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March 15, 2022

Fascinating Vintage Black and White Photos of China in 1982

In December 1982, Simon Nowicki went to China with the Australia-China Friendship society on a Chinese government-approved guided tour, as this was the only way to visit the country at the time.

It was six years after the death of Chairman Mao and the end of the Cultural Revolution. China was beginning to open up to the West. Nowicki and his fellow travelers were taken to rural villages, schools, old age homes, hospitals and invited to visit families in their homes as well as to iconic cultural sites such as the Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China.

“Everywhere we went local people were keen to engage with us, some wanting to practice their English and many curious to see what we were purchasing in shops and stores.” He recalled.

Take a look back at the country in 1982 through these fantastic black and white pictures. For more photographs, visit Nowicki's brilliant Flickr site.

(via Flashbak)


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