Photo Essay: The Chinese Countryside

23 Feb

I have driven a fair bit in India and seen quite a bit of the Indian countryside, the life of farmers, their ways of life etc. And when we drove through the Chinese countryside I was amazed at how many of these images resembled those back home. There were a few differences too and I had a happy time comparing the two. Sharing my own impressions on the rural Chinese landscape via a short photo essay below :).

Picturesque Chinese village, Yunnan, China

Picturesque Chinese village, Yunnan, China

Visiting rural China, especially after the big Chinese cities, seems like travelling back in time. While all the cities are modern like any international cities; rural China stills seems to be in a time capsule that is set to at least 50 years ago.

Farms adjoining houses, Yunnan, China

Farms adjoining houses, Yunnan, China

Farming / agriculture is still the main source of income for rural Chinese and majority of it is done manually or using traditional methods.

Farming still done with traditional methods, Yunnan, China

Farming still done with traditional methods, Yunnan, China

All along the drive we saw swaying fields, houses and people working in the fields wearing the famous conical hats for shade from the sun.

Farmers taking a break from work, Yunnan, China

Farmers taking a break from work, Yunnan, China

We saw many different types of grains, vegetables, fruits, flowers being grown around here and the wide variety of colors gave us some beautiful pictures.

Multiple crops in multi colored patches, Yunnan, China

Multiple crops in multi colored patches, Yunnan, China

We crossed many villages on our journey and saw similar houses in each of them – small off-white buildings with grey roofs. In some cases there were local paintings on the walls.

Picturisque Chinese villages, Yunnan, China

Village houses, Yunnan, China

Across these fields and villages we saw hard-working locals carrying baskets on their back or balancing a rod with two baskets at each end full of local produce.

An aerial view of one of the villages, Yunnan, China

An aerial view of one of the villages, Yunnan, China

Unlike India, all villages that we saw were extremely clean and well maintained. There was general chaos but all that is associated with normal daily lives of any place.

Clean villages and fields Yunnan, China

Clean villages and fields Yunnan, China

Local farmers in these villages seemed generally poor with simple lives. They also seemed very friendly and helpful.

All villages have power, Yunnan. China

All villages have power, Yunnan. China

The infrastructure especially roads across these villages was amazing and unlike India we didn’t pass even one rough patch.

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17 Responses to “Photo Essay: The Chinese Countryside”

  1. Madhavamurthy February 23, 2015 at 23:08 #

    Pl read Pearl S Buck novel ‘ Good Earth ‘ ., you will feel you are reading an Indian novel written by our classical writers of yore. Life, emotions, bringing up children (esp male child) is similar to India. If you go to any tourist place in China, you will find more Chinese than foreigners, like India.

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    • getsetandgo April 10, 2015 at 20:27 #

      Thanks for the reco and I’ll definitely read this to understand more about these similarities 🙂

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  2. parulthakur24 February 23, 2015 at 23:31 #

    You are right that the pics of the land do resemble India but looking at the core I understand from your post is that they are a developed nation with great infrastructure to support agriculture.

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    • getsetandgo April 10, 2015 at 20:29 #

      Hi Parul, your understanding is correct… The infrastructure in China is even better than what I have seen in many developed countries around the globe…

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  3. Madhavamurthy February 23, 2015 at 23:47 #

    I am mentioning about their countryside, their lifestyle, humility etc., it is the same as India’s farmers or village folk. I observed them closely couple of years back. They are better developed, better infra is altogether different matter. Chinese, Indian farmers are very similar unlike US & Europeans. I observed in Budapest, farmers consider working in the fields as a sort of factory work, not connected emotionally to Land, like Indians & Chinese.

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    • getsetandgo April 10, 2015 at 20:30 #

      Thanks for sharing your insights as I had not realized this at all…. Will definitely observe this on my next trip to these countries…

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  4. Bella Remy Photography February 24, 2015 at 06:03 #

    What’s so interesting is that the more you travel the world, the more the physical world seems the same. What makes the landscape different are the people and their culture. That being said, you’ll still find unique areas that are sprinkled to keep things interesting. 🙂

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    • getsetandgo April 10, 2015 at 20:35 #

      Thanks Bella and that’s so beautifully expressed… I couldn’t agree more with you…

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  5. derrickli718 February 25, 2015 at 07:00 #

    Thanks for stopping our blog, ‘Another Couple’s Blog’! We’ve never visited mainland China but we’ve always wanted to! We’ve visited Hong Kong but one can’t really compare a bustling metropolis to the serene countryside. Awesome post by the way!

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    • getsetandgo April 10, 2015 at 20:37 #

      Thanks for visiting my blog and the kind words… I have been to Hong Kong and Mainland China and can confirm that they are completely different… Though China has its cities too but its countryside is definitely a must visit….

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  6. crafty theatre February 25, 2015 at 07:13 #

    I’ve never been to India, nor to China. The rural India of my imagination has really old architecture, like is often shown of its cities. Is that the case? and is rural China similar?

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    • getsetandgo April 10, 2015 at 20:39 #

      Hi, in terms of landscape rural India is a lot like my pics of rural China but the buildings in both the places are completely different… Unlike Indian cities, Indian villages have more stand alone bungalows / houses and are not necessarily old…

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  7. Niranjan February 25, 2015 at 16:12 #

    Beautiful country side.

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  8. 艾凯特 November 26, 2016 at 06:12 #

    Looks incredible! I’ve only ever been to large cities really in China, next time must head out into the countryside a bit more! I visited the 草原 (plains? Desert like fields? Not sure how to translate) in Inner Mongolia province but not seen the less touristy rural agricultural areas except out the train window. Any advice on good areas to visit that are more rural but still have buses etc.?

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  9. alwaysaforeigner February 15, 2017 at 23:18 #

    Looks amazing! We spent a little bit of time in China and took a train from Beijing to Guiyang, but we weren’t able to interact with the people in the tiny farms that we passed through. I would love to go back and spend more time in the smaller cities and towns.

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    • getsetandgo March 5, 2017 at 17:59 #

      Thanks… We were to able to do this as we drove instead of taking the train.. It was so worth it to get an authentic local flavor of the place…

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