A photographer focuses on his view of 2020

Jiang Xiaowei
SHINE photographer Jiang Xiaowei looks back on this most unusual year by selecting some of his favorite photographs taken over the past 12 months. 
Jiang Xiaowei

2020 is finally coming to an end and images of special moments are flashing back in my brain — empty streets, tributes in Metro trains. I felt not only anxiety and frustration, but also hope and warmth. Many times, I had only one thought, to capture those moments, no matter whether they were fleeting or ever-lasting.

January

A photographer focuses on his view of 2020
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The Bund was almost empty on January 30 after Shanghai implemented tough COVID-19 control measures by closing tourist, cultural and entertainment venues.

February

A photographer focuses on his view of 2020
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Medical staff bid farewell to a 7-month-old COVID-19 patient at the Children's Hospital of Fudan University on February 20.

March 

A photographer focuses on his view of 2020
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People take snapshots of cherry blossom through railings at Jing'an Sculpture Park on March 5. All parks had been closed due to COVID-19.

April 

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On April 4, passengers observe three minutes of silence on Metro Line 1 to mourn those who died of COVID-19.

May

A photographer focuses on his view of 2020
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People shop at a street fair on Anyi Road on May 30. Beginning with outdoor events, businesses gradually returned to normal after closing for more than four months.

June 

A photographer focuses on his view of 2020
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Children at Wanlicheng Experimental Kindergarten have socially distanced morning tea after public kindergartens reopened on June 2.

July 

A photographer focuses on his view of 2020
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The Shanghai-Suzhou-Nantong high-speed railway began trial operation on July 1, cutting the travel time between Shanghai and Nantong in neighboring Jiangsu Province from three and a half hours to one. The Shanghai-Suzhou-Nantong Yangtze River Bridge is the world's first with a span of more than 1,000 kilometers for both vehicles and trains.

August

A photographer focuses on his view of 2020
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Visitors to Sihang Warehouse leave flowers, cigarettes, wine and national flags to pay respect to the Chinese soldiers who battled Japanese invaders there in 1937. The wartime memorial along Suzhou Creek became a hotspot after the release of the movie "The Eight Hundred."

September 

A photographer focuses on his view of 2020
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With the daughter on his shoulders, a man walks along the eastern extension of Nanjing Road Pedestrian Mall on September 12, the day it officially opened to the public.

October 

A photographer focuses on his view of 2020
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Foreign scientists attend the opening ceremony of the World Laureates Forum online on October 30. Nearly 140 scientists, including Nobel Prize winners, gave speeches and attended summits.

November 

A photographer focuses on his view of 2020
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Residents in Yingqian Village line up behind a cordon on the evening of November 23 before a 14-day lockdown was lifted. The village, with 3,000 households, was quarantined after a resident tested positive for COVID-19 on November 9.

December 

A photographer focuses on his view of 2020
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An aerial view of Suzhou Creek on December 9. The riverside development project is due to be completed by the end of the year.

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