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Scene from one of Guangzhou's urban villages by Adam Robert Young March 13

Time is ticking…

They say you don’t miss your water ’till the well runs dry, but what about when you can see it evaporating before your eyes? Makes you wanna dive in and gulp down the last few litres before it’s gone forever! That’s a bit like the way I feel right now. As much as China has […]

Tangxia Cun Guangzhou by Adam Robert Young November 16

Tangxia – new inspiration

After so many trips to the same urban villages in Guangzhou, I was in need of something fresh. I love the urban villages – photographically there are so many things that make for interesting images with great textures and lighting that inspires me every time, as well as the fact that they’re populated by a […]

Chebei Girl - Adam Robert Young September 04

Chebei Girl

As I was wandering through the alleyways of Chebei urban village a few days ago, I spotted this sweet little thing. She was shy but curious at the same time. She was outside her family’s shop, and when she ran back in, I knew if she came back out to look again I’d have the […]

Ghost festival photograph by Adam Robert Young September 03

Ghost Festival in China

It seems every time I take a wander through one of Guangzhou’s urban villages, I stumble on something new. This time I saw resident after resident burning incense, gold ingots made of folded paper, food and alcohol outside the doors to their homes. It turns out they were following the rituals associated with the Chinese […]

September 01

Tancun 2012

Tancun is a small urban village in Guangzhou just a hop, skip and a jump from the city’s new CBD. Currently, the community is under no threat of demolition, but it seems it’s only a matter of time. The area is populated almost entirely by migrant workers who flock to the city in search of […]

Yangji cun police protester Guangzhou China July 25

Yangji #1: Yao’s eviction

You may have read my post on Xiancun village last week. This week, the story of an urban village in a more advanced stage of demolition and a sign of what lies ahead for Xiancun: Yangji Village. This is what Yangji village used to look like: I didn’t visit Yangji village until almost all of […]

A very interesting post…

I stumbled on a very interesting post on a Russian website here about a photographic series based on the Chinese “replica” art industry. It features “artists” holding their works with the backdrop of urban villages which could very well be the ones I visit regularly. I recognise the tiles and the stuff posted on the […]