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November 2019

China / 豫园 /

Yu Garden

China has a symbolic relationship with ancient architecture dating back through ages. Taken in a 460-year-old extensive classic Chinese garden Yu Yuan (the gardens suffered damage numerous times during the 19th century before being repaired by Liangshun Han (Rockery Han) appointed by the Shanghai government from 1956 to 1961), this portfolio reflects the ancient architecture of Chinese buildings and shows their differences from modern architecture. Yuyuan retains its old world charm and is frequented daily by million of people a day. While new cafe, shops, restaurants are being built in Yu Garden such as KFC, Starbucks, Pandora, Swatch and others, these photographs offer a look at a part of the Chinese culture that is disappearing quickly, mainly due to the country’s focus on economic and modernisation.


Adobe, Porsche, Hennessy, adidas, Intel, Pokras Lampas, Schäffer-Poeschel Verlag, OPPO, realme, ELF, and others.