Chinese Architecture, Old and New

The growth of China's massive population has slowed in recent years, but migration to urban areas has increased, with almost half of China's 1.3 billion people living in or near cities. A booming economy, government housing initiatives, infrastructure programs, and private real estate speculation have all driven construction to record levels. New apartment, office, and government buildings regularly rise up over older neighborhoods, and thousands have relocated to modern housing complexes. The blend of old and new Chinese architecture is ever-present in cities and villages, as older buildings are torn down and newer ones built at ever faster rates. The images below show glimpses of Chinese architecture, both traditional and modern, as it appears today.

Read more
Hints: View this page full screen. Skip to the next and previous photo by typing j/k or ←/→.

Most Recent

  • Left: Daniel Dal Zennaro / ANSA via AP - Right: Alessandro Garofalo / Reuters

    Anger and Wonder on Display at Expo 2015

    Expo 2015 officially opened in Milan, Italy, on May 1. As visitors had their first views of pavilions and displays from countries and corporations around the world, thousands of "NoExpo" protesters took to the streets.

  • CC BY SA/Joe Pyrek

    The Forgotten Pyramids of Meroë

    In a desert in eastern Sudan, along the banks of the Nile River, lies a collection of nearly 200 ancient pyramids - many of them tombs of the kings and queens of the Meroitic Kingdom which ruled the area for more than 900 years.

  • Eric Thayer/ Reuters

    Photos of the Week: 4/25-5/1

    This week we have images from the disaster in Nepal, a pangolin released into the wild in Sumatra, the protests in Baltimore, a rainbow in Bolivia, unrest in Burundi, newlyweds in Egypt, May Day protests in Turkey, and much more.

  • Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters

    Rescue and Recovery in Nepal

    Five days have passed since Nepal suffered a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, and rescue teams are still discovering trapped victims alive in the rubble and rescuing them.

Join the Discussion