hongcun

June 14, 2008

This picture is of an alley in the centuries-old village of Hongcun in Anhui Province, inland from Shanghai. There are 150 houses from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties still in good shape there, enough to warrant a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

I liked the photo (from China Photos/Getty Images) for two reasons: the pattern formed by the pointy ends of the roofs in the picture, and also that the photo seems like it could be in black and white, until you look carefully and see the pale pink dress of the little girl who seems like she is playing there. I don’t know why, but that’s why I liked it.

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