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Au-revoir China

Downtown shopping

Downtown shopping en pendant

Chairman Mao

Chairman Mao

I have been on my own 4 day long in Harbin, without understanding a word and without being understood. Shops signs, bus stops and restaurant menus lost their meaning. The connection to the outer world turned flimsy. Still, several times I have been asked to pose for a souvenir picture with strangers. I had my fun playing the exotic creature with locals. And whenever I gestured for shooting a picture to someone else either in downtown, slums or rural areas, I always received a smile back. How warm was my human experience in Harbin, despite the constant -20 °C. Au-revoir, China!

Here below the full list of the reportage “Detour to China“. Pictures shot by Lorenzo Borghi, reportage edit by Maria Francesca.

  1. China Red
  2. Smoky days
  3. Sometimes … sticky sticks
  4. Life in plastic
  5. United workers of the PRC
  6. Antithesis
  7. Take a walk on the white side
  8. Organized Chaos
  9. Lights on ice
  10. Blocked
  11. You must leave your hat on
  12. Layers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Layers

Lost in Harbin

Lost in Harbin

HI speed trains through the new Harbin

HI speed trains through the new Harbin

Metropolis

Metropolis

Wooden stairs inside Harbin Opera House

Wooden stairs inside Harbin Opera House

On the frozen road to Harbin airport

On the frozen road to Harbin airport

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You must leave your hat on

Hot day today, my flaps're up!

Hot day today, my flaps’re up!

Do you wanna ride with me?

Do you wanna ride with me?

Smile :)

Cheese 🙂

Coachman? Soldier? At your service

Coachman? Soldier? At your service

Give me your hat, dude

Give me your hat, dude

Sparkling love

Sparkling love

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Blocked

Traffic outgoing

Traffic outgoing

A car wrapped for winter

A car wrapped for winter

No bricks left? Glass bottles will do it!

No bricks left? Glass bottles will do it!

Ice blocks cut out of the frozen river: Harbin ice festival is going to start!

Ice blocks cut out of the frozen river: Harbin ice festival is going to start!

Frozen shores

Frozen shores

Harbin skyline and cable car from the frozen Songhua river

Harbin skyline and cable car from the frozen Songhua river

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Lights on ice

On the frozen Songhua  river and outside the Opera House Harbin

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Organized chaos

Street bar

Street bar

Warning signs

Warning signs

Please have a sofa...

Please have a sofa…

... or just a chair

… or just a chair

A-maze-ing

A-maze-ing

The Chaos organizer

The Chaos organizer

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Take a walk on the white side

Several months at low temperatures open new spaces in Harbin, from the frozen Songhua river to the city canals.

Pulled and relaxed

Pulled and relaxed

On the canal, walking through the city

On the canal, walking through the city

Big spaces allow equal distances

Big spaces allow equal distances

Summer boat cruises postponed

Summer boat cruises postponed

Groupies

Groupies

Come and walk on the frozen white side

Come and walk on the frozen white side

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Antithesis


Do you marry me ? (Main street / Courtyard, residential area)

 


Overpopulation… everywhere (rich and poor suburbs of Harbin)

 


Two by two (inside the Opera House of Harbin / outside frozen-chicken street-market)

 


Material matters (Harbin skyline from the roof of the Opera House / a night at the Opera!)

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United workers of the PRC

New tires, all sizes!

New tires, all sizes!

All the plastic boxes you need

All the plastic boxes you need

Express courier? Maybe!

Express courier? Maybe!

It's a dirty job but somebody has to do it

It’s a dirty job but somebody has to do it

You trash I recycle

You trash I recycle

We are workers of Harbin, China

We are workers of Harbin, from the People Republic of China

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Life in plastic

At -20 °C each “aria di fessura” is “aria di sepoltura”, which in Italian means winds through a slit bring to the grave. Winter in Harbin often brings the temperature down to -20°C and below. Plastic foils and tape are therefore applied to doors, booths, windows, tut-tucs and wherever no slits are welcome.

Street restaurants wrapped for winter

Street restaurants wrapped for winter

Dormitory doors

One door is cold enough

Recycling shops in the suburbs

Recycling shops in the suburbs

For a big plastic foil, you need a big tape

For a big plastic foil, you need a big tape

Winter ready tuc-tuc

Winter ready tuc-tuc

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