Traveling in CHINA Since 1985 by Robert Glenn Ketchum
During the reign of Mao (1949-1976), China was a closed country. China in the 1980’s was 80% rural, with no outside visitors, particularly from the West. When China opened to travelers, the Chinese government placed severe limitations on who was allowed to enter the country. Earthwatch was one organization that allowed foreigners to visit China without going through too much red-tape. These photographs are a first glimpse into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.
Friday, February 27, 2015
Traveling in China Since 1985, #120
CHINA #120: Look carefully again at my last post: the red lines indicate a super-highway system that is now in place. In 1986, NOT ONE of those highways existed! In fact, in 1989 it was estimated #China only had 170 miles of highway... and my first visits started in 1986!!! When I tell you in these #blogs growth was explosive and very rapid, consider that by 2003 China used half the concrete in the entire world and created 18,500 miles of new highway. For the time being, however, I was on my way to the #Dongshan peninsula of #LakeTaihu with my hosts, and we werw picking our way through a labyrinth of dirt country roads that navigated around canals, rice ponds, and fish farms. As you can see, once outside the city of #Suzhou, the countryside was VERY rural. HOWEVER it was an amazing world, and again I was VERY aware of being a witness to “stepping-back-in-time.”photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China @Earthwatch_org
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