2017 Pingyao International Photography Festival

The Ancient City of Pingyao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a history of over 2,700 years, embraced some 2,000 photographers from 23 countries and regions during 2017 Pingyao International Photography Festival from Sept 19 to 25. Under the theme "With Original Inspiration, For a Brighter Future", 16,000 photos were on display at the festival.


Pingyao center stage for PIP festival

More than 16,000 photographs by some 2,000 photographers from 23 countries and regions, including the United States and France, are currently on display for the 2017 17th Pingyao International Photography Festival (PIP) which opened in Pingyao county on Sept 19, offering visitors the chance to see photography from around the world.

Work by Chinese photographers covers a wide variety of categories, including a special section for female photographers.

New Mascots shine in Pingyao

Staff members dress as the new mascots of the 17th Pingyao International Photography Festival. The mascots consist of four family members: Gugu (the father), Taotao (the mother), Pingping (the son) and Yaoyao (the daughter).

Tourists get helicopter option in Pingyao

Visitors will soon be able to take tours by helicopter in the Ancient City of Pingyao, North China's Shanxi province, following a successful test flight on Sept 19.

A helicopter named "Little Squirrel" had previously taken off and successfully landed on Mount Qomolangma in May 2015. The pilot in command had over 1,000 hours of flying experience.

The planned route for the new helicopter tours involves traveling around the city wall for one lap, and then landing after eight to 10 minutes.

Photographers awarded at PIP Festival

The award ceremony of the 17th Pingyao International Photography Festival took place in Pingyao county on Sept 21. The photography festival gave out nine awards with 49 people winning prizes.


Photography exhibition depicts festival traditions

A photography exhibition focusing on Jinzhong city's shehuo, a collection of traditional folk performances, opened in Pingyao county on Sept 19.

Shehuo, which has a history dating back 2,500 years, is typical of folk customs celebrating Chinese New Year. A related photography activity was held in Jinzhong during Lantern Festival in 2017 as well as at selected lantern shows, and shehuo performances were held at local tourist attractions and in the countryside, attracting more than 100 photographers from home and abroad to capture the ancient traditions on film.

Photographers salute Pingyao history

A photography exhibition opened in Pingyao county, North China's Shanxi province, on Sept 19 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Pingyao's selection as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Around 240 works by 66 local photographers were on display, together with more than 200 old photos depicting the city's development from 1842 to 1997.

Photo exhibition pays tribute to workers

A photography exhibition called Workers unveils in Pingyao county on Sept 19.

All exhibits dating back to the 1970s are taken by Wang Yuwen, an experienced photographer, in Liaoning province, who has witnessed great changes in the industrial development of Northeast China old industrial base and workers' life and emotions in the period.

Calligraphy and painting exhibition held in Pingyao

A joint calligraphy and painting exhibition, as a part of the 17th Pingyao International Photography Festival, was held in Pingyao county from Sept 19 to 25.

There were 13 branch exhibitions, including one commemorating the 20th anniversary of Pingyao's selection as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and individual exhibitions, with 734 calligraphy pieces and paintings on display, including traditional Chinese artwork.


French photographer impresses Pingyao

Philippe Vermès, a 75-year-old French photographer, has managed to impress the Ancient City of Pingyao with his black-and-white portraits during the county’s international photography festival, which ran from Sept 19 to 25.

For years, Vermès has documented the lives of ordinary folks in France and the United States, such as construction workers in Europe and motorcycle riders in the US in late 20th century.

Young students bring glamour to Pingyao photography festival

Photographs taken by young students recently attracted visitors' attention at the 17th Pingyao International Photography Festival (PIP) in Pingyao, Shanxi province.

Initiated in 2001, the PIP unveiled its 17th session on Sept 19 with a theme of "original inspiration; a brighter future", and will last until Sept 25.

Photos from Belt and Road shine in PIP

A Belt and Road themed photography exhibition aroused great interest among visitors during the 17th Pingyao International Photography Festival in Shanxi province.

Wang Chen, vice-chairman of China Photographers Association, selected 99 photos among the thousands that he created, hoping that more people could contribute towards promoting the country’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Shanghai longtang highlights for Pingyao festival

In a typical Shanghai-style neighborhood or longtang, old people sit on chaise lounge chairs chatting with each other, while women in traditional silk qipaos gently wave fans, enjoying a relaxed way of life.

However, it is not a real longtang in Shanghai, but a 3D photography exhibition by Qin Jun at the 17th Pingyao International Photography Festival in North China's Shanxi province.


Pingyao, UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site

Located in central Shanxi province, the Ancient City of Pingyao, or Pingyao county is a famous culture town with 2,700 years of history.

As the most complete county representing the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, the whole city was named a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, in December 1997, including its city walls, yamun, downtown streets, dwellings and temples.

Heritages offer a glimpse of ancient Pingyao

The ancient city of Pingyao was designated a Chinese Historical and Cultural City by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China in 1986.

In 1990, Pingyao county was divided into two parts, ancient city and new city, with each focusing on heritage protection and modern development, respectively.

A confluence of religious beliefs

Pingyao county on the Fenhe River Plain has been a hub for trade, transport and culture in North China since ancient times. This has facilitated the early dissemination of different beliefs throughout the county. Many ancient Taoist, Buddhist and Confucius temples still exist in the area, demonstrating local religious development over thousands of years.

Editor: Yang Yang
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Published: Oct.1,2017

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