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China, the mystery of the Orient, and also its greatest paradox. The fastest growing economy in the world from history’s oldest civilization, where steel and glass skylines are haloed by crumbling walls and well-heeled bankers rub shoulders with barefooted ethnic minorities.

Zengchong, Guizhou, China
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The country is in the grip of one of the most rapid transformations in its long history, what photographer/author Tom Carter calls the "Dynasty of Change," yet also remains a veritable kingdom of the ancients.

Hong Kong, China
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During Carter's 2-year, 35,000-mile journey to every province and autonomous region in the People’s Republic, he was able to capture on film both the gleaming metropolises of China’s future and the sepia-toned remnants of its past.

 

Zhouzhuang, Jiangsu, China
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumZhouzhuang, Jiangsu, China - Credit: Tom Carter