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EsslingerBrian Takes Us on a Photo Tour of China

EsslingerBrian Takes Us on a Photo Tour of China Photo

Photo by EsslingerBrian

Posted on August 10, 2009 in Photos

Leave it to the winner of the 2008 U GO! Shot of Urban photography award to artfully capture the contradictions and cultures of China’s largest cities. EsslingerBrian just shared more than 530 photos from Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian, and while you should see the slideshow, we wanted to show off some of our favorite shots.

The Forbidden City, Beijing

"The Egg," Beijing’s new opera house

Haibo, the Expo 2010 mascot, in Shanghai’s Old Town

Ship on Shanghai’s Huangpu River

Nanjing Road, Shanghai

Pudong, Shanghai

A terra-cotta warrior in Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum, Xian

The terra-cotta army in Xian

Rows of terra-cotta warriors, Xian

The terra-cotta army, Xian

Yao Yao ice cream, near Xian International University (Make ours a triple!)

Worshipers light candles outside the Dayan Ta (Wild Goose Pagoda) in Xian

Statue near the Xiaoyan Ta (Little Goose Pagoda), Xian

Xiaoyan Ta (Little Goose Pagoda), Xian

Rooftop figures at the Great Mosque of Xian

Don’t miss EsslingerBrian’s other photos; he overcame rain and fog to capture some of China’s greatest monuments. A bonus: his photo gallery includes outtakes like ready-to-eat pig snouts (“yum,” as he says) and too many great lost-in-translation moments to name.

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