Reform & Dreams: A photographic celebration of daily life in China since 1978

A new exhibition has launched at London's Kings Cross today to celebrate the 40th anniversary of China’s "Reform and Opening Up" – a series of economic reforms termed "Socialism with Chinese characteristics".

Commissioned by the China International Culture & Image Communication Corporation, Reform and Dreams features 80 stunning photographs taken over the last four decades by photographers of the Xinhua News Agency, China’s biggest and most influential media organisation. Giving a unique insight into the lives of Chinese people, this is the first time the images have been shown together and many have never been seen before in the UK.

Each of the 80 images offers insight into daily life in China since 1978 and showcases the close relationship between China and the UK, over what has proven to be an extraordinary time of change to China’s development path. Together, they show the power of the Chinese and detail how Reform and Opening Up in China has enabled its people to aspire to better lives and explore beyond their borders.

For a limited time only, this free photography exhibition, will be positioned throughout the concourse of London’s King’s Cross station before going on to tour to Paris.

"Every Chinese person has played their part in these 40 years of history," says Mr Gu, Chief of Xinhua’s London Bureau. "Their dreams have converged to form the irresistible power that has propelled China’s development. This exhibition tells the stories of the lives of these ordinary Chinese people for whom past four decades have meant so much."