The 21st Pingyao International Photography Festival kicked off Sunday (September 19) in Pingyao, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site known for its well-preserved ancient architecture, in north China’s Shanxi Province.

Themed “Wonderful World and Beautiful China” this year, the week-long festival has attracted more than 8,000 works of 1,679 photographers from 26 countries and regions. A total of 18 exhibitions will take place during the festival.

As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the festival will present an exhibition featuring 100 photos from 100 photographers concerning the past 100 years to showcase the history of the CPC.

Due to the epidemic, the festival will mainly take place online this year, said the organizing committee.

Launched in 2001, the annual festival has attracted photographers from more than 100 countries and regions, and it is considered an important stage for cross-cultural communication.