The Neon Lights of Modern China

Golden Arches in the Rain | ©Jonathan Kos-Read/Flickr
Golden Arches in the Rain | ©Jonathan Kos-Read/Flickr
Photo of Rachel Deason
9 June 2017

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 | ©Andrew Milligan Sumo/Flickr
Crisscrossing neon highways in Shanghai | ©sung ming whang/Flickr
Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, Shanghai | ©Wenjie, Zhang/Flickr
Nanjing Rd. Pedestrian Street, Shanghai | ©torbakhopper/Flickr
Xiamen Bund | ©Jakob Montrasio/Flickr
Barber Shop, Shenzhen | ©Chris/Flickr
Changsha Streetside | ©Jakob Montrasio/Flickr
Houhai, Beijing | ©Nikolaj Potanin/Flickr
Xi’an at night | ©Dimitry B./Flickr

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