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A breathtaking tour of China in a stunning picture show

TO celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, the Shanghai Photographers' Association is running a photo exhibition at Shanghai Art Museum.

The exhibition features 99 pictures captured by 53 photographers.

The theme is "The beauty of the countryside," and the show opens visitors' eyes to the magnificent and splendid landscapes in different regions of the country.

From a peaceful canal town in a southern part of China and the first sunshine cast on Potala Palace to the weather-beaten winding Great Wall or snow-capped mountains, the show illustrates an abundance of captivating scenes from all over China.

"The photos that the visitors are viewing are maybe too poetic and breathtaking to be true, yet you know how much effort and difficulty there was for the photographers to freeze such a moment," says Wang Rongping, the association's president.

Some areas are in uninhabited lands, meaning that the photographers not only had to endure physical hardship to get there but suffer the unbearable loneliness as well.

"But I know almost no photographers have regrets," Wang says. "I can't describe to you in words the excitement when focusing on an astonishing moment, when light, angle and arrangement are all perfect. Frankly speaking, you will feel that you have an additional eye to the world."

It would be impossible for most people to trudge every corner of the country or experience its many different cultures, but the exhibition is one way of providing visitors with a glimpse of the nation's scenery and customs without going too far.

Date: through August 18, 9am-5pm

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