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What was China before the arrival of “communism”. Photo

Каким был Китай до прихода "коммунизма". ФотоA selection of photos taken prior to 1949.

Rare photographs of China, made before 1949, is interesting evidence of original culture, which have not affected the process of globalization. Bandaged legs in women, men with long braids, actors, and musicians in traditional attire, warriors in armour… All this can be seen in this fascinating slideshow.

Каким был Китай до прихода "коммунизма". Фото

The girls in the classroom at the Studio theatre, the Beijing Opera. Beijing, 1934

Каким был Китай до прихода "коммунизма". Фото

Dragon. Students clambering over each other’s shoulders. Beijing, 1902

Not to say that China is the only country that has experienced a fundamental transformation in the twentieth century. The process of globalization has absorbed many of the original culture, traditions and customs of the “old world” was destroyed and recreated again. However, China is one of the most heavily altered States.

Каким был Китай до прихода "коммунизма". Фото

Men with packs of tea behind. With such a weight of over 130 kg they often traveled more than 100 miles. Sichuan, 1908

The Communist government in China was established in 1949 and the Great proletarian cultural revolution lasted a decade, beginning in 1966. In these years everything was destroyed, associated with the Qing dynasty and the Republic of China. The war was declared to customs, culture, traditions and ideas from the past.

Каким был Китай до прихода "коммунизма". Фото

The actor’s corpse Peking Opera. Unknown location picture, 1919

Каким был Китай до прихода "коммунизма". Фото

Two men posing for snapshot. In the hand of one of them an ancient musical instrument Erhu. Hong Kong, 1901

The youth suddenly perceived their culture as an outdated, ideological inspirers of the revolution have made efforts to organize a demonstration of the action to burning books, destroying religious relics. Gradually eradicated the culture of national minorities. Peking Opera has become a propaganda tribune, the place of classical poetry took the revolutionary writings of Lu Xun and the “Little red book” of Mao Zedong, is the traditional clothing of most men was wearing a military uniform.

Каким был Китай до прихода "коммунизма". Фото

Men posing with camels. Camels were the main transportation before the advent of good roads and railway communication. Beijing, 1901

Каким был Китай до прихода "коммунизма". Фото

Girl with a fan. Beijing, CA. 1861 – 1864.

Каким был Китай до прихода "коммунизма". Фото

Каким был Китай до прихода "коммунизма". Фото

Public punishment. In Communist China flogging criminals condemned as an example of the brutality of the Qing Empire. Unknown location, 1900

Каким был Китай до прихода "коммунизма". Фото

A woman with a child on the market. Hong Kong, 1946

Каким был Китай до прихода "коммунизма". Фото

Mongolians in traditional attire. During the cultural revolution, on charges of separatism suffered almost 23 thousand residents of Inner Mongolia. Hebei, 1909

Каким был Китай до прихода "коммунизма". Фото

Tibetan Princess. The oppression and the sinification of Tibet has led to a massive uprising against the Communist government in 1959. Tibet, 1879

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