Photo by @simonnorfolkstudio | Paradise Island Waterpark sits inside the biggest building in the world (by floor space), the New Century Global Center in south Chengdu. The building is is enormous. With almost 18 million square feet (1.7million square meters), it is roughly 20 times the size of Sydney’s Opera House, three times the size of the Pentagon, and four times the size of the Vatican City. In fact, it is almost the same area as the entire country of Monaco. Follow me @simonnorfolkstudiofor updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material on this and future projects. #documentaryphotography #simonnorfolk #chengdu #China #architecture
Photo by @amivitale | Happy National Panda Day! Ying Hua sleeps beside her baby at the Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China. Pandas, I learned from multiple trips to China and countless hours spent in their presence, are far more complex than their image suggests, and they offer powerful lessons as species across the globe are threatened by habitat loss, poaching, and climate change.
Pandas also own a success story that, while tentative, is all too rare. In 1990 the global wild panda population was approximately 1,100 individuals, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature placed them on the endangered species list. Thanks to massive Chinese and international efforts, though, the bears rebounded, and in 2016 their status was upgraded to vulnerable. I recently published my book, Panda Love, featuring my long-term work on these adorable ambassadors made on assignment for @NatGeo. Learn more about conservation successes at @amivitale. #china #pandamonium #pandas
Photo by @amivitale | A giant panda cub wakes up from nap time in the incubator room at the Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center in Sichuan Province, China. At birth, pandas are blind and weigh only a few ounces, but in six months they can grow to 88 pounds.
After years of research, scientists have learned how to successfully breed pandas in captivity. With an adult population estimated at more than 1,864 wild pandas and 500 captive pandas, they have been upgraded from endangered to threatened. In a region where bad environmental news is common, China is on its way to successfully saving its most famous ambassador.
I recently published my book, Panda Love, featuring my long-term work on these adorable ambassadors made on assignment for @NatGeo. Learn more about this and other conservation successes at @amivitale. #china #pandamonium #pandas #giantpanda #conservation
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | China’s Grand Canal: The world’s oldest and longest man-made waterway, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Barges have long plied the 1,100-mile canal between Beijing and Hangzhou, its glittering southern terminus. Bankside revitalization includes replicas of ancient temples. #grandcanal #Hangzhou #China
Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | Very sad news out of China with the announcement that the last known female Yangtze giant softshell turtle has died. Now there are just three known to exist: a captive male at a zoo in China and possibly two in the wild in Vietnam. A captive-breeding program had been tried over the years, but the female was 90 years old and yielded infertile eggs. While the future of this species is dire, there are critical lessons to be learned.
First, all species need protected and healthy habitat so that they don’t drop to such low numbers. Relying on the Hail Mary pass of breeding the very last ones is often too late. Second, let’s use this moment to reflect and become even more inspired to save biodiversity in all its forms. There’s still an amazing world out there that needs our undivided attention, and right this minute. Let’s get to work. Learn more at the Turtle Survival Alliance (@turtlesurvival) and the Turtle Conservancy (@turtleconservancy). Both are working hard to save turtles and tortoises, now considered the rarest groups of vertebrates on Earth. #turtle #softshell #softshellturtle #giantturtle #china
Photo by Fritz Hoffmann @FritzPhotos | On my first trip to Xinjiang, China, in 1996, I shared a breakfast table with this Uighur child who mimicked me with my camera. Today I’m thinking about the Uighur people being held in re-education camps in Xinjiang. Sad to think that another rich culture is being lost. This week on my feed @FritzPhotos I’ll be posting pictures from trips I’ve made to Xinjiang through the years. #fritzhoffmann #thesunshinedays #oldhundrednames #老百姓 #china
Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Lodge with a view: The local farming community of Tibetans, Lisu, and Naxi minorities have been working this valley for centuries, thanks to its mild climate and fertile soil. It doesn’t get any better than waking to a sunrise like this. #Tacheng #Yunnan #China #terracedfields
Photo by Joel Sartore @joelsartore | A family of endangered François langurs @theomahazoo. Found in southern China and northeastern Vietnam, these monkeys are good jumpers, with a long tail for balance, and long, hairless fingers for gripping. When they’re born, infants are bright orange for the first three or four months, allowing them to be highly visible in the thick forest to the multiple females that care for the newborn, a process known as allomothering. To see another shot of this species follow me @joelsartore. #endangeredspecies #primate #china #vietnam #photoark
Photo by Fritz Hoffmann @fritzphotos | To bring the family cow to the weekly market on the Nu River, Nan Boyi must cross the river by cable to Chenggan Village in Yunnan, China. For many people living on the Nu, cable crossings like this are the only way to reach the other side. When I was assigned this story, I knew I’d have to get a picture of a cable crossing, but I saved that shot for last, until I traveled the river and studied the crossing locations and found those closest to markets. The first vantage point I chose for photographing the crossings caused a traffic jam for villagers making the return trip. (You can see my first attempt on my feed @fritzphotos.) After spending two hours photographing people pulling themselves across, I had a picture but was unsatisfied. Still, I packed up to leave. Before I got in the car, one last time I scanned the high ridge on the opposite side of the river for anyone that might be approaching. Far above the river I could see a few figures descending the steep trail. A cow was with them. I knew I’d have a picture worth publishing if they crossed with a cow. When they arrived at the cable, Nan Boyi crossed first. Then family members harnessed the cow to the pulley and gave it a strong push. The cow came to a stop halfway on the cable and dangled there above the rushing waters. Nan Boyi zipped back on the cable to mid-river. He wrapped his feet around the pulley and, hand over hand, pulled the cow with him to the other side. I was happy. It was the last picture of my story coverage. To see more pictures from «Searching for Shangri-La» and China, visit my feed @fritzphotos. #nuriver #nujiang #crazycrossing #china #ruralchina