Tiananmen Square remains one of China’s most historically renowned landmarks as well as one of its most popular backdrops for photo ops. Photographers from Xinhua recently released a set of “then and now” photos showing visitors who posed in front of the iconic city square as far back as 50 years and then again in recent years.
The above photo shows Ying Deyi posing with his wife and their three-year-old and six-year-old daughters. The image was taken in 1958, when he worked in the army. The other photo of the same family was taken in 2009.
In 1969, Mao Lianyu and his mother took a picture at Tiananmen Square. In 2009, Mao returned alone. He was retired and his mother had passed away.
On September 28, 1980, 17-year-old Liu Zengrong had just arrived in Beijing. It was the year he was admitted to Renmin University of China. Twenty-nine years later, Liu worked as a press photographer for a university in Beijing. “It’s yesterday once more,” he said. “It seems that I returned to that moment 29 years ago [when I took the photo].”
In 1966, 14-year-old Liu Hui, seven-year-old Li and 14-year-old Li Lu took this picture together.
In 2009, the three friends gathered again in the same location. Li Lu has studied in Germany and has her own psychological counseling clinic in Beijing.
“I haven’t seen these two for almost 30 years,” she said. “We reunited to take this photo. I feel very excited.”
In 1970, Ma Huiyun, Chen Guiling, Zhou Jinhua and He Junxia attended the same Beijing primary school and donned these popular green military uniforms to take a picture together.
By the time they gathered again in 2009, they were all retired.
In 1972, Yang Liang had returned home to visit his mother. He was a soldier.
In 2009, Yang was Vice President of (SEEC) Media Group Limited. He returned to this spot in 2009 to take a photo with his mother who wore a similar scarf wrapped around her head.
In 1970, nine-year-old Ma Jie and her six-year-old brother posed together at Tiananmen Square.
In 2009, Ma Jie worked in a bank, while her brother Ma Gang worked in a police station.
One day before the founding ceremony of China in 1949, Yang Zhenya took the picture with his comrades in the army.
Yang had retired from a famous film studio before this photo was taken in 2009. His comrades couldn’t join him.
In 1964, 32-year-old engineer Chen Shi took this photo. In 2009, 78-year-old Chen returned to China and posed in front of Mao once again. She was retired and lived in America.
Wang Tingting is pictured on the left in 1982. Wang took the picture again at the age of 30. She was running an online business.
By Lucy Liu
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