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What is and why is it different from is a localized version of for Chinese users. By localized, we mean that anyone who wants to use in China will have access to the same experience as our other international users.

Why is the site called

In order to operate 500px in China, 500px needs to live on a localized Chinese Web site. Typically, we roll out our product in new countries using the same 500px URL but we are not able to launch this way in China. This is why we’ve used the .me extension.

Who is VCG?

Visual China Group, our partner in, is a listed company in the Chinese stock market. As the leading investor of 500px’s Series B financing, VCG’s interests are totally aligned with 500px’s across the board, and they are committed to investing in the user base to make it a world-class community for local users. VCG also has over 15 years of copyright protection and enforcement experience in the photography market; while we are their first photo community partner, they work with over 240 reputable image and content partners globally. You can rest assured they are dedicated to protecting your photos. Users can also learn more about our global distribution network by visiting this page -

Why is 500px doing this?

The benefit to working with these trusted, strategic partners is that they will help to increase the global exposure of the photography within our community.

What changes can I expect with the launch of

You will enjoy the same 500px experience, but with better exposure of your content. Also, this will be an exciting avenue for inspiration from Chinese photographers. You will be able to explore a different type of photographer that is rooted in the Orient.

How is 500px ensuring my photo’s security?

Photos will be stored safely with enterprise-level security, and the same measures of protection are enforced on as on to avoid direct image downloading. A Copyright Compliance team dedicated to tracking potential misuses of Marketplace imagery to combat any copyright infringement will also be put in place.

Why are Likes, Comments, etc., different on

Not all 500px members will remain opted-in to the experience, so the Like count will appear different on both sites. Because uses a different commenting system, the comments on will not be reflected on None of these differences will affect your photo’s Pulse.

Will I be able to log into with my credentials?

Logging in to will not be possible for users. This way, your private credentials will remain isolated to servers. Also, this will avoid any confusion related to the localized experience in You will still have full control of your synced profiles in All changes made in will be automatically synced to behind the scenes.

Does the Marketplace exist on

Our relationship with Visual China Group (VCG) is truly a partnership. They are the premier licensing agency in China, and will be representing our marketplace in this key buyer region. This is very exciting as we are now opening more doors for our contributors to sell their work to a huge, growing market that has traditionally been difficult for artists to tap into. The team at will also protect our user’s copyright. They’ll seek out potential misuses on the user’s behalf and issue takedown notices and infringement notices if it appears an image has not been licensed properly.

Do I have to participate in

No, but we encourage you to carefully read our public statement ( and this entire FAQ before making your final decision. This is an amazing opportunity for our community of photographers to gain exposure to a massive and exciting new audience. If you still choose not to participate, you may choose to opt-out.

How can I Opt-Out?

If you are not interested in our global distribution network, you can opt-out in your ‘Settings’ under ‘Distribution’ where you will be able to check the box next to ‘I opt-out of the global distribution network’ and press ‘Save Changes’.

How can I Opt-In if I have changed my mind?

If you decide to participate in our global distribution network, you can opt-in in your ‘Settings’ under ‘Distribution’ where you will be able to un-check the box next to ‘I opt-out of the global distribution network’ and press ‘Save Changes’.

I’ve opted-out, but can I still see Do I need to login to view this? Can I even login?

Yes, anyone can go to the site and browse around. To do certain actions, such as uploading or liking a photo, will require an account.

Will users be able to recognize who is a user?

500px is already a global community, so users on and will not be distinguished differently in any way.

What happens if I opt-out after my content has been distributed to VCG?

Once you choose to opt-out, all visible content related to your profile will be deleted. Please keep in mind, it can take up to 24 hours for this to be completed.

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    Shawn Ling

    I have a account and I am from China. Do I need to create a .me account to see my likes and comments on .me site? Can I link my .me account to my .com account?

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