International Photo Festival in Chinese ancient city

Here is a cheerful event for anyone who is interested in the art of photography. The 12th Pingyao International Photography Festival (PIP) opened today in the ancient section of the city of Pingyao in Shanxi Province.  It’s the first time that the development of photography in the Nordic countries, United Kingdom, and New Zealand has been exhibited at the festival.

With over 1,700 exhibitors from China and abroad, more than 13,000 images by professional and amateur photographers from 45 countries are displayed in 332 shows during the seven-day festival.

National pavilions showcasing the development of photography and local customs in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and four Nordic countries have been set up for the first time, according to the festival’s organizing committee.

The 2,700-year-old Pingyao, located 616 kilometers southwest to Beijing, was listed as a world heritage site by the UNESCO in 1997.

“The ancient city will, again, become a paradise for photographers to communicate and have fun,” said Hu Suping, head of the publicity department of the Shanxi Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China.

“We are always endeavoring to keep the festival global, professional and diversified,” Hu said.

During the past 11 years, the annual festival has attracted more than 32,700 Chinese and foreign photographers and exhibited over 150,000 photographs.

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