Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #184: Travel Has Taught Me…

This week, on Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #184, host Amy from The World is a Book… is having everyone reflect all the lessons past travels has taught us.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Cityscape

A Photo A Week Challenge

Photo of the Day!

I decided to do an old photo for this week’s edition of Photo of the Day, just because the weather has been yucky lately, making me to want to stay home. Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”

Smooth – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion

Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge

Catching people unaware – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

One way for a landscape photographer to catch people unaware: aim the camera higher than the height the people are standing or you can do what I do – go to a crowded place (like the City of Phoenix in China) and I can guarantee you can catch someone unaware.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Bridges

I have showed you plenty of bridges in the past and this time, I’m determined to find some new bridges in my archive, bridges I have completely forgotten. I hope you enjoy this selection of bridges from here and there. Continue reading “A Photo a Week Challenge: Bridges”

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Lift

Lift can mean a lot of things from a strong man lifting 100 pounds over his head to a simple car ride. For me, the first thing that popped into my head when I saw this topic was the incredibly long cable car ride up Tianmen Mountain and I had the opportunity to be on this ride when I visited Hunan, China in 2017.

The cable car ride was incredibly long – almost 30 minutes. According to Wikipedia, this is the longest cable car in the world with a total length of 24,459 feet (7,455 meters) and 98 cars.

We started in the heart of the city. When I arrived at the station, I remember thinking, where’s the mountain? As I stood in line, I kept staring at the TV, watching a video playing on repeat introducing the breathtaking landscapes of the Tianmen Mountain, feeling disbelief while another part of me was eager to see if all of this was true.

Seriously? This cable car can transport me there?

I thought the city was big but in the cable car, we flew by the city and it seemed like in a blink of an eye, the city disappeared and we were in the mountain. Well, the video didn’t mention the scenery would be changing so quickly. Inside, my disbelief had completely vanished.

As we passed these houses and farming communities, I wondered how these folks get their supplies like toiletry and other hygiene supplies when they are in the middle of the mountain.

When there are people, there bound to be water, right? Well, here’s a reservoir.

As we soared upward, I began to get very dizzy and nauseous, especially when looking upward. Therefore, my aunt and I decided to switch places but it didn’t help at all. If anything, it was worse looking down. In another thought, I can see the city.

So I decided to stand up. Not a good idea to stand in a cable car, by the way, even if you’re small like me. It made me want to throw up even more.  It was best to remain seated and enjoy the transitional landscapes of the 30 minutes cable car lift.

At last I can see the top and the end of this journey.

Tuesday Photo Challenge

A Photo a Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old

There are many places in China that can easily be dated over 100 years old, some even a few hundreds. Continue reading “A Photo a Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old”

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rise

I had been thinking what I should post for the topic of Rise and at the last minute on Sunday night, right before bed, I thought of this picture. Continue reading “Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rise”

#AtoZChallenge 2018 – U for Up

As I mentioned in my previous post, to get to Tianmen Mountain requires a 20 to 30-minute cable car ride. Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge 2018 – U for Up”

#AtoZChallenge 2018 – T for Tianmen Mountain

One of the most awesome places I’ve ever been to in China has to be Tianmen Mountain in Hunan Province. Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge 2018 – T for Tianmen Mountain”

#AtoZChallenge 2018 – P for Phoenix (Arrival)

During my four-month stay in China in 2017, I, along with my aunt and her friend, joined a four-day tour to visit the region of Zhangjiajie in Hunan Province. Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge 2018 – P for Phoenix (Arrival)”

#AtoZChallenge 2018 – D for Descend into the Heart

That is me, with my backpack strapped to my chest and my bottom protected by a camouflaged cushion, about to descend into the heart of China’s Grand Canyon.  Continue reading “#AtoZChallenge 2018 – D for Descend into the Heart”

Photo of the Day!

A few days ago, I was reminded by Facebook that about a year ago, I was in this place – China’s Grand Canyon in Hunan Province. Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”

Dangerous Act

When I saw the topic for this week’s photo challenge, I went scratching my head. Continue reading “Dangerous Act”

Photo of the Day!

Before I change the photo topic from China to Canada, I want to share one more picture I took in China. That was shot in China’s Grand Canyon, as I hobbled along the trail. What to say about this photo? Hmm… Beautiful name, weird translation for the safety sign.

Want more? Please check out my Instagram profile.

Technical Details

Sony NEX-5T v. 1.00 (f/4.5, 29 mm, ISO-12800, 1/1250 sec)

Daily Post Photo Challenge

Winter and Water – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

This week’s topic is winter and water. Continue reading “Winter and Water – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge”

Photo of the Day!

What is this man pulling? He is pulling ginger to make ginger candy, a specialty of the Zhangjiajie, Hunan region. I shot this on the second night of my recent road trip. I found it interesting that this ginger candy resembled nothing like the ones my mom buys in Asian markets in the U.S. Therefore, I must get some of these. In fact, I’ll show you another picture of these ginger candies as a bonus for today’s post.

After it’s been pulled long enough, the ginger is cut into bite-size pieces and hardened. The spiciness of the candy is dependent on the age of the ginger, the older the ginger is, the more spicy the candies will turn out. To be honest, I couldn’t take any of it. The candies were too spicy for me. I felt like my mouth was on fire.

Technical Details

Picture 1 (top): Sony NEX-5T v. 1.00 (f/4, 16 mm, ISO-1000, 1/160 sec)
Picture 2: Sony NEX-5T v. 1.00 (f/4.5, 24 mm, ISO-1000, 1/160 sec)

Trip to the Glass Bridge

In my weekend coffee share post about two weeks ago, I shared a preview of my recent trip to ZhangJiaJie which is located in the Northwest corner of Hunan Province. One of the places I visit during the trip was ZhangJiaJie Glass Bridge. Continue reading “Trip to the Glass Bridge”

Photo of the Day!

This was one of the unique shops in the City of Phoenix (凤凰) in Hunan, a place I visited on the final day of my road trip. Continue reading “Photo of the Day!”