When shooting cityscapes, include people for scale
Shanghai is an overwhelming city – modern and big. It’s hard to find places where you can do justice to both the city and the people that live in it.
When you stick out, get stuck in to get the photo
I have lived in China for almost 27 years in all, mostly based in Beijing. As a photographer, this has been a precious opportunity to witness history and cover some of the big events as well as everyday life, capturing scenes fascinate many people all over the world.
How to photograph the Great Wall
When you are in Beijing and want to visit the Great Wall, it's best to avoid the wave of tourists. There are several places nearby to go to, each with its own specific feel.
Thank Shanghai’s Golden Age for Hong Kong cinema
The Golden Age of Shanghai lasted from 1927, when the city was made relatively autonomous, to 1937. Some 35,000 foreigners controlled almost half the city in colonial trading enclaves with their own laws that discriminated against Chinese.
The "hutong hipsters" are Beijing's modern romanticists
In Beijing, China’s massive, future-obsessed capital where people and things move in all directions at a dizzying pace, there's still room for a bohemia.
Parks for the people in Shanghai
“If you look at a map of Shanghai, it’s all parks,” says 80-year-old Song Jinshan, who arrived in Shanghai at the age of 14.
Every wall starts with a single brick
The Great Wall of China is so long that it is hard to imagine a beginning.
If you want to witness Beijing's growth, go "NLGX"
Just a block from Dongzhimen is Gulou Dong Dajie, a richly historic area that is home to some of Beijing's most popular tourist hutongs, monuments such as the Drum and Bell Towers and a growing nightlife.
How Chinese brothels influenced history
Walking through Beijing’s hutong neighborhoods, I am transported back to the time of a flourishing Bada Hutong, once the most infamous brothel in China.
The Great Wall is not a building – it is a landscape
You might think something the size of the Great Wall would absorb any number of people. In the remote countryside, yes, but only those portions that have been rebuilt are considered safe enough for visitors, such as the section close to Beijing at Badaling.