Perhaps to remind people of a simpler time for national tourism—before Noodlegate, over-overwhelming crowds, asshole neo-Nazi groups (or Nazi groups for that matter) and ubiquitous selfie sticks—Sina has posted a gallery of photographs showing how travelers posed for pictures around China a century ago. You should take a look! They are super neat!
The photos all come from between 1900-1910 and are mostly set in Beijing. Sina emphasizes the somewhat more natural range of poses on display from these tourists. Nothing to document here!
To start things off, there’s this very understated group photo pose:
Group photo at the Temple of Heaven.
Then, how to look rad beside large statues without trying too hard:
Western Qing Tombs outside of Beijing.
Of course, then as much as today, Chinese people freaking love a good lion statue:
Outside of the Church of the Saviour in Beijing.
Inside the Yonghe Temple (Lama Temple) in Beijing.
We are pretty sure that this dude is taking a photo for his solo album cover:
On top of the Beijing Ancient Observatory.
The photos also feature some prime tourist hotspots in China looking a whole lot less hellish:
Summer Palace in Beijing.
Puning Temple in Chengde, Hebei.
And, of course, what would China be without those wacky foreigners:
A private imperial garden in what is now Jingshan Park in Beijing.
At the foot of Yuquan Hill in Beijing.
In front of the Old Shanghai Tea House.
Seems like we could all learn a thing or two from these turn of last century tourists.
For some more neat historical photos, check out these “time travel pics” from the Forbidden City.
by Alex Linder
[Images via Sina]