February 24, 2014

Study Hall

Photograph by Tian-yu Xiong, National Geographic Your Shot

"As a local born and raised in Beijing, I love to capture the historical moments that arise in the capital city," says Your Shot contributor Tian-yu Xiong. "This photograph was taken in the National Library of China, which resides in the middle of Haidian, also known as the educational district of Beijing. As I was wandering the hallways of the library I noticed the astonishing view and repetitive lines present in the architecture. The massive amount of people reading books and studying quietly with electronic devices by their sides also drew my attention to this stunning moment."

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83 comments
lian chavda
lian chavda

so many people with their head down lol

Angela O
Angela O

I went to Beijing. It's ashame I missed this in my travels.

Gabriele Scalise
Gabriele Scalise

Wow! That's really impressive: so precise and squared...

helen crowcroft
helen crowcroft

Yes the guy in green does appear to have passed out...a bit of a "wheres Wally puzzle" !..good spotting!

Angie Lebel
Angie Lebel

this is such an interesting photo ! 

Scott Henrie
Scott Henrie

That would be both heaven and hell for me... I love studying knowledge and learning, but I hate being around large groups of people!

Alan Webb
Alan Webb

Amazing photo. (There are quite a few people sleeping).

Mitali Sinha Roy
Mitali Sinha Roy

By hook, or by crook,I wanna go there and would study there and I know that  all will agree with me about that, the hall is realy worthy of praise.

Ruth Aguiar
Ruth Aguiar

Impressive hall, and excellent photo. I guess we could put the study hall I had in the University about 20 or 30 times just inside that frame.

ashraful shyamal
ashraful shyamal

this is the first time ever i saw this type of big a study hall..my god,,,its huge...also make this picture huge by a great photography skill..thanks for sharing .

Joel Bhatt
Joel Bhatt

It's almost surreal to see a place this open and full of learning. A fantastic piece of architecture.

Aldo C.
Aldo C.

This is how I imagine paradise

William Givens
William Givens

We could all spend more time in a place like this.  

Janice H.
Janice H.

Outstanding geometric shot!      Fascinating to look at and observe all the different aspects of this photograph.      So neat and tidy.     

Sam Iam
Sam Iam

great shoot, the place is wonderful

Chris Truong
Chris Truong

Nice Shot and nice composition !

But interesting thing when you know that the communist party of China burnt 5000 years of knowledge and litterature during succesive reforms of Cultural Revolution.

I'm just curious to know what kind of books there is are in this enormous library.

Shannon T
Shannon T

My favorite thing about this "Study Hall" photo is all the people sleeping. It reminds me of most of my study halls back in the day.

Deborah Garcia
Deborah Garcia

I find the one unoccuppied computer/desk an interesting point in the crowded scene.  Very interesting.

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