Which story or photo from the "We Left a Photo Album in 2023" video touched you? What were your feelings?

Have you ever seen your own photos in a video? Or have you had similar experiences and feelings? Year-end Mini Question: If you were to select four annual photos about yourself from your photo album in 2023, one from each quarter, which four would you choose? Under this “Year-end Mini Question,” we collected over 1600 responses. Each real and specific story has collectively preserved the collective memory of 2023. For this reason, we decided to capture these beautiful moments in a photo album, to be kept in 2023. We hope you’ll come back to look at them often! Soon, we will bid farewell to 2023. As the clock strikes midnight on January 1, 2024, this year’s year-end mini question will no longer accept responses. Zhihu Daily wishes our dear users: May every moment of your 2024 be treated with tenderness!

Under this “End of Year Queries” section, we have collected more than 1600 answers. Each true and specific story has jointly preserved a collective memory belonging to 2023. Thus, we hit it off right away and decided to record these beautiful moments into an album, to keep in 2023. We hope you will come back often to flip through it!

Soon, we will say goodbye to 2023. At the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2024, the end of year queries for this year will no longer be open for answers. Zhihu Daily wishes friends: May every moment of your 2024 be treated with gentleness!

Reflecting on Time and Memories of 2023

After watching the video, I was deeply moved, especially by the concept of “staying in 2023,” marking a significant farewell to a period. Speaking of time, two memories are particularly vivid.

On New Year’s Eve of 2005, after midnight passed during the Spring Festival Gala, my parents went to bed early, and I was alone on the sofa, watching the show and cracking sunflower seeds, as if it was just yesterday. Yet, that night has already been 18 years ago.

As a child, we had a talking calculator at home. Every year on my birthday, I would press it to hear the time announcement, feeling as if it was wishing me a happy birthday. My parents never really celebrated my birthday, and one year was particularly sad, being alone at home and repeatedly pressing that calculator. The calculator is long gone, but the interaction with time and the clear sound of its voice still echo in my ears.

Time is firmly bound to the coordinates of our lives, carrying individual fates and epochal narratives. None of us can escape or control it, so we might as well remember it.

The stories in the video, those moments, struck me with their “human flavor.” It’s been a long time since we’ve seen such vivid stories about “people.” The reunions after long separations, impromptu journeys, gatherings, and farewells among loved ones… They are specific and vivid, warm and unrestrained. As if the ice has thawed and humanity has returned, and it’s wonderful.

This album doesn’t record a single person’s 2023 but the 2023 of the Chinese people, our 2023.

18 years later, I will still remember certain moments of this year, at least I’ll remember that there was an album at the end of the year that comforted me. It makes me look forward to finding the light to continue in the challenging future.

Cherished Moments Atop the World

Thank you, Zhihu Daily, for at 2:56 am, I saw the photograph of me and my spouse in front of Cho Oyu, the world’s sixth highest peak at an altitude of 8201 meters. My 2023 has been unexpectedly delightful and colorful, seeing everyone’s different lives in the video, real and moving.

2023 was a year to make up for the travels we missed in the previous years. With business trips and work, we went out 16 times, traveling and working in over 50 cities domestically and internationally for 145 days. We experienced many firsts in life, saw a larger world, and took 40 million photos and videos.

In July, we returned to the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas, to shoot around six of the world’s top ten highest mountains. This was a group photo taken by our friend, Yang, when Xiaofan was using the Mavic 3 Pro to take aerial shots alongside Mount Everest at 8848.86m and Cho Oyu at 8201 meters.

This was our journey around the Himalayas in late June and early July, shooting around six of the highest mountains in the world. That day, after taking photos for everyone, we climbed up the hillside of an ancient castle. At the moment I jumped, our friend Yang captured this precious moment with his camera.

Reflections on Life and Stories

I feel fortunate to catch a glimpse of the daily workings within the editorial department. However, I didn’t find my own photo, not because it flashed too quickly, but perhaps because my efforts weren’t frequent enough. Keep going!

So, which story can truly touch me? It’s the mood I’m in at the moment when I read that story. Many times, it’s not about how captivating the story is, but simply because at that moment, you happen to encounter that story…

It’s like feeling down on a rainy day and coincidentally coming across someone shining brightly, passing by you. You might think they are a new beginning in your life, but they could just be a passerby!

There are always people and things we think will be together forever, only to realize later that a lifetime is so long, and forever is just something we say in a moment of sincerity, or perhaps even sincerity becomes outdated, it needs preservation, but there isn’t such a big refrigerator for it!

Today is the last day of 2023:

I sincerely thank my leaders and friends for their support and understanding throughout the year. You have always been my benefactors!

  • A 90-degree bow to all of you!

Wishing you good health and a successful career in 2024! May everything go well for you!!! ❤️

Lanzhou Yellow River Tower!!

Warm Ending in 2023

On the last day of 2023, I saw a group of dedicated and loving members of the editorial team, and encountered this annual album full of stories and emotions. It’s not about “HE” or “BE,” but “WE.”

Yes, it’s us, it’s also the Warm Ending!

As soon as you enter, you are drawn in by heartwarming copywriting and narrations that speak from the heart. From little animals to many people’s firsts, romantic moments, heart-pounding experiences, interesting encounters, regrets, achievements, and the people close to us. There are new lives coming into the world, as well as the eternal goodbyes, and many cherished moments in our lives.

These are all real and touching stories shared by friends who create on Zhihu.

Following this video, I also think of my little dog at home, who saw the sea for the first time and had their first stay in the ICU. I remember the happy moments spent with family and the moments of heartfelt conversations with friends. I recall similar moments in my life that were filled with gains, emotions, and regrets.

Towards the end, I saw my name flash by, too fast to catch, and at first, I couldn’t even tell which photo was included. After some effort, I managed to capture this image.

It turns out to be a photo taken in early November at Pofeng Ridge during a rainy autumn. It’s a photo I love very much, a shot of autumn leaves trembling in the cable car, a testament to two families' obsession with and acceptance of the changing leaves.

Even if my own photo hadn’t been included, I would still be moved by this album that captures numerous life experiences.

Time passes quickly, life is vast, emotions run deep, This is the 2023 for each and every one of us. ❤️

Year-End Question | If you had to pick four annual photos of yourself for the album in 2023, one for each season, which four would you choose?

I am the “Not Confused” girl, delighted to meet you on Zhihu, and looking forward to your likes, follows, and interactions ^_^

Thank You, Zhihu, for a Wonderful Year

I want to express my gratitude to the Zhihu Daily editorial team. I never expected to catch a glimpse of myself in Zhihu’s 2023 album. The video’s background music mentioned “these poignant moments of growth,” and as I write this, I feel a bit excited. I even took a screenshot to commemorate the moment.

I also saw some well-known users sharing their fitness tips and photography works. Many Zhihu friends shared their everyday stories. Behind these photos, there is joy, motivation, and even setbacks. These precious moments are like fireflies gathering in the dark night. Right now, I feel like I’m high above the world, looking down through the clouds at the vast city night sky, where every light is a star lit by Zhihu friends.

I treat Zhihu as my personal blog. Many words that wouldn’t appear on WeChat or in my friend circle are written here with great sincerity. Zhihu is the only online forum where I feel a sense of belonging. I don’t seek anything in return here; I just want to simply record my life’s moments. If someone reads what I write and likes the photos I take, I am genuinely happy.

My daily life on Zhihu is simple like that. What moves me here is not a specific story or photo but the genuine warmth and authenticity.

Almost every quarter, I receive gifts from Zhihu, and I keep each one with great care. I haven’t even thrown away the mooncake box Zhihu sent me—it’s a way for me to express my gratitude.

Zhihu New Year - “Dragon Star Shines” Gift Box

Zhihu sends blessings, “Dragon Star Shines” (^^)

The contents of the “Dragon Star Shines” gift box include a desk calendar, a notebook, a coffee mug, and a playful magic ball.

Zhihu’s Dragon Boat Festival gift box, it has everything you need (^^)

The Zhihu sports gift box is packed with goodies: there’s a fan, cooling sleeves, a humidifier, and a cold water cup.

Zhihu’s rocket ship-shaped humidifier (^^)

A shopping bag with the theme of Liu Kanshan

Zhihu’s Year of the Rabbit New Year gift box - Zhihu sends blessings, “Grand Bunny Exhibition.”

Zhihu’s popular sports topic - “Me and Yuanbao on the training ground.”

Recruitment poster for the city running group - I’m honored to be a member of Zhihu’s poster team (^^)

Zhihu’s gift of Liu Kanshan sports water bottles—I have two of them!

Zhihu’s daily home topic - about the rotating staircase light strip I designed myself.

All of the above are stories related to Zhihu that I have saved in my album.

Here, you don’t need to be famous; as long as you are sincere and genuine, you can find your own place. Just as the song I heard on the roadside today sings:

“You become an immortal, I’ll stay in the mortal world for you. Even sparrows have a tomorrow.

Thank you for accompanying me, Zhihu.

Thank you Zhihu Daily. In the video, at 1 minute and 54 seconds to 55 seconds, I caught a glimpse of myself. It happened so quickly, but I managed to capture it. Here’s the photo ↓↓↓

The inspiration Zhihu brings me is the driving force for my 2024. Once again, I board the train and move forward.

End-of-year question: If you were to choose four annual photos of yourself from your album for the year 2023, one from each season, which four would you choose?

Reflections on Zhihu Daily’s Four Photos Activity

Zhihu Daily’s four-photo activity planning this year was truly heartfelt. I didn’t expect there to be a video in the end. I first discovered this activity back in November. This year has been very emotional for me, with many experiences and moments of enlightenment. Looking at the photos of other friends, I also reflect on the unpredictability of life and the imprints of our time.

But I really like one line from the video, “At least we still have the right to choose, even if it’s just a little.” For example, we can choose to go for a run instead of lying down, we can choose to dye our hair red to defy many societal judgments. As long as we hold onto hope and a bit of courage, many things will ultimately turn out differently.

Goodbye, 2023. This year may seem ordinary in many years to come, but perhaps it will also be the best. Nevertheless, I’m willing to imagine what it will be like when I look back on this answer in the future, maybe ten years from now. Will I still have that little bit of courage? Will things be different from now on? Perhaps, starting from now, many things will indeed be different, won’t they?

Alright, let’s not set any more flags. Let’s focus on the present and make the most of each day! Go, 2024!

Heartwarming Moments in Zhihu Daily’s Year-End Video

Wow, the copywriting in this video is fantastic, and even better, I spotted a photo I took in the video! Thanks to @Zhihu Daily, I saw my photo at 05:11 in Zhihu Daily’s year-end video.

Editors, you’ve worked hard!

The photo was taken during my 2023 holiday break near my hometown reservoir. It was a beautiful moment during sunset!

Thanks to @Zhihu Daily for featuring my photo; it’s a great encouragement for me! Zhihu Daily’s year-end video is finally out, and I saw my own photo in it. It seems the video and photos I sent to Zhihu editors weren’t used, but instead, they used the panoramic photo I took during my break at the reservoir near my hometown.

In the video, I saw everyone’s life moments, the ups and downs of the world, and the inevitable challenges of life. I also witnessed friendship, positivity, and efforts to move forward. Everyone has had their share of challenges, and 2023 is now behind us. Let’s all work hard in 2024, aiming for greater heights in both work and life!

I wish all my fellow friends a year of even greater achievements, making our lives more comfortable and joyful!

I was deeply moved and sentimental, so I decided to write my own answer before the activity collecting questions permanently closed.

Year-end Mini Question | If you were asked to select four annual photos about yourself from your photo album in 2023, one from each quarter, which four would you choose?

I saw many familiar IDs and learned about some aspects of their lives beyond their answers on Zhihu, which was both fresh and surprising.

Countless distant places, countless people, have nothing to do with me.

See you in 2024!


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Without being invited, I also want to leave my reflections on 2023 here. Every minute and every second is a gift from above. I am grateful for my efforts over the past year, ensuring that I didn’t let down my own youth and dreams. Farewell, 2023. I will always cherish the time that belonged to me!

He said, “Congratulations on surviving a year, touched, right? (ಥ_ಥ)”

Life Milestones

This year, we celebrated our parents' diamond wedding anniversary, hoping that our intimate relationship can be as enduring as theirs, standing the test of time.

My 84-year-old father dotes on my 78-year-old mother, and their love is unwavering. May we live our lives in love. If others can’t provide the best, let’s provide it for ourselves. In the end, self-love is the key.

We got the property deed, and now we have our own space. Having a stable place to live brings peace to the heart.

Increased feelings of security and accomplishment!

Participating in a psychological drama workshop with the theme of “farewell,” let’s bid farewell to the past.

Learning brings happiness, and continuous learning brings ongoing joy! My dad said, “Keep learning as you age,” and I am my father’s daughter, putting it into practice.

The work and profession I love always bring me a sense of purpose and fulfillment, serving others and finding happiness within myself.

Someone asked Grandpa Freud how to live a good life, and Grandpa Freud said, “Love and work.” Love gives us a sense of belonging, and work gives us a sense of purpose.

Embracing New Skills and Persistence

In this album, I came across photos of myself practicing calligraphy, and it deeply moved me.

This is a new skill I embarked on this year, building upon my previous learning and discovering more possibilities. It was at this moment that I suddenly realized, as long as I am willing to put in the effort and keep learning, countless opportunities await me in the future.

Interestingly, for a much longer period before this, I felt mediocre, even unaccomplished. The repeated experiences of inadequacy taught me that life should not be so dull. I needed to step out of my comfort zone and attempt breakthroughs time and time again.

It’s only now that I’ve come to understand that learning is a consistent effort, a dedication to a task that yields greater achievements ahead. What we need to do is to persist, persist, and persist in this endeavor.

In the new year, I will continue to strive towards my aspirations because I firmly believe that there are brighter horizons waiting for me there.

Time flies. I particularly like this title, and we’ve left a photo album in 2023. Inside the album are frozen moments, and 2023 holds so many memories for us. In the videos, I saw a variety of things, some regrettable, some touching, some inspiring, some unusual, and some everyday… As we reminisce at the end of the year, we realize that there were so many things, and it feels like last year’s end of the year was just yesterday.

Wishing everyone a happy and fulfilling new year in 2024, filled with thick photo albums.

A Year to Remember

I want to express my gratitude to the dedicated editors at Zhihu. This collection of photos and videos has had a profound impact and has allowed us to experience the diverse facets of life in countless families.

For me, 2023 has been an extraordinary year. During this year, I celebrated my own wedding, marking a new chapter in my life. In this video, I also witnessed many others entering the realm of matrimony this year. Some families even welcomed the birth of new life, and such beautiful moments fill one with wonder. Sometimes, in our moments of difficulty, looking back at these moments gives us the courage and confidence to overcome challenges.

In the video, I saw that happiness comes in many forms. Some bought cars, some bought houses, some earned certifications, and I also had my own share of experiences in 2023. I acquired my first car, which is hard to believe, considering I hadn’t driven in over seven years after obtaining my driver’s license. There’s still a sense of surrealism while driving; it’s truly magical. In 2023, I also passed the Advanced Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. After completing the CPA, I regained the motivation to study and take exams. Therefore, I resonate with those moments of happiness in the video; this year has indeed been fulfilling for me.

I thought I would spend the entire year in happiness and joy, but I ended up catching a severe cold towards the end of the year. Sometimes, it’s only when you’re sick that you realize the value of good health. In the video, I saw many people who will forever remain in 2023, which touched me deeply. The things left behind by those who have passed away have the power to evoke our memories. But as the video aptly says, “farewell” and “reunion” are never antonyms. I hope each one of us can take good care of our health and enjoy the beauty of life.

Today is the last day of 2023, and the new year is just around the corner. In the end, I want to say, “Goodbye, 2023, and hello, 2024.”

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