On August 8, 80 teenage photographers visited Xi Guan, a historic area of Guangzhou famous for its old streets and distinctive architecture. The group of young people had responded to a posting from photographers Guan Zhenying and Li Zhihao on community website Guangzhou Local. It invited photo lovers to tour the streets of Xi Guan and take pictures of the place and its people. Guan and Li are very familiar with Xi Guan and briefed participants about its features before the trip. Li often takes photos around Xi Guan and had some advice for taking good pictures: 'It's not enough to just shoot the buildings. There must be people in the photos. People are what make pictures lively and valuable.' He added that taking good photos not only required good technique, but also observation skills and life experience. Li has become very friendly with the residents of Xi Guan, which makes it easier for him when he takes photos in the area. He even gives the residents copies of their photos. Guan said the activity was aimed at providing an opportunity for young photographers to exchange ideas and, more importantly, learn the importance of preserving places with historic value. 'Most of the old buildings will be torn down sooner or later to give way to social development, and places like Xi Guan will lose their original appearance. Photography is one way to preserve [their] precious history.' Guan said she and Li hoped to organise other photographic activities in old areas around Guangzhou. Guan also asked participants to e-mail her digital copies of the pictures they had taken during the visit. 'We plan to make an electronic magazine to showcase our work and remember the activity,' she said. One of the aspiring teenage photographers, Huang Yunshan, said she made a lot of new friends and learned a lot about the history of Guangzhou through the activity.