Chinese / Republic of China ( Taiwan)

Beijing you
(Tour of Beijing)

Sun, Xinyu (Joyce Sun) (text/illus.)
Taibei: Xiao lu wen hua (Tien-Wei Publishing
Company), 2013. – [40] p.
(Series: Xiao lu chuang zuo hui ben; 19)
ISBN 978-986-211-335-6

Beijing | Time travel | City building | Textless book

The backdrop scenery in this textless picture book about a tour of Beijing is in black and white. Only the protagonists are colourful, and the only written
narration comes from store signs, Communist slogans on house walls, and neon signs marketing global brands. They tell of the transformation of the city and the destruction of its historical architectural essence leading up to the 2008 Olympic Games. A little girl follows a cat from a traditional courtyard house into the new sky-scraper landscape. She slips through a time-warp tunnel in the antiquities market and experiences architectural landmarks from China’s imperial era, witnessing urban life of a time gone by. Back at home, her house and its historical
neighbourhood have been marked for demolition.

After graduating from the Fine Arts Department of the National Taiwan Normal University, Sun Xinyu worked in the fi eld of computer graphics. Her textless
picture books, which she creates on her computer, have received numerous awards. (Age: 4+)