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China: daily life

Each day, wire service photographers from around the world file photos to their member papers that fall under the category of "daily life." On February 8, 2011, I posted a Big Picture that featured some photography from Pakistan under that heading. The images document what we call in newspaper terminology, "slice of life" photography. They are ordinary, random moments captured around a city or in the countryside and they give us just a glimpse of something in that particular place that we might not ordinarily be able to experience. The images in this post are by photographers from the Associated Press based in China. Again, they contain very little caption information and are intended to provide a small window into another culture perhaps far from our own yet reflecting elements of universality. (Note: These images were collected over the first three months of 2011.) -- Paula Nelson. (34 photos total)

A visitor peeks inside a scenery board used to fence off a construction site at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. (April 1, 2011) (Andy Wong/Associated Press)
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171 comments so far...
1.

Last one is just wow!

Posted by Sach April 11, 11 09:56 AM
2.

我觉得摄影师完全没有理解北京和中国的美,只是照了一些萧瑟、底层的生活琐碎而已,这不代表中国。 --我在北京,我眼里的中国,很美!

Posted by 卷卷 April 11, 11 10:02 AM
3.

#18 looks like garlic, not onions.

Posted by Bob April 11, 11 10:12 AM
4.

Amazing pictures of the typical China

Posted by Chris April 11, 11 10:18 AM
5.

我觉得摄影师拍下了生活的细节,这才是真实的中国。

Posted by kun April 11, 11 10:33 AM
6.

Quite Prejudicial, IMO

Posted by stonechanged April 11, 11 10:39 AM
7.

this is stupid. china is more than just beijing and shanghai.

Posted by maks April 11, 11 10:42 AM
8.

一看就是旅游者的猎奇心理拍出来的。。。
题目还敢叫daily life。。。。

Posted by 啊呀 April 11, 11 10:42 AM
9.

@ #3
#18 is onions AND cooking ingredient, which means garlic :p

I love China, best wishes to all there.

Posted by GreggSiam April 11, 11 10:47 AM
10.

2楼的观点是对于中国人的
对外,可能这才是他们想了解的

Posted by starling April 11, 11 10:52 AM
11.

很真实的照片,中国普通老百姓就是这样的生活。
最后一张很有感觉~
不到长城非好汉

Posted by snsn April 11, 11 10:57 AM
12.

太可笑,怎么就能不代表中国,难道拿着一堆外国护照的所谓假洋鬼子的中国人就代表中国佬,就像时代广场广告那就是真实中国,这些底层就不是中国,我请问你生活在中国那个阶层?北京的高层?是要把这些底层人驱逐出北京吗。

Posted by cf April 11, 11 11:03 AM
13.

不错的照片,有木有!有木有!

Posted by Ryo April 11, 11 11:04 AM
14.

题目是什么,China: daily life。这些日常的琐碎的片段本意就不是要反应中国的美,中国美不美先不说。什么能代表中国,美就能代表中国吗。世界上有那个国家可以用美来代表。我觉得这些照片很真实,而我眼中的中国也是这样的。

Posted by 晓寒轻 April 11, 11 11:16 AM
15.

Great pictures. In #1, the cloud formation inadvertently appears to look like a nuclear mushroom cloud... I'm sure unintended, but interesting.

Posted by Jay April 11, 11 11:23 AM
16.

to 卷卷,
It's about real life, not beauty!!!!!

Posted by freeaiweiwei April 11, 11 11:23 AM
17.

Thank you

Posted by Michel April 11, 11 11:24 AM
18.

AWESOME pictures as usual

many thanks for the beautiful insights

Posted by Adam April 11, 11 11:32 AM
19.

#13 is a ferret, not all that exotic in North America...

Once again awesome photos!

Posted by Alex April 11, 11 11:47 AM
20.

卷卷, 注意看照片上面的标题。。。"China: Daily Life". 意思就是中国日常生活。想看比较理想和谐的中国应该多看CCTV.

Posted by 熊哥 April 11, 11 11:49 AM
21.

#3 life is not about perfection, just be thankful for the pictures, have a wonderful day

Posted by . April 11, 11 11:50 AM
22.

I'm so ready to go back ...

Posted by dphazelwood April 11, 11 11:51 AM
23.

#18 is garlic..Big Picture fail!

Posted by Jesse20 April 11, 11 12:07 PM
24.

Quite nice! It's always a pleasure to see real people versus the politicos or staged events. Thank you!

Posted by Carl April 11, 11 12:09 PM
25.

Beautiful images.

Posted by Yoli April 11, 11 12:10 PM
26.

J'adore les Chinois dans leur quotidien / 我爱中国人 !

Posted by Pierre April 11, 11 12:19 PM
27.

我觉得这些大都很美

Posted by money April 11, 11 12:27 PM
28.

Grannies at #3 are just fabulous.

Posted by Shan April 11, 11 12:44 PM
29.

有再多的表象掩飾不了不民主的事實。
怎麼不放點艾未未和茉莉花的東西呢?
這才是發生在人民周遭的每日生活啊!

Posted by 袁和平 April 11, 11 12:58 PM
30.

I really like #7. Looks almost like some urban art project. :-)

Posted by Kaminix April 11, 11 12:59 PM
31.

我也这么认为

Posted by Кирилл April 11, 11 01:02 PM
32.

回復2則之卷卷:
見微知著,不是嗎?
A feather shows the way the wind blows,doesn't it?

Posted by 愷 Kai April 11, 11 01:03 PM
33.

@卷卷

这就是大多数中国人生活的状态。

Posted by safafafafas April 11, 11 01:04 PM
34.

我也这么认为

Posted by Kirill April 11, 11 01:05 PM
35.

#13 - Pretty sure that's a ferret. Ermine generally refers to the fur of a stoat, used to make clothing.

Posted by Stacey K April 11, 11 01:19 PM
36.

美不是形象工程,不是歌舞升平
摄影师用自己的视角来观察中国,我觉和很真实

wonderful photos, that's real china.

In chinese, the 2th comment's author "卷卷" was called WuMao

Posted by james April 11, 11 01:19 PM
37.

China is beautiful....
from a neighbouring country - Taiwan

中國很美
來自鄰國的台灣

Posted by Ma April 11, 11 01:32 PM
38.

Oh, these pictures filled me with nostalgia. I wish I can see some pictures of Guilin, which is a famous destination in China.

Posted by hyh April 11, 11 01:39 PM
39.

#13 nice marmot.

Posted by Diego April 11, 11 02:07 PM
40.

But those are the fragments of daily life. Life doesn't need to have too many suprises.
My original home was under the blue skyscraper right in last secound photo. Now it's "international" hotel. It's ture that our memories are being erased everyday by the government. But nothing could stop me loving my hometown.
BTW, maybe more photos by local photographers should be published.

Posted by 后大春 April 11, 11 02:11 PM
41.

Two dozen photos from Beijing and Shanghai hardly represent daily life across a country of 1.4 billion people. Those AP photographers need to get out of the big eastern cities once in a while...

Posted by Chuck Brookhouse April 11, 11 02:12 PM
42.

#13 is a ferret, not ermine (aka stoat).

Posted by ferretimus April 11, 11 02:15 PM
43.

re 卷卷

這個Topic就是生活照,和拍得美不美沒有關係,生活照就是這樣,要了解人民的生活,就是由瑣碎的生活開始,所謂的美麗不是單單從表面來看

Posted by buk April 11, 11 02:26 PM
44.

A beautiful country. The child in #24 is adorable.

Posted by kman April 11, 11 02:48 PM
45.

pretty mediocre

Posted by John April 11, 11 03:03 PM
46.

#34 is amazing

Posted by Denver - Ireland April 11, 11 03:37 PM
47.

well below the usually very high standard of Big Picture - very disappointed.

Posted by stan April 11, 11 03:46 PM
48.

to 卷卷,你眼光狭窄的很,中国大部分人的生活连这些图片上都不如.

Posted by fuck gcd April 11, 11 04:08 PM
49.

love number 24. wish I could get my piccys that crisp!

Posted by Anonymous April 11, 11 04:10 PM
50.

Really fascinating images! Among the heart-wrenching photos exposing the truths of suffering around the world in previous blog posts, it is nice to see simple day to day photos of a culture so distant from my own. From photos of rebuilding to the perpetuating of traditional exercises in historic locations, these photos seem in encompass a glimpse of China.

Posted by Kristen S. April 11, 11 04:14 PM
51.

I am a chinese guy, i have to say this subject is the worst ever. The photographer showed us only boring pieces lives of chinese people, nothing more. I can see nothing about what's going on in China......no topicial photos.

Posted by Edward April 11, 11 04:35 PM
52.

Great photos,Beijing is awesome, visited twice, can't wait for my third .

Posted by Dave April 11, 11 05:10 PM
53.

你眼里的中国是中国人看自己国家的看法。对我来说这些照片跟我在北京和上海看过的情况一样。
我觉得你看中国真的不错可是我们外国人去中国的时候只看这样的情况。 还有中国政府不让我们看别的情况所以对我们外国人来看中国根这些照片差不多一样。懂我的意思吗?

Posted by Charlotte April 11, 11 05:35 PM
54.

没有什么比图片更客观

Posted by arlen gross April 11, 11 05:40 PM
55.

@2L 贴近生活的东西比拍烂了的风景名胜更有触动人心力量。
Is is the real life.

Posted by musmus April 11, 11 05:59 PM
56.

#6 hanging bird cages in trees seems so... wrong....

Posted by carl April 11, 11 06:10 PM
57.

I love the way they photographed of real life in China, I was born there, it obsoletely represents the real life in Beijing, there are lots of stories behind pictures.

Posted by bobobeijing April 11, 11 06:15 PM
58.

Those are great!

Posted by Connor April 11, 11 06:29 PM
59.

wow!
do you have more???

Posted by Jack Liu April 11, 11 06:34 PM
60.

I'm a Beijing native, I will have to say, most of the pictures are really realistic, and driving me homesick.

Posted by airhover April 11, 11 06:38 PM
61.

@卷卷 Big Pictures 是在求真.
刻意地要展現美的地方就有虛偽造作之疑
可能對不懂得自由與民主之可貴的中國人來說,
很難了解~真~的可貴
~真~在必要時刻,自然就會令人感覺到美.

Posted by 08abt April 11, 11 07:17 PM
62.

#33 awwwwww the Bund is such a perfect place

Posted by McGlath April 11, 11 07:22 PM
63.

I believe the title is misrepresenting of the actual pictures of living in the city.

Country side should be way more interesting and different.

Posted by Jeff April 11, 11 07:52 PM
64.

This IS China. The rhythm and contrasts are typical. These pictures could have been taken here in Shenzhen.

Posted by Linda April 11, 11 08:07 PM
65.

#7 办证,只要20块,你就可以成为唐骏的校友

Posted by fsy April 11, 11 08:29 PM
66.

Well, it's interesting and refreshing to see China through a foreign eye. I’m a Chinese living in Beijing, and hold the view that China has much more to offer than what is shown in the images.

Posted by Cristal April 11, 11 08:31 PM
67.

When the Central Empire built their splendid civilization, we the westerners
still lived like babarians.

Posted by Wil April 11, 11 08:42 PM
68.

I agree with Sach.

Posted by Bruce April 11, 11 08:43 PM
69.

Posted by 卷卷 April 11, 2011 10:02 AM
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你是五毛党吧?中国确实有富丽堂皇,但这些多数出现在官僚的小圈子,像我们这样的老百姓,底层的生活正如镜头所展示的那样,图片拍得是是非常不错的了。你想要摄影师展示中国除风景之外的美,请带他去参观和深入我们那些所谓父母官的生活。

Posted by 莫名字 April 11, 11 09:22 PM
70.

每个摄影师都有自己全面的视角,这里为什么大部分只选择了一些片面的东西?

Posted by 丕子 April 11, 11 09:25 PM
71.

#14 A well balanced composition

Posted by Michiro April 11, 11 09:27 PM
72.

好和谐...

Posted by PY April 11, 11 09:28 PM
73.

the photographer looks chinese daily life in a really ridiculous way.

Posted by chanita April 11, 11 09:55 PM
74.

I'm a Chinese. Not a typical one, neither a proud one.

Personally, Beijing is an aging city thanks to its insular people. Being more mundane than modern, it would not be saved by another Olympic Games.

Fortunately it's not the city I live in. You should take a tour here in Shenzhen.

Posted by lafingn April 11, 11 10:01 PM
75.

This is not typical life. This is tourism photography.

Posted by steve April 11, 11 10:27 PM
76.

Did anyone else notice that the bride in #23 is wearing tennis shoes under her wedding dress?

Posted by Marc Helfman April 11, 11 11:01 PM
77.

2楼应该是看CCTV没看够。CCTV最近搞深入基层,应该从这里学学,看看普通人的生活,而不是总在show你们的理想国

Posted by k.y April 11, 11 11:24 PM
78.

真实的百姓生活其实也很美,有幸福的一面也有辛苦的一面,生活本来就这样………………

Posted by QING CHA April 11, 11 11:26 PM
79.

To ordinary Indian like me, China looks simple, humane and quite oriental too.. I don't understand why Chinese establishment poses so tough, inamicable and hostile to rest of the world, particularly to India.

Posted by Arvind batra April 11, 11 11:53 PM
80.

又熟悉、又陌生。

Posted by woo997 April 11, 11 11:53 PM
81.

@Ma
Thanks!
But Taiwan is not a country. Taiwan is a province of China.
谢谢!
但是台湾不是一个国家。台湾是中国的一个省。

Posted by donny April 12, 11 12:30 AM
82.

@08abt
几张照片与自由民主何干?一看你就是被洗脑的人,一心希望中国崩溃,真是可恶!

Posted by donny April 12, 11 12:34 AM
83.

lovely pics

Posted by varsha April 12, 11 12:54 AM
84.

都幾十年了, 批評的人卻仍然跟當年不滿 安東尼奧尼 拍 "中國" 時的語氣同一口徑, 中國人的眼光可以闊一點, 思想可以進步一點嗎? 美不必經過人工修飾推砌, 真實也可以是美~

Posted by eric April 12, 11 01:14 AM
85.

i live in the french concession in shanghai and travel all over china for work...this is reality...this is not tourism photo's...i see all this type of thing everyday....if you live with the people (meaning not in a high rise) then you experience these types of adventures everyday!

Granted, the great wall and some photo's are abit more tourist feeling...but important to life here as well!

for example on my street you can buy live bull frogs or chickens and they will prepare them (i.e. kill / pluck them) right then and there for you....of course i dont partake in this, but who am i to judge!

Lets not forget where the chicken came from when your eating in your T.G.I.F. chain restaurants in the u.s., as the same process had to happen to get that chicken breast onto your plate!!

:)

Posted by Kris April 12, 11 01:24 AM
86.

日常生活就应该是这样。难道非要玩老谋子那套么,骗谁啊 自己活在一个怎样的世道还不清楚?

Posted by cubaw April 12, 11 02:09 AM
87.

“选出要发表的照片,也是在挑选你不想发表的照片喔。” “所以交出去的照片究竟是不是记录了事实,也很难说,想必涵盖了某些不可公开的真相在内。”——荒木经惟

Posted by zhenshen April 12, 11 02:30 AM
88.

I love 34...makes me wanna go to China

Posted by Kjell Ram April 12, 11 02:57 AM
89.

This album was somewhat disappointing. I agree with many of the comments posted: these photos don't even capture a sliver of what is considered to be "daily life" in China. This country has so much more to offer than what was depicted in a couple of tourist shots taken in Beijing or Shanghai. The countryside is far more breathtaking, not to mention it would be a more authentic and inclusive portrayal of a wonderfully diverse nation.

Posted by Monica April 12, 11 03:15 AM
90.

不同人有不同的角度看待生活,无论是2楼的卷卷,还是其他人。
这组图就是摄影师从自己的角度去看待 Daily life in China
先去否定别人的作品,就是在否定自己的存在

——————————————————
No matter the controversial 卷卷 or others have their own ways to look at this world.
i believe this topic is showing daily life in China from the photographer`s view
Denying others is the same as denying yourself

Posted by Lee April 12, 11 03:19 AM
91.

@丕子:你這麼評論那能請問你什麼是全面的視角嗎?何況這一系列照片也不只是單獨一位攝影師的作品。

@steve:This is not typical life. This is daily life.

Posted by gjiiii April 12, 11 03:58 AM
92.

Kind of lame actually. My God China is bigger than the United States and many other countries and has 1.4billion people in it and they focus on two famous cities :\. Where's the farms? Home life? Factory slaves? Businessmen going to work, students, etc...

Posted by BlogShag April 12, 11 04:21 AM
93.

WHERE IS AI WEIWEI?

welcome to daily life in china

Posted by penny April 12, 11 04:41 AM
94.

蛮真实额PP哦
从鬼佬额视角
乏错乏错

Posted by 上海雅唆 April 12, 11 05:03 AM
95.

衣食住行玩,吃喝拉撒睡

这里面好像除了拉没有涉及,其它应该都包括了.

上面回中文JJWW tipical的,你在boston.com叫毛啊

Posted by 41 April 12, 11 06:09 AM
96.

very nice place

Posted by ABDUL KADER April 12, 11 06:26 AM
97.

There is more to China than Beijing and Shanghai. Worst Big Picture Post ever. Usually much better than this tripe.

Posted by ding ho April 12, 11 08:01 AM
98.

These images are wonderful and do a good job reflecting the character and beauty that is China at this time.

Posted by Ruth Bobzin April 12, 11 08:19 AM
99.

steve of #75
Your comprehension of 'tourism photography' possibly goes in a different way from the majority.

ma of #37
Warmest Greetings from China Mainland - another place within the Republic of China BY YOUR OWN CONSTITUTION. It's unwise to provoke any political dispute under a "daily life" photo set.

Posted by kjoik April 12, 11 08:21 AM
100.

#13, good it's in a pet shop, I thought it's in a restaurant.

Posted by titan April 12, 11 08:30 AM
101.

wow, this could be chinatown anywhere. i see the same scenes in my city. i've always admired the way elderly chinese people use public spaces to do things white people would never do (like ballroom dancing in the middle of the day). (PC police, lay off, it's just an observation).

Same with couples doubling each other on bicycles. Again, never seen a white couple over the age of 12 do that. : ) It's so sweet..

Posted by elena April 12, 11 08:31 AM
102.

Quite realistic, that is the typical work class life of China.
But China is definetly more than that, coz it is too big.
China is more than Beijing and Shanghai.
China is more than demolition,street vendor,etc...

But anyway I dont think there is any inappropriate for the others to see the pictures, because it is China, even it is small part of China.

Posted by gene83 April 12, 11 08:58 AM
103.

虽然我反感类似CCTV一类的粉饰太平的新闻,但是对于这组照片我要说,并不能完全反映中国目前的情况,更多反映的是阴暗的一面!这个摄影师或者波士顿报的编辑是带有成见的!我非常不喜欢这组作品!

Posted by chj April 12, 11 09:19 AM
104.

中国,一切皆有可能。

Posted by Ree April 12, 11 09:39 AM
105.

donny of #81
不知道您在这边留言这些有什么实质上的意义,另外虽然台湾是不是国家是个问题,不过中国有没有实际统治台湾也是个问题。我很想知道“台湾省长“究竟是谁。

Posted by Simmy April 12, 11 10:03 AM
106.

Моя ваша не понимать
Свобода Тибету!!!

Posted by Далай Лаам April 12, 11 10:31 AM
107.

蛮真实的,good job

Posted by kdkdk April 12, 11 10:46 AM
108.

bellisimas!!!! perfectas capturas

Posted by gloria April 12, 11 11:03 AM
109.

I don't understand these negative comments... These pictures are not meant to be some grand tour of China. They are "a slice of life" shots. Small bits and pieces of what it is like to live in China. Just basic daily life that could be happening on any street corner of any major city in the country. They are very good actually and make me want to go back (I am not Chinese, but it is one of my favorite countries to visit).

And to people who keep saying "show the Chinese country side and there are 1.4 billion people in China" Keep in mind that those Eastern cities (which are well reflected in these photographs) encompass close to half a billion people making a photograph set that depicts their daily lives more than relevant to what life is really like in China.

@Donny ...You will have a very hard time convincing most people from Taiwan that they are a province of China. My Taiwanese friends would kick me for even trying to convince them!

Posted by Josh April 12, 11 12:46 PM
110.

Pic #19: So they eat vegetables too, LOL!

Posted by AV April 12, 11 12:48 PM
111.

Thank you for assemble these wonderful photos! However, I do eco some of the comments here: three cities (Beijing, Shanghai, and Nanjing) don’t represent China at all. So the title is a bit misleading. Maybe “Beijing & Shanghai: Daily Life” is a more appropriate title for this collection of photos.

Posted by mdzullo April 12, 11 02:27 PM
112.

LOL This is rather "Beijing+Shanghai: Daily life"

Posted by Huynh April 12, 11 03:55 PM
113.

衣食住行玩,吃喝拉撒睡

这里面好像除了拉没有涉及,其它应该都包括了.

上面回中文JJWW tipical的,你在boston.com叫毛啊

Posted by 41 April 12, 11 09:09 PM
114.

14
题目是什么,China: daily life。这些日常的琐碎的片段本意就不是要反应中国的美,中国美不美先不说。什么能代表中国,美就能代表中国吗。世界上有那个国家可以用美来代表。我觉得这些照片很真实,而我眼中的中国也是这样的。
Posted by 晓寒轻 April 11, 2011 11:16 AM

China is not only BJ, SH, NJ... OK?
Please take some pictures of the western country side...

Posted by NE April 12, 11 09:22 PM
115.

#3 ... doing the Bunny Hop?!

Posted by Hop2it April 12, 11 10:40 PM
116.

这些照片拍的不错啊...和我每天日常生活所见差不多, 一个普通人的视角而已...然后,在某些人眼里居然成了阴暗面...我勒个去... 还有人是不是吃错药了...居然在这里争论起台湾啊什么的...在这里发一条评论给多少钱啊? 现在物价这么高, 5毛不够用吧?

Posted by TaiSui April 13, 11 12:57 AM
117.

#12 looks like Mr Miyagi! Wax on, wax off.

Posted by Andy April 13, 11 03:38 AM
118.

真实的生活嘛 扯的真远!

Posted by 毛爷爷 April 13, 11 05:16 AM
119.

中国非常落后我承认,但落后不等于一堆废墟。

我把上面的图片截屏发给几个上海网友看,他们都不认识自己生活的城市了,有的说是甘肃,有的说是贵州,还有比这更荒谬的吗?

Posted by LPO April 13, 11 07:11 AM
120.

All these are discribing the ubran life in Beijing,Shanghai and Nanking,which can't reflect a fact that most people in China are poverty-stricken。 A striver from the southern China's city of Guangzhou.

这里的图片全部来自北京和上海与南京三城市,中国绝大多数人口的生活状态要比图片反映的贫寒得多。

Posted by Lawrence Cheung April 13, 11 08:25 AM
121.

Estas fotos para alem de ilustrarem fielmente a cotidiano diário de todos nós,sao realmente lindíssimas.Cumprimentos a quem as projetou

Posted by Ze Viseu April 13, 11 08:52 AM
122.

Unfortunately mediocre: please convince me I'm wrong.....

Posted by Ian April 13, 11 09:19 AM
123.

.ئۇسىنىڭ جۇڭگو

Posted by kita April 13, 11 09:28 AM
124.

#33 isn't mouth kissing a western thing? westernization?

Posted by muyu April 13, 11 09:51 AM
125.

I have recently returned from a three week tour of China. My photos pale in comparison with these but they are taken at many of the same places that I visited. The spirit of the new China is very vivid, bold and colourful in your gallery. Thank you!

Posted by Josette Leduc April 13, 11 11:16 AM
126.

These look like someone's vacation pictures. Mediocre.

Posted by Landr April 13, 11 11:19 AM
127.

Good shot

Posted by Moses April 13, 11 11:44 AM
128.

支那和支那豬很美丽。

Posted by 支那豬 April 13, 11 07:23 PM
129.

I'd love to see some images from the western or southern part of the country, the desert, the mountains or at least Xi'an.

Posted by Xeno April 13, 11 08:18 PM
130.

可以80%的都这样, 艾未未和茉莉花毕竟是1%的,如果达到80%哪中国就不是如今的样子了. 另外贫困山区记者和我都到不了,因为交通生活等原因.

Posted by jieya April 13, 11 09:05 PM
131.

@ josh

according to Wikipedia

"The political status of the Republic of China is a contentious issue. The People's Republic of China (PRC) claims that the ROC government is illegitimate, referring to it as the "Taiwan Authority". The ROC, however, with its own constitution, independently elected president and a large army, views itself as an independent sovereign state. Its territory has never been controlled by the PRC.[78][79] According to a poll taken by the TVBS in 2010, the majority of ROC residents—64%—opt for the status quo (i.e. no independence, no unification with mainland China), while 19% favor independence and 5% unification"

Posted by erik April 14, 11 12:11 AM
132.

Comments from a Chinese:
some pictures are beautiful, some are not, but it's our real life. I had been to UK, Singapore, HongKong, actually people all over the world lead a similar life i think.
Big picture, thanks!

中国人评论:
有些照片很美,有些难看些;但是没有关系这就是我们真实的生活;
去过英国,新加坡,香港,实际上全世界的老百姓的日常生活貌似差不多。
感谢摄影师提供这么好的照片。

Posted by Hesen April 14, 11 01:29 AM
133.

good pic, wonderful works.
I like these pic, seems vivid ,like what we are live daily.

Posted by Anonymous April 14, 11 03:26 AM
134.

我们去纽约巴黎或者台北旅游摄影,不可能所有的片子都去拍他们臭哄哄的垃圾堆和饿得发晕的拾荒者,这样做的人精神一定有问题;但美国媒体就不同了,为了配合最近奥巴马政府对中国人权问题说三道四,居然如此关心中国的民间疾苦起来,能够把上海拍成空袭之后的伊拉克,也是需要一定技术的。

Posted by a699 April 14, 11 08:02 AM
135.

Instead of just complaining that these pictures are not representative of daily life, why not provide a link to more accurate pictures.

Posted by Tony April 14, 11 11:52 AM
136.

Great pictures!

Congratulations!!

Posted by Tomé Ferreira April 14, 11 12:26 PM
137.

I can only hope that USA: Daily Life--The big picture as presented by newspapers across the world is a least as far-ranging and representative of your country as this representation is. What two cities would you choose to represent your country? To paraphrase the "add your comment" proviso, "If you put a headline on an image collection, it must be relevant". This headline promises much, much more than the images deliver.

Posted by Todd Hanson April 14, 11 11:07 PM
138.

To 卷卷 :

你就是个五毛,光荣的维稳传播人员

you are just a WuMao, which can buy a word just 5 RMB, how cheap you are

Posted by yxy April 14, 11 11:59 PM
139.

这不是中国的日常生活。而是摄影师想挖掘一些有内涵的东西。但是正是这种心理把照片局限在了特定的位置。
比如最后一张,登长城给我的印象就是人嗷嗷多。另外,这张就不是日常生活。但是作者非要赋予这个系列的某些东西在里面,非得这样结尾,其实效果我觉得很一般。

Posted by roy April 15, 11 12:07 AM
140.

除了北京和上海等所谓的国际大都市,我没有看到别的地方,可见“有图有真相”也是假滴

Posted by yangtze river April 15, 11 01:48 AM
141.

那個81樓的,少在這裡亂吃別人豆腐,台灣才不是中國的一個省,少在那裡裝熟,你們的國家從來沒有在台灣島上實際行使過統治權,別在那裡"水面"

你的鄰國台灣留

Posted by 台灣人 April 15, 11 02:39 AM
142.

#7, most of the ad was about saling all kinds of certificates. The handwriting is similar, so must be written by same people who has multiple tel numbers.

Posted by weining April 15, 11 05:31 AM
143.

Yeap, not to be offensive, but this post about China is wee below average :(

Posted by Wilson April 15, 11 01:47 PM
144.

I love China

Posted by Roberto April 15, 11 04:09 PM
145.

True but biased. Does elephant look like fan? Only pictured the most developed metropolitan in China.
More average Chinese people live the life more similar to the scavenger in #12, rather than other.

Posted by I am Chinese April 16, 11 12:28 AM
146.

I find negative posts about this photo collection. Guess they're missing the point. Daily life takes the viewer in sheer proximity of the subject. It tells the story in the most possible close and intimate way . Is almost as if you are living there your everyday life. And of course, I find on the essay all the good factors that make a seemingly ordinary picture into something worth remembering. And please fellow viewers, step aside of comments like "# 34 is great" or "# 3 is pretty sad", because it only talks about your shortsighting.

Posted by Javier Cassio April 16, 11 11:28 AM
147.

this article is an exception from the usual high standard here. even though the photos are supposed to show daily life, a lot of them seem to be snapshots.

Posted by Max April 16, 11 05:24 PM
148.

These pictures are interesting, but I have to say that without 1000 pics no one can form a basic view of China, given its length and breadth of land
and the large population. In addition, I think that in a certain degree photographers are just like poets or composers
, who write poems or songs to express their own feelings rather than showing others something objective. There are so many comments debating on whether this is China's daily life or not, and even some Chinese themselves hold different opinions, Though question...

Posted by Roy April 16, 11 09:45 PM
149.

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Posted by WAGNER RIPPE April 17, 11 09:20 AM
150.

well chosen photographs.

Even chinese citizens deny their on reality.

Posted by andreas April 17, 11 01:42 PM
151.

The advertisement phone numbers painted on the walkway are, by the way, invariably for fake documentation, such as identification cards, family papers, university degrees, letters of recommendation, drivers licenses, etc. That is why only the phone number and not the product is given.

Posted by Wen April 17, 11 11:06 PM
152.

141楼的,当初不就是因为你们依仗你们的美国爹,才没被解放吗?放心吧,早晚会把你们纳入版图的。“台湾人”愿意去哪里就去哪里吧,我们要的是那个岛。

Posted by kkoipiked April 18, 11 08:17 PM
153.

#13 I think that is a ferret, not an ermine. Ermine are generally much more brownish/reddish, or nearly totally white. Imitation mink coats are sometimes made of ferret fur; maybe they are trying to pass a ferret off as an ermine?

Posted by Sarah April 18, 11 10:00 PM
154.

这一组 烂片居多 没看出有什么实际意义

Posted by mrlea April 19, 11 02:36 AM
155.

VERY NICE....

Posted by Anonymous April 19, 11 04:44 AM
156.

very nice

Posted by jay April 20, 11 01:52 AM
157.

拍得挺好

Posted by rare April 20, 11 03:38 AM
158.

我觉得日常百姓的生活力也存在着大美呀,这组照片拍得很日常
有些地方很好玩很中国,大家何必上纲上线呢?
国家富强的话,自己也要有自信才是

Good job, Boston.com. Carry on!

Posted by coma April 20, 11 11:27 AM
159.

Taiwan is a country, with its own currency, judicial system and law, military, and sovereign territory with a 23 million population....

It is officially known as the Republic of China dating from 1911. Not the Peoples Republic of China of 1949.

Please do some homework before you post.

Posted by Teh April 20, 11 07:49 PM
160.

nice place. It makes me to go China.

Posted by Abdi Zewde April 21, 11 02:32 AM
161.

Too many pictures from Beijing and Shanghai, China is bigger and more interesting then these two! If you ever need other pictures... let me know!

Posted by A Belgian Guy in Chengdu April 22, 11 08:06 PM
162.

Almost all of the photos were taken in Beijing of Shanghai. Both cities are representitive but they certainly can not speak for the entire land of China. Lives in other cities in China are colorful as well, and probably better for cameras if foreigners want to learn more.

Posted by Goldfinch April 25, 11 07:40 AM
163.

浏览评论也是一件有趣的事情。
Looking through these comments is also interesting.

Posted by SophiaC April 26, 11 06:35 AM
164.

These photos are wonderful! I am so excited to be in China, only 51 more days...

Posted by Yitian April 28, 11 01:33 PM
165.

Free AI WEIWEI !!!

Posted by tom April 30, 11 06:08 PM
166.

非常好的照片,不知道有些人为什么不满,你们可以去看CCTV啊

Posted by Anonymous May 1, 11 11:26 AM
167.

About time the teorist died!
dpa

Posted by dpa May 3, 11 03:59 PM
168.

好多国人嘛,有意思。

Posted by Gong May 3, 11 09:03 PM
169.

Spring rolls

Posted by Anonymous May 4, 11 12:19 PM
170.

与我的生活完全无关。

Posted by hbao May 9, 11 07:54 PM
171.

This is really late in the game but I'm posting about the Taiwan thing.

@ donny
@ MA
@ Josh
The current status is that Taiwan is part of China but it's not part of China. It's hard to explain but what it means is that China (PRC) says that Taiwan is an inseparable part of China, which in essence is true (culture and history and etc); Taiwan (ROC) on the other hand believes itself to be independent (and it is) but can not formally say it's independent least it wants war with PRC. PRC on the other hand can't call China a Province, it just calls Taiwan, Taiwan.

The reason why it can't be called a province is because of the fact that Taiwan is self governing, much like Macao (Chinese Mainland spelling) and Hong Kong, which are Special Autonomous Regions, SAR, (Although there are several key government appointments picked by Beijing)

- **Side Note* Autonomous Regions in China are something different, they include Guangxi, NingXia, Xinjiang, Tibet, and Inner Mongolia. They are allowed in essence to elect governors for local government**

So Taiwan would really fall under the SAR status, but it doesn't and it can't. Taiwan has it's own military and that is one of the biggest reasons why it can't be an SAR or a Province. Should China say that it is a province (I wish you guys read the wiki more clearly) it stands to create tension with it in itself. Questions such as why is Taiwan allowed an army and Hong Kong is not, or ditto with Local Provinces (Chinese posters please don't lie to yourselves, there is a lot, and I stress a lot, of provincial even municipal identification). So effectively Taiwan isn't a province.

The only way to put it, is that Taiwan is Chinese but it doesn't adhere to Beijing Rule. Therefore it is China but it's not China.

btw it's been a long time since renegade province was used officially by Chinese Press.

But dont' trust me or quote me, I'm not an expert, just an American born Taiwanese who worked for Taiwan Legislative Yuan for 2 years and currently working for the PRC news outlet.

Posted by Dave May 13, 11 05:55 AM
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