Michael Rank was a British Council student in China from 1974-1976. During his time at Peking University in 1975, he and his classmates visited the Shangnian Brigade of the Beixiaoying Commune in Shunyi County, Beijing. His photos show a rare glimpse of daily life in China’s people’s communes, which were launched by Mao during the Great Leap Forward in 1958 and lasted until the early 1980s. Many more photos by Michael of his life in China are posted on his Flickr page.
All images © Michael Rank and reproduced here with his permission.
When we play our music, I think of my grandfather. When we play, he lives.
Get Involved in the Eighth Worldwide InstaMeet This Weekend
This weekend (January 11-12), we’re challenging Instagrammers across the globe to participate in the eighth Worldwide InstaMeet! On Saturday or Sunday, find an InstaMeet near you by going to meetup.com/instagram or arrange a location and time to meet up with some Instagram friends. Shoot photos and videos together and share them on Instagram with a unique hashtag.
If you need some tips about how to get involved and spread the word of your local meetup, here are some helpful links:
Will you be at an InstaMeet in China? Tag your photos #cdtimes to see them on China Digital Times’ Instagram and Tumblr!
Two years ago, Gary Locke arrived in Beijing as the new U.S. ambassador. Now, Locke has announced that he will resign his post early in 2014 to rejoin his family in Seattle. Locke handled a number of diplomatic crises during his tenure, including the visit of former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun to the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, which set in motion the downfall of Bo Xilai, and the harboring of activist Chen Guangcheng in the U.S. embassy in Beijing. Chinese netizens bid him adieu.
Beijing has seen some nasty smog in the past few years. The Chinese government is taking steps to reduce air pollution across the country, but it has a long way to go, as cartoonist and capital city dweller Zhu Shimao shows. Driving, dating, and diet are all effected, the last one by inhaling trace elements. “I took a few breaths in the morning and was full,” Rebel Pepper commented on Weibo. All that build-up in their bodies makes denizens of the imperial capital an excellent source of fuel. Again, Rebel Pepper: “As for people who die in Beijing, the government can make a big profit on the remains, since every Beijinger is a mine.”