After class this week, I asked students to make a few personal recordings for The Sound of China. The result is a combination of "Messages for Saint Mary's" mixed in with a few answers to the Proust Questionnaire.
Twenty-five floors above the Jingyi District of Guangzhou, the cacophony of the streets below echoes through canyons of tall apartment towers.
Every morning and evening, older ladies gather in public spaces across China to dance to popular traditional songs. According to state media, as many as 100 million women regularly participate in this daily ritual.
With less than two weeks to go until Dragon Boat Festival, a team is practicing on the calm waters of the Pearl River. As the boat passes under a bridge, a small crowd gathers to shout out words of encouragement:
"Jiāyóu!/ 加油!", meaning "do your best!"
Waiting for a summer thundershower to pass, people congregate under a bridge that crosses the Pearl River. A man calls someone and sings into the phone...
As ominious thunderclouds approach, hundreds of people promenade around Huacheng Square in central Guangzhou, which is lined with attractions including the Guangzhou Opera House, the Guangdong Museum and the remarkable Guangzhou Library.
The night market on Friday in Zhuhai is a riot of colours, smells, and sounds...
The gardens and fountains around this temple offer respite from the oppressive late afternoon heat.
A monk at Zhuhai Putuo Temple rings a bell and taps a drum as he silently recites scripture.
The sounds of the evening chorus as the sun sets over the mountains.
A chorus of cicadas and birds brings alive this bamboo copse on the campus of BNUZ.
On the campus of Guangzhou Sport University, students play basketball late into the night. During this recording, announcements are made in Mandarin, Cantonese and English advising that the facilities are about to close for the night.