Author(s): A Paul
History is marked by great moments of human achievement, of epic triumph against all odds, and China's Long March was one of the most momentous. For two years from 1934 to 1936, the Red Army retreated across the wilds of China, battling nationalist forces and struggling to stay alive in impossibly harsh conditions. Of the 86,000 people who embarked on the 10,000-kilometre journey across the length and breadth of China, less than 4000 survived. It was a dramatic flight that turned almost certain defeat into victory, setting in place the leadership, tactics and spirit of the coming Chinese Revolution. CHINA: THE NEW LONG MARCH revisits the original route of the Long March and portrays the country today through the eyes of a celebrated team of Chinese and international photographers. Their images capture the people and places of modern-day China as it rushes into the 21st century while holding onto traditions from past centuries and honouring the spirit of the Long March For over 75 years the Chinese people have looked to the story of the Long March for inspiration - in somewhat the same way Australians see Gallipoli. This unique and visually breathtaking insight into a country that has undergone monumental change over the past 75 years, and an uplifting and at times moving portrait of the ordinary people adapting in the face of change.