My Avatar dreams have led me visiting Zhangzhejia in China where a sea of stone columns just rise amazingly from the ground!
What is more amazing is that there are trees on top of the “helmet”!!
I like looking at reflections of birds in tranquil waters – that was the reason for posting my first entry for the challenge with images of little white egrets in the water.
The only reason for posting this one is because I like looking at reflection of flamingos in the water.
Glad to share; hope you like it :-)
Perhaps West Lake in Hangzhou, China is the best place for viewing or having internal reflections.
We were visiting West Lake a couple of years ago.
West Lake has been named a UNESCO site. While walking around the lake, one can feel the culture of the place and the openness of the area. The view of the far away pagoda, the nearby Chinese style building on the shore and their reflection in the lake were just breath taking.
With almost no tourists around, you can feel the tranquility of the place. Here is a picture that I have posted, but this time I have flipped the picture top to bottom so the the reflection of the trees are on the top.
One of the scenic locations is where colourful kois are reared. In the picture, again, one can see the reflections of the willows. We took the opportunity to view and photograph them.
All in all, the trip was pleasant and reflective!
We were cruising on a boat gazing landwards from the river. In front of us is a giant Buddha which one would not be able to see the whole statue from the landside.
The view was awesome. On the left hand side of the Buddha, there were hundreds of people hanging on to the many flights of stairs trying to have a good view of the Buddha from a close distance. They appeared so tiny, so tiny that they just looked like ants.
It is believe that this giant Buddha was carved at this location to pacify the turbulent waters of the river.
I can think of other giant statues, say, those in Abu Simbel in Egypt. However, by comparison, they are not as tall.
The Buddha, sitting there, looks serene. One just wonders how much carving has to be carried out so that the Buddha was well recessed from the rock face.
So, another amazing view!
Every Chinese garden has some type of rock element. Some designers opt for a simple rock garden, while others construct miniature mountains from an assorted collection of rocks.
Rocks are chosen based on their shape, texture, substance, color and softness.
Limestone rocks that have taken strange shapes due to erosion are among the most valued rocks for Chinese gardeners. Some rocks are deliberately immersed in fast running streams so that they are scoured for the effects.
Back in Hong Kong, in the Nam Lian garden, there are also a good display of rocks in the garden. Again, the main elements of the garden being rocks, trees and lakes or water features. Some of course have pavilions or bridges too.
I can still vividly remember the very cold day when we took a ride on a bamboo raft along the Nine Bend river by the side of WuYi Mountain, China.
It was raining cats and dogs when we were on the raft. The rain was whipping on us and we were shivering all over.
We picked a bad time to be on the river – we didn’t have the heart at all to appreciate the scenery on both sides of the river.
All we wanted was the raft trip to be ended as soon as possible.
Gazing down below, we saw four rafts on the meandering river, an orange colored pavilion roof and steep mountains with trees on both sides.
The mist was still thick and was cascading down to the river.
It was a wet and cold day – a day to remember!
PS I have also posted on this blog my travels to WuYiShan which included this ride on the raft. Interested readers are welcome to peruse it.
Woke up early with the anticipation of seeing the sunrise.
By now, the stream seem to be getting busier.
I knew I had a perfect morning and I should be on my way back to the yurt and have a hearty breakfast!
We were up on high gazing out to the waterfalls and hills in Yunnan, China.
I was not able to photograph the whole panoramic view with my wide angle lens.
The scenery at the Nine dragons Waterfalls (Jiulong Waterfalls) Yunnan, China was just beautiful.
Please enjoy :-)
The fire in Gyalthang — which is situated in an area believed to be the inspiration for James Hilton’s mythical Shangri-La — flattened two-thirds of the town’s old centre, Beijing Morning Post reported.
The government-run Yunnan Net news service said 242 houses, mostly timber, were burnt down in the 1,300-year-old town while a further 43 were demolished to prevent the fire from spreading.
We were there a couple of years back, visiting the old town Gyalthang and other places.
Now, almost two-thirds of the town is gone.
It seems that in many catastrophes , sacred monuments always remain intact.
Our trip last Spring to Yunnan, China took us to the Malinghe Canyon.
Looking up from below, a highway bridge crosses over the canyon at a high altitude. The bridge is an arch bridge with vertical supports resting on the arches. It looks as if it is a high flying dragon ; visually it added to the height of the canyon.
Further up the river, we saw this flimsy suspension footbridge where visitors would cross. The good thing was that the bridge was not bouncy and we did not feel any vibration when we crossed over – so this is also for the faint hearted.
Down below is an old masonry arch bridge which may have been destroyed by the torrential river currents. Bridges of such forms using masonry can only be of limited span and therefore is located at a low level where there are rock supports as foundation; but at such low levels, it could be subjected to the forceful river flows and become inundated.
Walking nearer, we have a closer view of what the bridge looks like.
This area is not just about canyon and bridges, it has many beautiful waterfalls too.
Trekking in this area, we felt the scenery was somewhat surreal and were grateful that we have a chance to visit such a place of extraordinary beauty.