China Now Has 15 Cities With Over 10 Million People

A Megacity is defined as any metropolitan area with more than 10 million inhabitants. As the world population continues to urbanize, the number of megacities is quickly growing – and nowhere is that more apparent than China. In this country of nearly 1.4 billion people, the OECD estimates there are 15 megacities (more than double the estimate by the UN). These cities rival New York, Paris and even Tokyo for size – but how many of their names do you recognize?

Shanghai From A Crane Operator’s Perspective

It takes a fearless person to spend their working hours high in the sky, and to build skyscrapers we need these courageous ones. Wei Gensheng works as a crane operator and he has decided to share what Shanghai looks like from his perspective, nearly 2000 feet in the air! From high up in the crane cab, Gensheng shows that his eye for good photographs is just as good as his crane operating skills. This photograph series was taken while Gensheng was working on the construction of the Shanghai Tower.

A Chinese Meter-Reader Captures Unexpected Moments on the Street

Tao Liu doesn’t take your average street photographs, but then again, he’s not your average street photographer either. The 32-year-old from Hefei, China, is a water-meter reader for the Hefei Water Supply Company. He spends his days riding the city streets on his motorcycle while collecting businesses’ water usage. But after his long day he puts his trusty Fujifilm X100 rangefinder to work.

A Growing Trend in China: Real Fruit Shaped Like Buddhas and Cubes

There’s a new craze in China folks and it’s invading markets and homes everywhere. It’s called “fruit mould” and involves shaping real fruit into mini Buddhas, hearts and squares. While the fruit is still young, the growers encase it into a custom plastic mould and let the fruit continue to grow. Then after a little time, the fruit is ready to come out of its shell to the world.

The Lotus Building Grows from a Lake in Wujin, China

Growing from the artificial lake at the center of Wujin, China is a fantastic new structure – “The Lotus Building” from Australian architecture firm Studio 505. The exquisitely beautiful building takes its form from the blooming lotus flower, and throwing the formality of most government institutions aside, is the home to departments of the city’s planning bureau.

Poignant Photos of Twins Over 50

There’s a proverb in China that says the fifties are the years one comes to understand their fate. This proverb inspired Beijing-based photographer Gao Rongguo to pursue a project he titled “Identical Twins.” It involved photographing pairs of twins as if they are looking at each other and document their differences. The results are poignant and carry a solemnity appropriate of contemplating one’s existence.

A Boatload of Animals Shines Light on the World’s Environmental Crisis

From the infamous damming of the Yangtze River, to sky obscuring smog in Beijing, and an incident when 16,000 dead pigs were found in the Huangpu River (which supplies Shanghai with drinking water); China has more than its share of environmental crises. Now, New York-based, China-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang is staging a major solo exhibition featuring 11 works that unapologetically highlight Earth’s current environmental and ecological crisis. The first of those pieces – The Ninth Wave – is featured here.

The International Buffalo Bodypainting Festival in China

Later this week, the World Bodypainting Festival begins in Austria, but last month a similar competition took place in the southern hills of China: Buffalo Painting. Located in Jiangcheng county, the annual International Buffalo Bodypainting competition coincides with the region’s founding. This year marked the 60th anniversary for Jiangcheng, and a total of 48 water buffaloes got “dressed” for the occasion.

Sculptures Created with the Help of Bees

Chinese artist Ren Ri is creating sculptures in collaboration with bees. He’s given up control of the final creative process, using chance and the bee’s innate industriousness to create a series of pieces based on the wax cells of the honeycomb.

The World’s Oldest Pants: 3000+ Years Old and They Haven’t Changed Much… at Least For Hippies

Long before gowns, robes, tunics, and togas were the common dress in the Roman Empire, nomadic herders in western China were pulling on pants. This pair of trousers excavated from a Yanghai graveyard in China’s Tarim Basin are between 3,300 and 3,000 years old, making them the oldest example of this form of apparel known to exist… and they look a lot like hippie pants.