Chinese Father Documents Life With Son Every Year of His Life for 3 Decades

From the outside, China seems like a country whose government has complete control over everything, making executive decisions at the expense of its own people. Because of all the stories and breaking news we get in America about political unrest and other issues, it’s easy to forget that people still live average lives, day-to-day. In this touching series of photos, you will see how one man and his son have done exactly that in the midst of happenings in China and the rest of the world.

It All Started In 1986


Tian Jun was 27 years old when his son, Tian Li, was born in the Guizhou Province. Guizhou is located in a mountainous region of Southwestern China. It boasts some pretty amazing sites in nature, including the near 250-foot Huangguoshu Waterfall and the underground waterway system of the Dragon Palace Cave.

The year Li was born, a major political event was underway. The 1987 Student Demonstrations were taking place across the country on campuses. The movement was influenced by intellectuals like Wang Ruowang and Fang Lizhi who were critical of the government’s lack of reforms. The protests lasted about a month before dissipating.