2018 Award Finalist: A Small City That Is Changing, by Wang Pan

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2018 Documentary Award Finalist

A Small City That Is Changing, by Wang Pan

An ordinary Chinese town is losing its original appearance in the development. Change or not – this question confuses everyone, including the city itself.

Covering a total area of 915 square kilometers, the foot of Lishan mountain, spur of Qinling Mountain, belongs to Lintong District of Xi’an province and more than 700 hundred people live here. There are various historical tourist resources here: Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, Terra-Cotta Warriors, Lishan Mountain, Feast at Hong Gate, Huaqing Pool, Forced Remonstration Pavilion and so on. Like most cities in China, this place is also experiencing great changes in the background of China’s modernization. From 2016 to now, I went back to my hometown Lintong, for several times to record the significant changes of this small city.

The small city in my old memory no longer exists in the process of urbanization. Farmlands turn into commercial houses and construction sites, and the farmers losing their land move to high-rise buildings. The famous pomegranate orchard is full of wild grass and its owner is waiting for the compensation given by the government for land expropriation. There is an increasing number of idle people in the streets. People are gradually living a urban lifestyle.

At present, many Chinese cities are experiencing an integration of tradition and modernity, resulting in people’s changing lifestyles. How to choose between rural and urban areas, stay and departure, land and commerce, modernity and tradition, history or the present haunts and affects everyone.



Wang Pan, male, 38 years old, Chinese independent photographer. He has more than 10 years experience in news media. He is good at filming and themed stories. In recent years, photography awards have been awarded many times. In recent years, important photographic exhibitions at home and abroad have been active. Personal photography includes respiratory room, night club, big Qinling Mountains and small town.

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A Small City That Is Changing, by Wang Pan [China] is a Documentary Award Finalist in the Invisible Photographer Asia Awards 2018. View more 2018 Awards Finalists.

The Invisible Photographer Awards 2018 is proudly supported by G-Technology AP, Sony Singapore, GetIT Comms, Grenadier Press, Exactly Foundation, Photo Kathmandu, Spoon Creative and Objectifs – Centre for Photography and Film.

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