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9 October, 2019 - 18:18 By Kate Sweeney

China photo exhibition marks 41 years of technology

An exhibition of photographs celebrating 41 years of technology and its impact on the lives of people in China will be on display as part of Cambridge China Forum 2019. 

The exhibition has been curated by the Chinese Embassy in the UK and will be on a special loan to Cambridge China Forum 2019. The photos in the exhibit highlight changes that have occurred since the historic economic reforms (‘the Opening Up’) began in 1978. 

The exhibition shows how surprisingly quickly the cities, technologies and interactions with technology have developed. One photo from 1980 reveals Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, one of the original sites chosen to handle foreign investment and trade, as a medium-sized town of a few lorries, a single railroad track and a scattering of two-story buildings; far different than the global technology hub of today.

In other images, the introduction of televisions and telephones into rural homes draws curious interest from the neighbours. One black-and-white photo shows the excitement of using a village’s first hand-cranked telephone, and next to it is a recent photo of a man using his smart phone to scan and hire a bicycle. 

In another pair of contrasts, curious spectators line a dirt field in Guangdong to observe the first civil airplane landing by their village. Displayed nearby is the 2015 unveiling of China’s first independently-developed large passenger aircraft as it is paraded through a hangar of well-wishers.

The photo exhibition will be part of Cambridge China Forum 2019 on 15-16 October at the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre in Hinxton. Day 1 of the Exhibition (15 Oct) opens exclusively to the guests attending Cambridge China Forum 2019. 

Day 2 of the Exhibition (16 Oct) opens to the public free of charge, and RSVP at www.cambridgechinacentre.org is required.

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