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EXHIBITION: Reform & Dreams; 40 Years of Reform and Opening Up

10 December 2018

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Year five student Chen Yue (right), also an actress of a local children's Peking Opera troupe, takes a selfie after performance in Haimen, east China’s Jiangsu Province. (Xinhua/Huang Zhe)

Reform and Dream: A Photographic Celebration of China's Reform and Opening Up


A brand new free photography exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of China’s Reform and Opening up will launch on Monday 10 December at London’s Kings Cross Station.

Commissioned by the China International Culture & Image Communication Corporation “Reform and Dreams” will feature 80 stunning individual photographs taken over the last 40 years by photographers of the Xinhua News Agency, China’s biggest and most influential media organisation. Giving a unique insight into the lives of Chinese people, this is the first time the images have been shown together and many have never been seen before in the United Kingdom.


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Retirees chat over tea in a courtyard in Langzhong in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. ©(Xinhua/Chen)

Each of the 80 images capture offer insight into daily life in China since 1978 and showcase the close relationship between China and the United Kingdom, over what has proven to be an extraordinary time of change to China’s development path. Together the images show the power of the Chinese people and detail how Reform and Opening Up in China have enabled its people aspire to better lives and explore beyond their borders.

For a limited time only, this free photography exhibition will be positioned throughout the concourse of London’s King’s Cross station before going on to tour to Paris.


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On May 8, 2008, the Olympic torch relay team reaches the summit of Mount Qomolangma, the first time the torch has arrived at the world's highest peak. ©(Xinhua/Nyima Cering)

Mr Gu, Chief of Xinhua’s London Bureau comments: “Never before has such a unique photographic celebration of China’s Reform and Opening Up been brought to London. With this exhibition we want to show a developing China, and the optimism and enthusiasm of Chinese people in the process of this development.
“Every Chinese person has played their part in these 40 years of history. Their dreams have converged to form the irresistible power that has propelled China’s development. This exhibition tells the stories of the lives of these ordinary Chinese people for whom past four decades have meant so much.”

Exhibition: 10 - 16 December 2019

Free, on the Station Concourse, London King's Cross

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