If you have an interest in China and you enjoy photography I would highly recommend you check out China: People Place Culture History recently released by DK Publishing:
In the tradition of the photographic essay, China will take you through time and across borders by way of informative text, historical voices, rousing poetry and more than 700 specially commissioned images by world-class photographers. China threads its way through the country’s storied 4,000 year culture and compels the reader to rethink his concept of China and its people.
The book is full of stunning photography, fascinating culture, and informative history. With over 350 glossy pages this book makes for a gorgeous coffee table book, but – as the publisher points out – it is more than that:
As the world’s oldest continuous civilization and most populous country, with the fastest-growing economy, China is experiencing profound social, economic, and political change. A detailed exploration of the country’s long, rich history paired with its complex present makes China a one-of-a-kind reference that offers an eye-opening, thought-provoking and authoritative visual guide to one of the world’s great nations.
My parents recently spent a couple of years teaching English in China and the pictures and stories they brought back were beautiful, often strange, but always captivating. I plan on buying a copy of this remarkable book for them as I know they would enjoy the chance to continue to explore China’s people, places, cultures, and history.