Posts in China
The Yangshuo Fisherman 阳朔县

I can't imagine the wonders this man must have witnessed during his years on the water. We sat and watched all evening as he drifted up and down, recasting his nets and filling his basket with fish, before eventually disappearing up river and away into the sunset. Just another day in Yangshuo.

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Life on the Yulong River 遇龙河

Life on the Yulong River almost seems frozen in time. Unlike the busy Li River, shown above, the Yulong has no motorised vehicles. This has helped create the biggest tourist attraction of the area, rafting. You can pay for a ride and drift down river for up to 6 hours! When the day draws to a close and tourists disappear, you'll find the locals travelling home or fishing for the last catch of the day, all still on the traditional bamboo rafts. It's beautiful.

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The Great Wall of China 长城

Due to natural erosion and human damage, about 30% of the Ming Great Wall has completely disappeared with far more of previous dynasties' Great Wall sections gone too. Thankfully though, a number of sections have been restored, protected and are open to the public andnow boast over 70,000 visitors a day. We were able to visit both Badaling and Jiankou during our stay in Beijing, which turned out to be wildly different experiences…

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A Famous Huangshan Sunrise 清凉台

We braved the crowds for two nights on the mountain and it was an experience we'll never forget. To make the most of the last 24 hours on the summit we stayed up all night to watch the milky way and then waited out to catch one final famous sunrise...

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Huangshan and the Milky Way 银河

A few hours later, the alarm sounded (how I hate that noise) and we headed out again to Dawn Pavilion. As soon as we left the hotel and looked up we could see the change in the stars. A big bunch of bright stars trailed across the sky with a dark hole in the middle of them. It was our first time seeing the centre of the Milky Way. 

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Climbing Mount Huangshan 黄山

Huangshan, or Yellow Mountain, is named after the famous Yellow Mountains that have become world renowned for their unique scale and beauty. Mount Huangshan itself has been described as 'the loveliest mountain of China' and became a magnet for poets and landscape artists, fascinated by its dramatic landscape of granitic peaks, many over 1000 metres high, emerging through a sea of cloud.

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Shanghai Stopover 上海

Somehow, even in one of the busiest cities in the world we found peace, serenity and beauty. Walk off the beaten path. Go out well before the sun rises and long after it sets and you will experience Shanghai in a way that few people seem to.

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