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Dancing by the West Lake

In this photo from 1998, locals of Hangzhou dance in a small open area near the city’s famed West Lake (西湖 xī hú). The area around the picturesque lake, reflected upon endlessly in poetry and painting, is dotted with temples, pagodas, gardens, and artificial islands. It is a World Heritage Site and a popular tourist attraction.

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Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita is an award-winning photographer who has been shooting for National Geographic magazine for more than 30 years. He specialized in Asia after spending seven years in the region following his graduation from Wesleyan University.