HuaShan – a View from the Highest Peak 2100 m or 6900 ft above Sea Level

I like viewing clouds from my windows at home.

I like viewing them when they are picturesque, watching them from below; gazing at them from above on an aeroplane at high altitudes,

from one side or from both sides now.

Here is a surrealistic view of the clouds from the West Peak of HuaShan, China.

I feel blessed to be able to have such a view when it rained continuously for several days and the sky was overcast when we started to hike up the mountains.

Please enjoy!


HuaShan – the Steepest Mountain in China

I told myself that I needed a break.

Mom has passed away for over two months; I need to get away so that I won’t just sit here mourning over her passing.

My wife has arranged this somewhat difficult trip for the two of us.

We were to fly to Xi’an, China.

The two main destinations that we were to visit included the Terracotta Army and the HuaShan mountains.

The HuaShan mountains are very steep with several of its peaks at over 2000 metres above sea level.

The lowest Northern peak reaches a level of over 1600 m.

The trails mainly consist of very steep and narrow stairways.

The tread widths are very small, many visitors have to ascend / descend in a side way manner while holding onto steel chains mounted on the side.

These endless steps continues for hours, overstressing the leg muscles.

When we reached the mountains, the temperature was less than 10 degrees Celsius.

It rained in the last few days and when we started the sky was overcast.

The rain has made the steps and the narrow mountain rocky ridges slippery and very difficult to negotiate.

What we didn’t expect was that the sky gradually cleared up and what appeared before our eyes was a sea of clouds penetrated by the mountains.

We were there at the right place and the right time.

The above is one of the many pictures with fascinating clouds I have taken; please enjoy.





Castle in the Air (4)

Watching the sea of clouds is one of my favorites.

There are mountains like HuangShan in China which is famous for this.

Today, I am taking you to a place I have not yet visited.15326055_1530070070343461_2581504168138123696_o

It is known as the Castle in the Air when translated literally.

This is the last and perhaps the best photo taken by my classmate YM Chan in Japan recently.

The place just looks surreal!

Credit of the photo: YM Chan.