In the last two times I visited West Lake (Hangzhou), it was deep Autumn and rainy.
So, my pictures all have a very bluish tint and didn’t look too interesting.
Here is a photo supplied by my friend CP Chan, showing the silhouette of a pagoda, in the water.
This image illustrates Hangzhou at its best, when everything seems to be an impression, rather than real.
Here is another image of Huangshan from my friend Mr. Chung Kwok Fan.
Never tired of viewing clouds in the mountains.
As it is just heavenly!
Snakes zigzag across the desert, rivers zigzag across the flood plain and the Great Wall snakes across mountains!
Our trip to the Mutinyu part of the Great Wall in China a couple of years back during the fall was just memorable.
In front of us was the historical great Wall which gallops up and down the mountains, snakes across the terrain on the mountain ridges.
There are endless miles of walls in front and behind you. basically, you can hike / walk as long as you wish.
It zigzags across the terrain like a snake, commanding the high points so that there is good visibility to the enemies and maintaining good defense.
Although not really visible from spaceships, they are clearly one of the biggest engineering feats of the world!
I immediately appreciate the quality of the image supplied by my friend Mr. Chung Kwok Fan when he sent it to me.
I posted it and, quickly, it becomes the No. 5 “Most Liked” post in my blog!
Within a couple of months., it has garnered 400+ Likes.
I have written 500+ posts but the view of Huangshan with clouds far outpaced my other posts.
Here is another photo which Mr. Chung supplied me earlier.
I don’t think it needs any more elaboration, it just left me wordless!
Hope you like it also :-)
This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is Relic.
This is a four horse bronze chariot of the Qin dynasty.
Archeologists labelled this as the No. 1 Bronze Carriage of the first Qin Emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
Two chariots were discovered in the terracotta ruins. This one was lying 8m deep and 20 m away from the masuoelum of Qin Shi Huang.
While many people were awed when they first saw the terracotta army, I was stunned by the sight of this half size chariot- when it was exhibited in the Arts Museum in Hong Kong.
To go with the exhibition, they also have an animation of the carriage, explaining how this was discovered in year 1980 and how the carriage works.
The exhibition showed many relics of the Qin dynasty too – they gave me an appreciation how advanced things were in the Qin dynasty!
Apologize that the picture was not well taken, as it does not show the parasol and the driver whose eyes were glued to the distant ground. It was mainly because the chariot was housed in a curved glass exhibition case in a dark room.
This is a last minute entry to this week’s WPC - Contrast.
Here are 5 images of waterfalls taken in various parts of China.
These include waterfalls from Jiuzhegou and Yunnan.
They have all been converted to Black & White to specially depict the Contrast in waterfalls.
There is contrast between the running water and the adjacent stationery landforms.
Usually within a waterfall, they are make up of a number of big and small falls.
There is a contrast between the powerful waterfalls and the resistance of the nearby rocks.
I don’t think I am able to adequately describe the contrasts in the photos, for this, I will leave you to respond in your comments .
This post contains three photos.
Tiger Leaping Gorge 虎跳峽 is a scenic canyon on the Jinsha River (Golden Sands River; 金沙江; Jīnshā Jiāng), a primary tributary of the upper Yangtze River. It is located 60 kilometres north of Lijiang City, Yunnan in southwestern China. It is part of the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas World Heritage Site.
At a maximum depth of approximately 3790 meters from river to mountain peak, Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world.
Around 15 kilometres in length, the gorge is located where the river passes between the 5,596 metres high Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the 5,396 metres high Haba Snow Mountain in a series of rapids under steep 2,000 metres cliffs.
Legend says that in order to escape from a hunter, a tiger jumped across the river at the narrowest point (still 25 metres (82 ft) wide), hence the name.
To get a feel of the scale of the place, one has to compare the steps that lead down to a viewing platform and the gigantic boulders on the side of the river.
We were there in the Winter time, the scenery was a bit bleak and the water was not very torrential.
In fact, once passed the narrowest point, the water can be quite calm and peaceful.
We are glad to have visited such an immense and awesome place and enjoyed walking along one side of the gorge for a fair distance!
We have no joy up in the WuYiShan (mountain), China, as it has been raining almost continuously.
After a tiring climb, we descended from the picturesque mountains (covered in mist and rain) and walked by the river bank.
While strolling, we caught this riverside view: river in the background, straight line of trees (mostly bamboo) with thin girth standing at the river edge.
Their twisted form and light color was a perfect contrast to the straight bamboo and the river!
At about 10,000 ft. above sea level in Huanglong, China where the view is Alpine, we have breathtaking views of these pools.
They are literally breathtaking, as at this level, we were short of breath (oxygen).
This is how Wikipedia describes it:
Huanglong Valley 黄龙沟 – The total length of the travertine in Huanglong Valley is 3.6 km and it is thought to look like a huge golden dragon wheeling through the snow-capped mountains of the valley. The main landscapes are travertine banks, colorful ponds and travertine waterfalls and caves. The main body of water starts from the ancient Buddhist/Benbo temple at the top of the valley and ends at the Guests Welcome Pond in the north with a length of 2.5 km and a width of 30–170m. The colours of Huanglong’s waters consist of yellows, greens, blues and browns.
On these two pictures, I am showing the blue waters.
This is in sharp contrast to the Pamukkale travertines I showed in my last post.
Up here, the scenes are more Alpine and tranquil.
This week’s Travel Theme is Blossom.
There are so many beautiful images submitted by fellow bloggers on this theme – that’s delightful.
As someone who used to take landscape photos, I rarely do flowers.
Here is my entry for this week’s Travel Theme:
Peach blossoms in black and white, photo taken last Spring in Luoping, China.
I like them being more mysterious than the color ones. The absence of colours make us concentrate more on the petals, their details and convey more the idea of blossoming.
Please enjoy :-)