Books: Going Home to China's Abandoned Nuclear city

By David Schonauer   Friday September 20, 2019

Photographer Li Yang’s hometown is named, simply, 404. Built in 1958 in the Gansu province of northeast China and situated within the sandy plains of the Gobi desert, it was China’s largest nuclear base and had a population of nearly 100,000. Now it is abandoned. Yang was born in 404 in 1984 and lived there for 19 years until he moved to Sichuan to study computer science. Between 2013 and 2016 he visited the city to photograph its haunting remains, notes the British Journal of Photography. The result is his book 404 Not Found.

Read the whole story at British Journal of Photography.


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