Aw man, I’m hoping this isn’t true.
Guan Tianlang, 14, is set to become the youngest player ever to play at the Masters — he tees off today at 12:24 pm Georgia time. He’s from Guangzhou, China (represent!). Actually, he’s paired with Matteo Manassero, the former “youngest golfer at the Masters” when he was 16 years old in 2010.
Here’s his latest tweet with one of the first female members of the Augusta National Golf Club, Condoleezza Rice. This kid’s still in 8th grade. Man. This story begs the question: What were YOU doing when you were 14 years old?
Huang Qingjun has spent nearly a decade traveling to remote parts of China to persuade people who have sometimes never been photographed to carry outside all their household possessions and pose for him.
Huang says, “In lots of Chinese villages, the government has delivered roads and connected them with electricity. This has been a huge change. If you’ve a road, you can move about. If you’ve got electricity you can have TV, you get the news and ideas about what the outside world is thinking.
The biggest problems in rural areas now are how people can get better education for their children, and healthcare.”
Most families have already acquired a TV, a few have washing machines. The pedal-driven sewing machine which in their parents’ generation was every housewife’s dream – known as one of the “four big things” – is pushed to the back of a few pictures.
Four Big Things
- Phrase dating from 1950s for most sought-after goods for newly married couples: sewing machine, bicycle, watch, radio
- It’s since come to refer to whatever is most fashionable at the time
- By 1980s the four big things were: TV, washing machine, rice cooker, fridge
- Now consumer goods flood China’s cities, it tends to be used to describe people’s aspirations for the latest thing
Chinese spending habits
- The government has tried in recent years to boost consumer spending with discount vouchers on appliances, furniture and cars
- Many aspire to material goods, but a 2010 survey found they were more concerned with saving for education, healthcare and retirement
Next year marks the 10th anniversary of the first photograph, and Huang plans to mark it by returning to the places he visited – or those that are still recognizable – to see what has changed.
“In the last 10 years, China has seen such a fast rate of growth, I want to go back and see what the effects have been on their lives,” he says.
Photos: Huang Qingjun
I miss that place.
China plans to build the world’s tallest building in just 90 days. Once completed, the 220-story structure will surpass Burj Khalifa by 10 meters to become the tallest structure in the world. Here’s that same company erecting a 30-story hotel in 360 hours in December 2011.
Another familiar photo to remember another historical event that took place this month a few years back, but I never knew it was so wide. That’s a LOT of tanks!
Check out the video footage too! It looked like he was just passing through on his way back from a grocery store or something.
I’ve been meaning to document this here so I can find it easily in the future. Where do you go to buy photography equipment when you’re in China? Look no further than the Beijing photography city. If I remember correctly, it’s about 2 stories filled with a hundred different stores/booths.
I didn’t buy any big-ticket items, but I did pick up some accessories that were fairly inexpensive. Prices are comparable to US retail store prices, although online US prices are still slightly cheaper. Be careful when buying though, because I believe those gray market items do not include the manufacturer’s warranty.
If you want to check out photography equipment in China, visit the “photo gear mall” in Beijing.
Beijing Photography Equipment City
Address: Beijing, Haidian District, Wukesong Road No. 40
Phone:010-88119728 88119763 (Chinese only)
Store hours: 9:00am – 17:00pm (Winter), 9:00am – 18:00pm (Summer)
Subway: No 1 line, Wukesong station, Exit B to the North East of the Wukesong intersection, Walk 1km (10 minutes) to the north (east side of the 4th ring road). The place is on the right side of the road.
Image taken in Hong Kong, 2009. I think the picture looks a little too cartoon-y. Not sure what it is. I just remember the lighting was pretty bad in the tiny cafe place we were at.
No word on release date. Maybe a little too similar to real life experiences?
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At the local pool
Beijing, China (2010).
Outside a classroom.
A rural school in Hunan, China.
So my roommate (who’s from China) has tickets lined up for a free screening of Beginning of the Great Revival, a star-studded film about the historical events surrounding the formation of China’s Communist Party. Does this make up for not being able to go to China this year? First time in a long time that I’ll be celebrating July 4 in America.
Not the best picture, but I thought I’d share with the developed world.
Hunan, China. 2010.
Temperature: about 40 degrees Celsius (~104 degrees F) with 90% humidity.
I guess there’s really nowhere to put that small “baby on board” sign that people place in the back window of their cars to encourage safe driving. I can’t imagine my sister biking around like this with Abby.
Image taken while I was riding my bike. I don’t really like it because it’s slightly blurry. I suppose I should have adjusted my settings a little better.
Narnia (Beijing, China. 2010.)
Inside the Bird’s Nest, Beijing, China.
China friends! Go dance with the “Where the Hell is Matt” guy in Shanghai and Beijing! I want to see you in his videos. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, watch his old videos here.
According to a tip on the Shanghaiist:
In Beijing, he’ll be dancing in the Sanlitun area at the San Li Tun Fountain, near the northwest corner of the fountain. The time and date: 3pm, Saturday, February 19.
And in Shanghai, he’ll be at the Science and Technology Museum in Pudong (on Line 2) near the sculpture at the entrance. The time and date: 3pm, Sunday, February 20.