Exploring the world’s most populous country can be a daunting task, but even keeping to its two largest cities can provide a lifetime’s worth of indelible sights.

Reflections at night
Reflections at night
night market in Beijing
night market in Beijing
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City
Rooftops
Rooftops
Light pours through
Light pours through
The Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven
The Great Wall
The Great Wall
A lone boatman
A lone boatman
Lotus blossom
Lotus blossom
Shanghai skyline
Shanghai skyline
Garden view
Garden view
City of neon
City of neon
The Bund by night
The Bund by night
Even greener
Even greener
Reflection on the water
Reflection on the water
Colonial bridge
Colonial bridge
Rite of Passage
Rite of Passage