The Neon Lights of Modern China

Golden Arches in the Rain
Golden Arches in the Rain | ©Jonathan Kos-Read/Flickr
Rachel Deason

When people think of China, it is rice paddies and temples that often come to mind, not bright neon lights. While China is as much the fields and shrines as it is so-called modernity, the country’s cityscapes have come to resemble multicolored internet pop-ups more than the idyllic landscapes you get when you put “China” into a search engine. We take a look.

Shanghai Circa 2017
Crisscrossing neon highways in Shanghai
Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, Shanghai
Nanjing Rd. Pedestrian Street, Shanghai
Xiamen Bund
Barber Shop, Shenzhen
Changsha Streetside
Houhai, Beijing
Xi’an at night

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