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See China through these impeccable satellite images

The Guardian recently published a report mentioning more than 100 cities of China, that have the population size of over one million. 119 of these cities are bigger than Liverpool. According to the report, the size and population of China can be mind-bendingly confusing, and it can be hard to put things into perspective. Here are some of the best satellite images of China.

1Yuncheng, Shanxi Province

Between two worlds: a salt lake, coloured red by algae is split by a road in Yuncheng, Shanxi Province.


Delivery men attend a training session in Shanghai. What they’re training for is unclear.

3Binzhou, Hunan Province

Scrapped motorbikes are seen piled up at a scrapyard in Binzhou, Hunan Province.

4Zhangye, Gansu Province

There are worse places for a jog: here, runners hit the trail inside Danxia National Geological Park, in Zhangye, Gansu Province. The geological park is known for its colourful and special rock formations.

5Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province

Flower power in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province.

6Chengdu, Sichuan Province

People assemble a 185-metre-long “carpet” with different coloured sweets in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. There’s also a Giant Panda sculpture.

7Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region

Red chilli is dried in the sun in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

8City of Taiyuan

A change in the wind: scrapped taxis sit idle as the city of Taiyuan converts to electric taxis.

9Dongyang, Zhejiang Province

Workers pick tea leaves at a plantation in Dongyang, Zhejiang Province.

10Guangzhou, Guangdong Province

Villagers feast to celebrate moving back after demolition and rebuilding in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province.

11Changchun, Jilin Province

Thousands of new Audis sit in a car park in Changchun, Jilin Province.

12Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province

Here, quilts for Alibaba Group’s employees are dried in a yard in preparation for shopping on 11:11, “Singles’ Day,” in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.

13Dengfeng, Henan Province

Students from a martial arts school practice Shaolin Kung Fu in Dengfeng, Henan Province.

14Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province

People burn joss paper money as they pray at a public cemetery during Qingming Festival or Tomb Sweeping Festival in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province.

15Gui’an New District, Guizhou Province

Beautiful cherry blossom is seen along a road in Gui’an New District, Guizhou Province.

16Dening, Fujian Province

Tea leaves dry in Dening, Fujian Province.

17Xi’an, Shaanxi Province

A man uses electric rods to catch fish at a river junction in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province. Due to inadequate sewage treatment, Zao River takes in 60% of the city’s sewage and discharges 80 tonnes of it into Wei River, the largest branch of Yellow River.

18Jinan, Shandong Province

This photo shows the world record being set for the largest group of people having beauty treatment in the same location. 1000 women were given a 30 minutes facial massage in Jinan, Shandong Province.

19Shenyang, Liaoning Province

Many, many Chevrolets are lined up at a General Motors parking lot in Shenyang, Liaoning Province.

20Outskirts of Shanghai

Here’s China in rice, cultivated on the outskirts of Shanghai.

21Taizhou, Zhejiang Province

Boats anchor and prepare to weather Typhoon Chan-Hom as it approaches Taizhou, Zhejiang Province. Chinese authorities suspended train services, closed schools, and brought trawlers back to port.

22Ningbo, Zhejiang Province

Boats set out from port as the seasonal fishing ban ends in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province.