Nepal, famous for its ancient religious culture and rugged human landscape, has long been regarded as a photographer's creative paradise.
After the devastating earthquake many have taken a fresh look at past photos of Nepal to again feel the warmth of the beautiful land. China Daily, together with China Photographers Association, has invited five renowned photographers to "return" to Nepal.
Photographer Zhang Yanhong: I was momentarily transfixed by the shocking news of Nepal's 8.1-magnitude earthquake when taking photo of peonies in Zhongshan Park yesterday. Somehow, a little-known small white flower blooming by the side of a peony bed occupied me a long time.
This may happen just for missing such a beautiful country, a place where people there are poor but kind-hearted, a place full of Fakirs with very "professional look"… and lovely little children.
Photographer Jiang Biao: Being a pure land of natural beauty, Nepal has given me the most profound impression of goodness in its people, peace and optimism.
I was deeply saddened when informed of the severe earthquake that happened in Nepal.
Not least because a friendly nation of faith should not experience such a miserable catastrophe. May God bless a more peaceful world for the Nepalese people!
Photographer Cheng Weidong: Nepal, a small landlocked Asian country high in the Himalayas, is beautiful and unvarnished. Especially for me who has been traveling for decades around the Himalayan northern slopes in Tibet's 74 counties, the long desire for that place is self-evident.