The past prosperity of Shanxi lies in Pingyao while the soul of Pingyao lies in its Old City. There is no charming landscape. No green mountain or clear waters. What's unique here is this well-preserved ancient city with its grand, solemn city wall, its residences and shops, and even the government office all in the style of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911). In 1997, when it was declared a World Cultural Heritage site for its Old City, Pingyao gradually opened up to the outside world and more and more people have come to have a look at this old city representing the prosperous past of Shanxi during the Ming and Qing eras.
Surrounded by the turtle-like ancient City Wall, Pingyao Old City is like a huge historical museum. Every street or building here has numerous stories to tell about the past one-thousand years. In the center of the Old City, the nearly 200 years old Rishengchang Exchange Shop is the first 'bank' in Chinese history and is known as the 'Father of the Bank in China'. It tells of the prosperity of the Jin Businessmen in Chinese history. The well-preserved County Government Office on Zhengfu Street (also Yamen Street) shows a complete picture of the solemn law court and prison of the Qing Dynasty while in Chenghuangmiao Street, the Temple of the City God and the Confucius Temple reveal a glimpse of local folk life. Along Ancient Ming-Qing Street, the old buildings in antique architecture styles may bring you back to the old China of that time.
Before I posted one more photo of Pingyao focusing first of all on the city walls. This picture shows the Old Town inside the walls with its inhabitants busy with their every day activities. It is strange experience seeing people dressed in modern way, driving bikes and small electric cars, yet still living in the same houses as their ancestors. The contrast of the past and present is quite striking.
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Sergiom (62096) 2014-04-24 5:05
Une rare et belle incursion à l'intérieur des murs. Un superbe point de vue sur la magnifique porte. Une belle scène animée et colorée.
photographer_sg (4408) 2014-04-24 5:07
This is a superb shot with excellent framing and dof -and with a fantastic pov as well which depicts the charming street scene in beautiful details. The gateway in the fg with the bright red cycle-man is perfectly positioned. The subtle colours of the buildings and the rooftops are very pleasant to view.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening.
Romano46 (18466) 2014-04-24 5:27
le tue foto sono caratterizzate sempre da una nitidezza straordinaria ed hanno il pregio anche di avere dei colori molto fedeli e quindi rappresentano una testimonianza importante di quello che ritrai.
Altro tuop pregio è il sapere sempre fare delle composizioni belle ed originali che valorizzano il soggetto e ne danno una ampia visione.
Complimenti anche per questa di oggi che si fa apprezzare per tutti i motivi che ho appena elencati.
Ciao e buona giornata
snunney (85749) 2014-04-24 5:31
This is a most attractive and atmospheric composition. The point of view is excellent with the old gate making a splendid focal point and the road stretching into the distance creating depth. I like the light and colours very much indeed. Thanks for sharing.
Giustiniani (3378) 2014-04-24 6:02
une invitation au voyage avec ces superbes portes témoignage du passé d'une Chine glorieuse et prospère. J'apprécie particulièrement les tons poudrés de la photo ponctuée de touches vives.
yquem46 (38746) 2014-04-24 6:06
A nice daily life shot, so far away from our usual occidental way of life and architecture standards
good mood afforded by the mist and the general grayness with spots of colors here and there
Bravo, have a nice day
ourania (32867) 2014-04-24 7:03
your picture showing the city walls is one of my favourites in your series and I like very much this one too. You are offering us a strong and very attractive perspective through the antique city, the gate provides a solid and intriguing foreground and a great introduction to this fascinating place. I like the mysterious atmosphere created by the mist, the charm of the harmonious colours is such that the modern clothes and vehicles don't unsettle the character and atmosphere of this most intriguing area. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
Nicou (124295) 2014-04-24 7:09
quelle image et vue plongeante sueprbe quelle porte d’entrée de ce site sueprbe et ce jeu de toit et la brume quelle ambiance et vue.
Bravo et amitié
adramad (38918) 2014-04-24 7:35
Wonderful composition, is one of the images that I have seen on China and that best reproduces the atmosphere and architectural style of this ancient culture.
Superb perspective and ideal street we see the nice door in the foreground, great harmony across the rooftops that we see in this impeccable work.
A splendid colorful in this beautiful image.
Very good management of the brightness and sharpness.
Very well done. I love it.
To enjoy a good evening.
All the best, my friend.
ikeharel (58941) 2014-04-24 8:14
The big gate across the padestrian-road has an impressive appearence on the whole image, Kamila.
Yet, looking at details people gave a fine vivid tones, contrast to the fogy environment above the roof-tops, which by itself a magnificent same-strucxtures built.
Intriguing sights, unusual for western eyes, that's made it so special.
SnapRJW (31613) 2014-04-24 8:29
What a fine shot Kamila and so lovely to see the traditional houses with their swooping roofs. There is such a lot of interesting detail here from the road sweeper on her bike to the pavement restaurant and scattering of people. Of note the dull misty distance adds mood. I wonder if it is pollution or climatic conditions? Whichever it adds a lot to the shot.
Silvio1953 (124729) 2014-04-24 9:42
Ciao Kamila, great POV on fantastic architecture, lovely composition with fascinating atmosphere, excellent perspective, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
cornejo (32780) 2014-04-24 9:50
Hi Kamila, very good view of this interesting place, very well composed and captured this great picture. An interesting image of an interesting place with good sharpness, depth and quality. Nice good job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Tigerlily (3107) 2014-04-24 11:08
Wonderfully captured image. Beautiful indeed, love the roof... Unfortunately, I haven't been there...Thanks for sharing.
Cricri (108095) 2014-04-24 11:22
Un POV super bien choisi, montrant beaucoup de détails, la belle architecture, la profondeur avec le petit côté mystérieux qu'ajoute la brume, belle présentation
siudzi (34047) 2014-04-24 12:14
Fantastycznie uchwycilas te scenę -- detale, swiatlo, nastrój są znakomicie zrealizowane. Perfekcyjnie wybrałas punkt widzenia, aby jak najlepiej zaprezentować nam te wyjątkowa architekturę. Brawo! Super praca!
dta (68152) 2014-04-24 12:23
Hello Kamila ,
Happy to see that some ancient quaters are preserved in China . The architecture is os beautiful . I like a lot the atmosphere created by the poor light . And the little touches of vivid colors (clothes) in the more uniform tonalities , too .
dip (23640) 2014-04-24 13:41
very nice capture of daily life scene,amazing architectural details,
very good point of view as well!
thanks for sharing,
carlo62 (34572) 2014-04-24 16:29
splendido scenario, inconsueto e ricco di dettagli.
Lo sguardo continua a posarsi sulle tante cose presenti nella tua composizione.
Continui a proporci delle bellissime cose di questo paese poco conosciuto ai molti.
COSTANTINO (56837) 2014-04-24 22:23
Hello my dear friend
in my opinion a visit in this place must be a great
exprience because it is a different world
with interesting traditions and civilazation
it is a superb shot with an excellent framing
the point of view is really great wth the
gate great composition
have a nice time
adidas5nb (5413) 2014-04-24 22:45
this shot fulfills the chinese perception perfectly.love the great pov and the colors.specially like the rickshaw right in the gate.
jjcordier (77026) 2014-04-24 23:10
Magnifique photo de cette ville chinoise. Le POV est excellent, l'harmonie des tons et la gestion de la lumière superbes. Une image très esthétique et très intéressante.
jurek1951 (42160) 2014-04-24 23:33
lubie takie ciekawostki architektury z dalekiego wschodu,super ostrosc na pierwszym planie,ladne naturalne kolory,pozdrawiam
danos (87937) 2014-04-24 23:40
a very interesting scene from above of this section of the city walls,of the old town.I like the panoramic view of the entrance of the town,with the arch on the foreground to dominating the image as enhanced even more from the foggy atmosphere.Well done.
jhm (140689) 2014-04-25 5:15
Thank you very much for your interesting text.
The roofs in foreground are very well taken and good position.
Excellent perspective and depth.
But your picture is wonderful, pleasant to look at.
Composition and presentation be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-25 5:27
a well chosen POV this, we get a real sense of the setting and beautifully graceful curves of the roofs in this shot. Lots of character and stunning detail to absorb too. Sublime!
Have a good weekend - B.
Fis2 (86837) 2014-04-25 6:15
Piekna brama i charakterystyczne chinskie niebo.
Ciekawe spojrzenie, dobry kadr i kolorystyka, ktora robi klimat tego miejsca.
papagolf21 (86998) 2014-04-25 6:45
Bonjour, chère Kamila,
Outre l'intérêt du sujet, la prise de vue est toujours d'une qualité remarquable. Il y a une recherche du beau et de mettre en avant la vie quotidienne telle qu'elle se présente.
Très belle réalisation.
rychem (24654) 2014-04-25 8:43
Rzeczywiście, Chiny jak z książki krajoznawczej, takie wyobrażenie funkcjonuje chyba wszędzie, świetnie to złapałaś, doskonałe zdjęcie z niesamowitą głębią ostrości. A notka bardzo ciekawa
holmertz (42319) 2014-04-25 10:05
In the street we see that this is an ordinary modern city, but I imagine not very much would be needed to use this area for shooting a movie set in ancient times. It's fascinating that a place like this could have been so well preserved. We can only be grateful that no overambitous city planners didn't pull all this down decades ago. This is a very carefully composed photo with lots of interesting human activities in the street and a wonderful yellowish haze in the distance.
Noel_Byrne (25314) 2014-04-25 11:40
Indeed a rath striking contrast, bar the vehicles and dress, this scene could be from any time over a thousand years. I love how you have positioned the gateway as a strong entrance to the scene and city, then laid out beyond that the whole urban view taken perfectly from this high angle. Really cool shot and view.
All the best
photoray (12699) 2014-04-25 14:39
Interesting subdued lighting scene from above revealing ancient architecture with the temple like gate dominating. Worthy protection of historical monuments enhances the value to the ongoing livelihood.
Nicely composed and created,
npecanhuk (66914) 2014-04-25 19:38
Wonderful place and picture!
Sharpness, exposure (beautiful soft light), colors (attractive soft colors), horizontal format, black & white borders, contrasts, chosen (high) pov and composition are all excellent photo qualities that I truly enjoyed!
TFS - congrats,
pajaran (53022) 2014-04-26 3:59
Interesantan i dobar tekst o starom gradu, sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perpektiva, lepo pokazana arhitektura i trenutak sa posetiocima, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak, lepa arhitektura.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Interesting and good article about the old town, with a history and description of ...
Nice view and a second ...
Good time recording, contrast and Perspectives, beautiful architecture and shown the moment with the visitors, beautiful colors.
Good work and composition, well captured moment, beautiful architecture.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
mohammad_H (9532) 2014-04-26 7:40
look at the picture, I thought, that if the , not car
We could go back two hundred years ago.
See the sights of the old buildings, I enjoy
Beautiful view with fog
Good evening and good luck
ricardomattos (4661) 2014-04-26 18:37
Looks like a movie scene. The old architecture, colors and POV gave immense value to this photo. I liked it a lot!
fabbs99 (16747) 2014-04-26 22:57
This is truly an exclusive place,old legacy continues here in full grandeur.Excellent pov and superb presentation.TFS.
abmdsudi (44328) 2014-04-26 23:41
A breath taking scene of old China! Lovely low light, colours and tones and I find the composition is inspiring taken from such good vantage point while registering lots of interesting features below stretching the eyes all the way to the horizon. I am really drawn to some lively vivid colors on the floor and the beautiful gate both strengthening the shot with great impact. While the light is difficult, you did a good job, and having people's participation is always vital as shown. Real cool stuff, Congrats
SWEETFREEDOM (22900) 2014-04-27 0:28
characteristic architecture. i like the high p.o.v. and sharpness.
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-04-27 6:59
Splendid Pov, up high over this street, it looks odd a bit with the daily life scene the road sweeper on his bike and the cars and table and chairs.
Wonderful architecture .Tfs.
corjan3 (2095) 2014-04-27 7:56
Excellent POV and in very good quality. The bright colours contrast very well with the more drab hues of the buildings. A very interesting note too. Well done.
Graal (98351) 2014-04-27 12:11
kolejne fajne zdjecie z Chin. Dobry wysoki POV mialas. Oprocz architektury podoba mi sie klimat zdjecia z ta mgielka w tle. Ladna prezentacja.
williewhistler (14697) 2014-04-27 12:56
you have taken a fine view point from which to capture this fascinating scene,the contrasting architectural designs combined with the match stick type figures make an interesting and informative photograph.
The subdued colours and very clear details are delightful.
Kind regards Les.
claudeD (33662) 2014-04-28 2:34
wonderful view from China with an excellent composition and much atmosphere. Excellent light managment and sharpness.I like the view very much.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
nikkitta (14992) 2014-04-28 15:55
Quite stunning scene and composition with great sharpness and informative note
Very well chosen place to shot the capture, presenting the eye catching archway with the vendor arriving
Like also all the red scatered dots that add color as well as the general panoramic view of the roofs
Congrats, really enjoy, watching and comenting
gildasjan (41702) 2014-04-29 9:53
Le point de vue est le bon et sous cette atmosphère voilée les couleurs couleurs chuades sont parfaitement mises en valeur.
federico (2716) 2014-04-30 5:51
hello Kamila, very beautyfull photo from a good POV, you show us the classic chinese architecture with the daily life going on below a grey sky
macjake (57490) 2014-04-30 7:14
thats strange, I could have sworn I already critiqued this photo...must be loosing my mind!
for some reason this scene looks like it took place decades ago, it just has that feel and look to it.
I also really enjoy the misty type of atmosphere in the sky, it adds alot to the enjoyment and uniqueness.
but the best part is the pov, its a view and angle that we don't see too often.
lovely architecture, its a beauty
mesutilgim (86134) 2014-05-01 5:02
Another nice capture from China with perfect pov and compo.
Nice framing and many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
lousat (78503) 2014-05-01 8:52
Hi Kamila,magnificent choice of point of view from the top to show us the best of this beautiful corner despite the difficult light,very bright detail and colors in a spectacular and unique scenery too,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Gigidusud (16585) 2014-05-01 10:35
Fantastic picture with a nice contrast colors, great details and an excellent POV. A real painting, I love it!
Royaldevon (30793) 2014-05-01 11:12
I found your notes fascinating. This is a place that I would very much like to see. I really get the impression that it is like experiencing a living museum.
Your photograph supplies lots of valuable, interesting details. The street, under the iconic, roofed archway makes a natural lead, where we can see the modern anomalies that you describe in your notes.
The light levels are low (possibly due to pollution) but, despite that, your photograph has great clarity.
My warm regards,
mkamionka (30921) 2014-05-02 6:27
swietna perspektywa. Brama jest oczywiscie glowna atrakcja ale bardzo efektowna jest rowniez mglisty mistyczna atmosfera. Ciekawy bylem wlasnie czy sa w Chinach takie stare miasta ktore ciagnelyby sie na pewnej przestrzeni -tutaj wlasnie uzyskalem odpowiedz bo wudac ze dachy w tradycyjnym stylu ciagna sie dalej po horyzont. Uroku dodaja tutaj tez ludzie -scenki z zycia codziennego.
annjackman (20137) 2014-05-04 0:00
This is very atmospheric with the hazy BG. The greyness is beautifully interrupted by the bright colours of the decorations, people and the vehicles. Catching the man in orange as he passed through the gateway was excellent.
A very well crafted image.
Kind Regards, Ann
serp2000 (40654) 2014-05-04 9:46
Ni hao, Kamila,
this part of China looks very exotic for me. Very interesting traditional gates, fine details. Excellent composition as a result of clever point of view. I also like this interesting and informative note. TFS!
clic (15310) 2014-05-05 15:53
Geia sou Kamila
You captured with much finery and an outstanding overview the spirit of China in this car-free street.
Low light and a foggy touch enhance the urge to land down there to better enjoy the exotism!
jcpix (13708) 2014-05-05 18:58
Sure, you may not have the charming streets or lush landscape mentioned, but this is just as attractive and appealing under the urban umbrella. What a super position for this shot, allowing for a great deal of depth and a fun collection of rooftops...I really like the plethora of shapes within this framework. Perhaps the light wasn't in your favor, but it helps avoid too heavy of contrast. A really great view that works right along side your notes. Glad I finally made it to this party. :) Enjoy the new day. All the best.
jemaflor (86110) 2014-05-06 11:09
Good pov on these roofs, good sharpness the weather was foggy, good effect with all these colors, tfs.
imageme (1790) 2014-05-07 15:37
Hi Kamila, What a beautiful composition scenery of this ancient city. Super framing with all these tiled rooftops. The gate in the FG is eye catching. Wonderful depth and great clarity. The people are giving life to the composition. The design and the carvings of the structure are awesome. Thank for sharing
Didi (57494) 2014-05-09 3:56
Very good dominant point of view
I note a very good lights control and a nice sharp picture
tatadalou (6493) 2014-05-10 1:58
I love the light upon this old city, it's so sweet. Excellent framing, both old doors are nicely placed in your picture. Thanks a lot for your instructive note.
kwekwekan (1078) 2014-05-10 14:17
A great atmospheric photo with a nice serene mood. I like your composition very much with your strong diagonal line leading the eye into the depths of the city. You have presented the striking architecture well with good sharpness and exposure. Thanks for the interesting note.
jmdias (56655) 2014-05-19 7:09
nice this high angle that let us to see each detail of this beautiful town. the framing with the gates and even personages are very beautiful. interesting how there is ever a smoky mood in the compos from this country.
eldancer1 (29055) 2014-05-28 6:25
Your high pov gives us viewers a very much better perspective of this Old City. Now I know where architects outside China tries to replicate the famous gate, it is beautifully design. Too bad about the smog but it is not enough to dampen the beauty of this ancient city. Well done, tfs.
- Copyright: Kamila Zadora (Kamilutka) (8095)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-11-22
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/40 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): China [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-24 4:51