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China then and now
Over the past 30 years China has been through drastic changes, most notably the economic reforms of the late 1970s and early 1980s, which brought with them shiny high-rise buildings and industrial centres where farms, markets and fishing villages once stood.

Reuters photographers have been documenting this transformation over the decades. In the above 1990 photograph, villagers attend a rally in Shaanxi province.
HONGKONG
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June 19, 2012
A rainbow arches over Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour June 19, 2012. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT...
Hong Kong, China
A rainbow arches over Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour
A rainbow arches over Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour June 19, 2012. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT CITYSPACE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
CHINA-AUTOS/
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July 11, 2013
Lines of cars are pictured during a rush hour traffic jam in central Shanghai July 11, 2013. Eight more...
Shanghai, China
Lines of cars are pictured during a rush hour traffic jam in central Shanghai
Lines of cars are pictured during a rush hour traffic jam in central Shanghai July 11, 2013. Eight more cities in China, the world's biggest auto market, are likely to announce policies restricting new vehicle purchases, an official at the automakers association said. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT)
CHINA
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May 23, 2010
Locals dance during a morning exercise session at the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing May 23, 2010....
Beijing, China
Locals dance during a morning exercise session at the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing
Locals dance during a morning exercise session at the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing May 23, 2010. REUTERS/Grace Liang (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
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October 19, 2012
Women apply make-up as they wait during the job fair for China Eastern Airlines flight attendants in...
Shanghai, China
Women apply make-up as they wait during the job fair for China Eastern Airlines flight attendants in...
Women apply make-up as they wait during the job fair for China Eastern Airlines flight attendants in Shanghai October 19, 2012. Some 2,000 people signed up for interviews as China Eastern Airlines planned to recruit 800 flight attendants from Shanghai, local media reported. REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT TRANSPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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August 11, 2009
Shop owner Gong Chui Zhen, 47, fixes trousers at the entrance to her shop in an old quarter of Shanghai...
Shanghai, China
Shop owner Gong Chui Zhen fixes trousers at the entrance to her shop in an old quarter of Shanghai
Shop owner Gong Chui Zhen, 47, fixes trousers at the entrance to her shop in an old quarter of Shanghai August 12, 2009. China's nationwide fiscal revenues rose 10.2 percent in July from a year earlier to 669.6 billion yuan ($97.98 billion), the Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA BUSINESS POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
LEISURE CHINA MUSIC
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July 19, 2006
Beijing-based punk foursome Subs' lead singer Kang Mao (L) and bassist Zhu Lei practise at their studio...
Beijing, China
To match feature LEISURE CHINA MUSIC
Beijing-based punk foursome Subs' lead singer Kang Mao (L) and bassist Zhu Lei practise at their studio on the outskirts of Beijing in this July 11, 2006 file photo. Like their music, the location of rock band Subs' rehearsal space will probably never be popular with mainstream Chinese. To match feature LEISURE CHINA MUSIC. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA)
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