A collection of recent aerial images showing the vast diversity of landscapes across China, from cities to mountains, desert to sea shores, and much more.
Aerial view of an abandoned Chinese fishing village overtaken by green vines on Shengshan Island, one of hundreds that make up Shengsi Islands, in east China's Zhejiang Province, on June 12, 2015. Vines climb the old stone walls, weave through the windows and doors, and creep along the crumpling paths in the village which has been reclaimed by Mother Nature.
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Aerial view of the two “nail houses” encircled by an overpass connecting the Zhoutouzui Tunnel in Guangzhou, in south China's Guangdong Province, on August 11, 2015. The houses were set to be demolished to create space for a bridge which would connect an elevated expressway to a newly opened underground tunnel, reported China News Service. While most of the residents accepted the relocation compensation, three families refused to move out of their homes. The construction workers had no other choice but to build an overpass around the lonely houses. The company has promised to surround the buildings with a noise barrier to make things more tolerable for the residents.
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Serpentine road at Tianmen Mountain National Park, Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China, on October 24, 2014.
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A shroud of haze covers the city of Zhengzhou, in central China's Henan Province, on November 6, 2009.
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An aerial view shows participants wearing blue and red coats forming an image depicting a human lung, during a Guinness World Record attempt of the largest human image of an organ, on a hazy day in Beijing, on November 15, 2015. Over 1,500 people joined the successful attempt which was organized by a local health research center hoping to improve awareness of lung health, local media reported.
People cool off at a water park, in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, on August 1, 2015.
New Audi cars sit in an open-air parking lot in Changchun, Jilin Province, China, on October 14, 2015.
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Photo taken on September 1, 2015 shows an aerial view of Yamzho Yumco Lake in Shannan Prefecture, in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.
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An aerial view shows a colorful rice paddy planted with the pattern of a heart on August 27, 2015, in Xianju County, Taizhou City, Zhejiang Province.
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A view of villas built for residents in the Huaxi village of Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, on May 31, 2010.
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Visitors participate in the annual water-splashing festival to mark the New Year of the Dai minority in Xishuang Banna, Yunnan Province, on April 15, 2013.
A replica of the Eiffel Tower and residential buildings at the Tianducheng development in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, on April 8, 2015.
Confiscated gambling machines are destroyed by the local public security bureau during a campaign against gambling in Foshan, south China's Guangdong Province, on July 19, 2007.
Photo taken on February 21, 2014 shows a bird's-eye view of Wanfenglin in Xingyi, southwest China's Guizhou Province.
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People crowd onto a bridge during the annual Caiqiaohui event in Mianyang, Sichuan Province, on March 18, 2014. People believe that by stepping onto the bridge during the three-day spring event can help them escape tribulations and illnesses.
Aerial view of arrays of tombs at a cemetery in Kunshan, east China's Jiangsu Province, on March 21, 2015. The cost of where a person is laid to rest when he dies has been soaring in China almost as quickly as where to live when he is alive. Although the government has been promoting what are considered frugal, even “green” funerals (such as at sea), the cost of securing a traditional cemetery plot can be astronomical, according to industry insiders. In Shanghai, the average price of a plot, usually about one square meter, is at least 35,000 yuan ($5,650) and some prime cemetery plots can cost more than 100,000 yuan, much higher than the price, per square meter, of a luxury apartment.
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Workers pick tea leaves at a tea plantation in Dongyang, Zhejiang Province, on March 25, 2015.
Boats set out from a port as the seasonal fishing ban ends in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, on September 16, 2015.
Arrays of solar panels at the Wanjiashan Photovoltaic Power Station on Wanjiashan Mountain in Yanbian County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on December 30, 2014. Construction of solar, wind, and nuclear power projects are ongoing across China including the country's largest mountain-terrain photovoltaic power station in Sichuan Province.
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The Shanghai Disney Resort under construction in Pudong, Shanghai, on October 8, 2015. The castle will be the tallest and largest castle ever built at a Disney theme park. The first Disney resort in China's mainland has been under construction for four and a half years, and is expected to open in spring of 2016.
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Wingsuit flier Espen Fadnes (top) and paraglider Bjoern Magne Bakke Bryn of Norway fly in a challenge on Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, central China's Hunan Province, on August 11, 2015. The two extreme sports enthusiasts successfully completed the challenge after taking off from different locations and joining together in mid-air, local media reported.
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A resident walks past a car parked among debris at a site demolished as part of a street broadening project in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, on May 6, 2013. The site used to be a parking lot of a local company. The owner of the car could not be reached for over ten days, hence the workers were told to carry on demolishing operations around the car.
An oil tanker drives through desertified land in Hengshan county, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, on June 1, 2011.
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Rice terraces in the mountain, Longsheng, Guangxi Province, on September 20, 2013.
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Abandoned motorcycles stacked in Chenzhou, central China's Hunan Province, on June 9, 2015.
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An aerial view of the Tai Ho oyster farm in Qinzhou City, in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on October 21, 2015.
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The small Ruangongdun island in West Lake in Hangzhou, the capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, on May 5, 2015.