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article imagePhoto Essay: Faces of China Special

By Lonna Lisa Williams     Jun 1, 2014 in World
I've been teaching English in China for nine months now, and I've traveled from the south to the north, taking photos of interesting Chinese people along the way.
China is made up of many types of people, from the majority Han to minorities like the Tibetans, Mongolians, and Uyghur (who are related to Turks). In the south of China, Cantonese dialects are spoken among various groups that do not speak the majority Mandarin Chinese language. Some Chinese have brown or yellowish complexions, while others look whiter. In fact, a fashion trend is for Chinese women to use cosmetics to whiten their skin). Some Chinese are short and thin, and others are tall and heavy. From children to adults to older people, each Chinese face has a story to tell. In my travels from the south to the north, many Chinese people asked me to pose with them in photos, for some places in China do not get many European or American visitors. Even in Beijing, at the famous tourist attractions and on the wind-swept Great Wall, people wanted photos with me. Enjoy my portraits of the lively Chinese.
A Chinese girl carefully colors her English assignment in class
A Chinese girl carefully colors her English assignment in class
A Chinese boy  wearing spring colors  does his homework at a northeast McDonald s restaurant
A Chinese boy, wearing spring colors, does his homework at a northeast McDonald's restaurant
Some Chinese students misbehave
Some Chinese students misbehave
A Chinese teacher gets into the spirit of Halloween
A Chinese teacher gets into the spirit of Halloween
Chinese teachers pose at a private school in southern China
Chinese teachers pose at a private school in southern China
This Chinese couple partly hide behind the huge bouquet he gave his sweetheart
This Chinese couple partly hide behind the huge bouquet he gave his sweetheart
A Chinese woman poses with a horse in a Beijing shopping mall.  2014 is the  year of the horse.
A Chinese woman poses with a horse in a Beijing shopping mall. 2014 is the "year of the horse."
A young Chinese woman poses at the bar in a Beijing hotel
A young Chinese woman poses at the bar in a Beijing hotel
A Chinese teenager poses with Lonna Lisa Williams on the Great Wall near Beijing
A Chinese teenager poses with Lonna Lisa Williams on the Great Wall near Beijing
The Chinese grandma who climbed the Great Wall with her cane
The Chinese grandma who climbed the Great Wall with her cane
Lonna Lisa Williams with her tired tour group at the exit of Prince Gong Mansion
Lonna Lisa Williams with her tired tour group at the exit of Prince Gong Mansion
Our Beijing tour bus driver
Our Beijing tour bus driver
Young women in traditional attire greet customers at an upscale restaurant in Beijing
Young women in traditional attire greet customers at an upscale restaurant in Beijing
A waitress wears traditional clothes in an upscale Beijing restaurant
A waitress wears traditional clothes in an upscale Beijing restaurant
A fashionable Chinese woman at a shopping mall in the northeast
A fashionable Chinese woman at a shopping mall in the northeast
Medical students pose in a cafe in Jilin  China
Medical students pose in a cafe in Jilin, China
Chinese women greeters at a fancy hotel in the northeast of China
Chinese women greeters at a fancy hotel in the northeast of China
A Chinese bride poses with her American husband at their wedding reception
A Chinese bride poses with her American husband at their wedding reception
Grandparents  parents  and a daughter pose together in Jilin Province  northeast China
Grandparents, parents, and a daughter pose together in Jilin Province, northeast China
Dentists and assistants pose together in a dental office in northeast China
Dentists and assistants pose together in a dental office in northeast China
A Chinese teacher poses with high school students in Jilin  China
A Chinese teacher poses with high school students in Jilin, China
Chinese high school students from Jilin pose with their newly painted Easter eggs
Chinese high school students from Jilin pose with their newly painted Easter eggs
A Chinese model poses at a shopping mall in Jilin  China
A Chinese model poses at a shopping mall in Jilin, China
Chinese photographers gather to take photos of a model in a Jilin shopping mall
Chinese photographers gather to take photos of a model in a Jilin shopping mall
A high school student greets parents for an event in Jilin  China
A high school student greets parents for an event in Jilin, China
A stylish family poses inside the Forbidden City in Beijing
A stylish family poses inside the Forbidden City in Beijing
A mother poses with her child in Beijing s Forbidden City
A mother poses with her child in Beijing's Forbidden City
A Chinese greeter at a Jilin shopping mall offers treats for early customers
A Chinese greeter at a Jilin shopping mall offers treats for early customers
A Chinese waitress at a Jilin restaurant
A Chinese waitress at a Jilin restaurant
Chinese salon stylists in Jilin
Chinese salon stylists in Jilin
A mother and her daughter pose at Beijing s Summer Palace
A mother and her daughter pose at Beijing's Summer Palace
A Chinese soldier stands guard near the portrait of Chairman Mao at Tiananmen Square
A Chinese soldier stands guard near the portrait of Chairman Mao at Tiananmen Square
A Chinese soldier among the crowds in Tiananmen Squire  Beijing
A Chinese soldier among the crowds in Tiananmen Squire, Beijing
Lonna Lisa Williams poses with some Chinese girls in Tiananmen Square
Lonna Lisa Williams poses with some Chinese girls in Tiananmen Square
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