China 30 Years Ago
Though I have worked in China since 1974 for over 40 years, this year marks CERS’ 30th and it seems appropriate to revisit that special year 1986 with a gallery of photos from that era.
The year started off with my coverage of the lower Yangtze for the National Geographic, followed by the first CERS expedition to China’s southern border provinces of Guizhou and Yunnan.
Returning to visit the Dong and Miao minorities during a festive month yielded some superb pictures, as well as ethnographic objects and costumes to enrich our growing photo archive and artifact collection. The visit to the Dai people of Xishuangbanna and the Dehong Jingpo people followed with additional results.
I flew to Lhasa as guest of Tibet Secretary General Mr Yang Haudi. I was allowed to photograph inside the Potala Palace, including the inner sanctum of the Dalai Lama’s residence and bed room, an area not open to the public, and rarely seen even by insiders.
These illustrious images seem a very promising overture of what were to come later for a young and vibrant organization, the China Exploration & Research Society, now known as CERS.