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|Wednesday, August 30, 2000, updated at 09:33(GMT+8)|
Chinese Photo Show, Concerts Open in WashingtonAmid flashbulbs and shutter clicks, ``Glimpses of China,'' a selection of Chinese photographic works started its display in Washington Saturday night (Sunday Beijing Time) at the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts.
The photographic show, together with two night concerts of traditional Chinese music, kicked off the Washington DC segment of a Chinese cultural tour across several major cities in the United States.
Liu Xiaoming from Chinese Embassy in Washington DC announced the opening of the photo show as well as the concert at a pre-show reception attended by diplomats and celebrities.
The exhibition, a major part of the cultural exchange event entitled ``2000 Experience Chinese Culture in the United States,'' displays 100 pictures chosen from a number of award-winning works of professional photographers by China Photographers' Association.
The carefully-chosen pictures in enlarged size feature the beauty of China's imposing landscapes, interesting cultural customs as well as people's lives in a fast changing society.
The scenery part unveils a scroll of China's charming landscapes with different features across China's vast territory, which deeply impressed the first batch of visitors, who also enjoyed the concert of traditional Chinese music.
``I stayed in China for eight years and had visited many places, but I found I still missed some beautiful places as shown here by the pictures,'' said Christopher J. Szymanshi, president of the Artley Group, LTD.
One picture depicts the boundless greenland dotted with white Mogul tents in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, while another one seizes two small boats drifting along the Great Canal, a Sui Dynasty (581-618 AD) construction in the flying snow.
Also featured in the exhibition are colorful customs and traditions of China's various ethnic people.
``Water-splashing Festival'' captures young girls of Dai ethnicity donned in festive costumes reveling in water-splashing festival, and ``Drum Dance'' demonstrates farmers on the Yellow Plateau performing the splendid drum dance on the bank of the roaring Yellow River.
Some pictures apparently draw more attention than other counterparts, as the scenes captured in the pictures send out a stronger signal of the social transitions.
The picture ``Woman Football Player'' grabs the moment of China's women football player Sun Wen's winning kick in the match against Russia in the 1999 Women's World Cup.
And ``Model'' has a young ballerina looking down at her foot.
The two pictures present two images of Chinese women in a modern society, which are a far cry from the old image of Chinese women with bound feet held by many western people.
The photo show, organized by China Photographer's Association, will run through September 17.
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