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In August of 2006, I was invited on a 2 week tour of China by The Chinese Photographers Association (CPA). I joined 7 other international photographers from USA, France, Taiwan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, to photograph the people, traditions and tourist opportunities in Beihai in the Guangxi Province and Duyun in the Guizhou Province.
The group met in Beihai, which is situated on the southern coast of China, and is known as a starting port of the ancient Marine Silk Route. Baihai is also the hometown of the South Pearl.
Beihai is an ancient city, where over 2,000 years ago, huge fleets started from there to cross the Northern Gulf, the Strait of Malacca and the Mediterranean Sea and to travel to Europe and Africa.There were wonderful photographic opportunities of relics of consulates from western countries and old streets, with their aged and timeworn appearance and the associated street life of the people.
Our group was taken to the Silver Beach (which is regarded as one of the best beaches in China), to the port area, colorful fishing villages and to the old streets in the city.
I concentrated my photography on the people of Beihai and I made and presented an audio visual program called “The Smiling Faces of Beihai” with Chinese music and titles on the final day, which was well received by the local audience. Other photographers also showed programs brought from their home countries.
Duyun is situated in the mountains of Yun-Gui Plateau, where the majority of the people are Miao nationality. The city is considered a top tourist city of China and is the capital of Qiannan Buyis and Miaos Autonomous Prefecture and the central city of economy, science, technology, culture, tourism and communications of South Guizhou. In Dyun, there are 34 ethnic groups such as Buyis, Hans, Miao, Shuis etc. and the population is around 480,000 of which almost 70% are minority nationalities.
We also attended the huge 3rd Duyun International Photography Exhibition and prize giving ceremony.
I also gave an audio visual presentation to a local audience using some of the images that I made in Duyun which was appreciated by the local audience. Again we much appreciated the hospitality of the organizing committee that hosted our group.
Copyright Bruce Burgess Photography 2007