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China: mud flats in the viewfinder

Xiapu (China) (AFP)

A breathtaking landscape, especially at dawn, but on condition that you can sneak behind a wall of photographers ... In southeast China, the mud flats of Fujian province have become an attraction major for telephoto fades.

For centuries, the people of Xiapu have lived on seafood, which they collect in endless mud flats covered at high tide and cleared at low tide.

But at sunrise, the sound of waves and wind is covered by the click of hundreds of cameras. Xiapu has become a "spot" for photography enthusiasts in China.

There is what: the ebb and flow flow in the middle of a labyrinth of nets in which the residents collect algae.

Planted on bamboo stakes, the nets stretch as far as the eye can see between islands, rocks and sandbanks that dot the landscape, drawing strange geometric shapes.

"The spectacle of the sunrise over the sea and the fishing boats on the horizon mesmerizes me," said Liu Hong, a retiree from the north of the country, hundreds of kilometers away.

According to the local press, no less than 400,000 photographers, professional or amateur, visited the site in 2016 - a figure that can only increase with the increase in living standards and the number of retirees.

© 2019 AFP

Source: france24

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