While spring, summer and fall have their upsides, there’s no better time of year than winter. Overflowing mugs of eggnog and warm evenings by the fire are just the start–the season is full of family, warmth and an extra couple of days off of work. Winter also marks the start of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, which officially launches each January in Harbin, China, and is home to some of the world’s most breathtaking ice sculptures.
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Despite–or perhaps even because–of governmental censorship of the internet, China’s digital landscape is vast, abundant and growing. So much so that Tencent, a host site for everything from gaming to messaging, is the third largest internet entity in the world. What’s more, it has no Western counterpart.
Imagine a place where the word “sky” doesn’t conjure the color blue but an ashy grey. No, such a place isn’t in another planet or the set of a dystopian sci-fi film. That place is present-day China, a country now living and breathing the harsh effects of dogged industrialization. In northern China, the heavy use of coal coupled with the ever-increasing population has led to an alarmingly extreme case of air pollution. It’s so extreme, in fact, that a person’s life expectancy in northern China is a full five years shorter than someone residing in southern China. As the size of the middle class continues to balloon, there is an insatiable need for cheap and easy energy. Quickly turning to oil and gasoline for fuel and coal for heat, the Chinese love affair with fossil fuels has plunged an astounding amount of people into an atmosphere ripe with danger.
Never end up with bad Chinese take out ever again.
The Colossal Tides Of England’s Coast
In his Sea Change series, photographer Michael Marten captures the dynamism of landscapes and its effects on manmade structures as well as man in general. The original series was presented in diptych form, but to truly bring these changes to life Marten opted for a GIF format online. Says Marten, “I hope these photographs will increase awareness of natural change, of landscape as a dynamic process rather than a static image”. In our eyes, at least, Marten has accomplished these objectives. For more, be sure to visit My Modern Met.
A Single Man Stops an Entire Army
In 1989, perhaps due to the global collapse of communism or their exhaustion with their own version of it, students and citizens of China organized nation-wide sit-ins for democratization. As tensions grew higher, Chinese government officials enacted a series of martial laws in order to curb the tide against the ruling Comuunist Party.
By June 3rd, these tensions culminated and the government sent its military into Beijing to squelch the protests and their participants by any means necessary. For two days, forces shuffled out journalists and cracked down on their own people, killing anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand civilians.
On June 5th, in a show of military dominance, the army paraded their tanks down the empty streets, turrets erect. Just when it seemed that an oppressive government had cemented itself as invincible in the minds of its people, a lone man on his way home from shopping stood in the path of the tanks barreling down the avenue.
For what seemed like hours, the young man blocked the tanks’ progress and attempted to reason with the drivers before a small group of panicked citizens (or, if you’re journalist Charlie Cole, the Public Security Bureau) hurried him from out of the street. If you have never seen the video of the stare-down, take a few minutes to restore your faith in humanity.