses of a story in each mannerism.
I didn’t spend long in China, particularly not rural China, but the days spent on cycling through the towns and scootering across the bumpy roads around Yangshuo stand out in their stark simplicity.