Mid West’s attractions capture Chinese interest

Staff reporterGeraldton Guardian
Through the Dragon’s Eyes showcases Geraldton and surrounds through the lens of Chinese photographers.
Camera IconThrough the Dragon’s Eyes showcases Geraldton and surrounds through the lens of Chinese photographers. Credit: Supplied

It’s no secret Chinese visitors to Geraldton have been “tickled pink” by the Pink Lake.

Local air charters that do Port Gregory flyover tours report East Asian clientele numbers are booming.

Meng Fei, a popular Chinese TV host, plans to drop into the Mid West to visit the lake this month.

And on Friday, a Chinese photography exhibition showcasing the lake, as well as other bush and coast landscapes, opened at Geraldton Museum.

Through the Dragon’s Eyes features 40 photos taken by 22 photographers from the Zhongyi Photography Club, who have snapped images of Geraldton, Lancelin, Cervantes, Northampton and Kalbarri.

Mayor Shane Van Styn said the region was on track to become a popular destination for people who want to take pictures of unique and untainted landscapes.

“We are attracting more and more photographers who are discovering Western Australia as the perfect place for amazing photography due to the unique landscape and pristine natural environment,” he said.

“Not only do we have some of the most stunning landscapes in the world here on the Coral Coast, but we also boast clear skies which is perfect for capturing the stars and night sky.

“People from the region tend to see these landscapes every single day and become desensitised to the unique beauty.

“So it’s great to have international guests, some seeing our region for the very first time, capturing the amazing Coral Coast.

The Zhongyi Photography Club is a 16-year-old club with more than 15,000 professional and semi-professional photographers who take pictures in the United States, Canada, Russia, Turkey, Myanmar, Spain, Israel, Cambodia, Japan and other countries.

The exhibition will be on display at Geraldton Museum until May 12.

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