Photo Essay: Landscapes of China

26 Oct

China… A country we keep hearing a lot about for a variety of reasons but somehow never from a tourism perspective. At least I wasn’t someone who’s top 10 travel destinations included it. Yet I recently planned a trip to meet my brother and his family there and from there on explore a small part of the interiors of this huge country. Planning this trip was a huge challenge, with limited information, language hassles, etc and I still don’t know what I expected from it before I left for my trip… But I certainly did not expect a modern country with amazing infrastructure, some really nice people and the sheer variety in terms of things to see and do for a tourist. I will also write a detailed post on how so many basic things (that we take for granted here) are done very differently there. But for today, really want to share its biggest surprise for me – the diverse and stunning landscapes…

The stunning landscape and reflections at the Potatso National Park, Shangri-La, China

The stunning landscape and reflections at the Potatso National Park, Shangri-La, China

The Great Wall of China and the hills around it, Beijing, China

The Great Wall of China and the hills around it, Beijing, China

Shaxi, a village lost in time, near Dali, Yunnan, China

Shaxi, a village lost in time, near Dali, Yunnan, China

Fields and Mountains while driving around Dali, Yunnan, China

Fields and Mountains while driving around Dali, Yunnan, China

The limestone terraces of Baishatui, Yunnan, China

The limestone terraces of Baishatui, Yunnan, China

Clear lakes and deep blue sky, and the mountains beyond, Yunnan, China

Clear lakes and deep blue sky, and the mountains beyond, Yunnan, China

Fields and terraces of Yunnan, China

Fields and terraces of Yunnan, China

Mountain ranges and narrow roads, Yunnan, China

Mountain ranges and narrow roads, Yunnan, China

The famous Yangtze River near the Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan, China

The famous Yangtze River near the Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan, China

Mountains near Shangri-La,   Tibet, China

Mountains and small houses near Shangri-La, Tibet, China

Clouds in water, Potatso National Park, Shangri-La, China

Clouds in water, Potatso National Park, Shangri-La, China

The grasslands of Shangri-La, China

The grasslands of Shangri-La, China

Stories to follow soon 🙂

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33 Responses to “Photo Essay: Landscapes of China”

  1. 5sOnTheFly October 26, 2014 at 23:32 #

    Beautiful pictures 🙂 The blue in the picture from Yunnan is breathtaking!

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  2. A regular Indian girl! October 27, 2014 at 10:23 #

    Wow! Nice pics!! I just wished I could go to shaxi! 🙂

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  3. corneliaweberphotography October 27, 2014 at 10:47 #

    Oh that makes me wanting to China even more, even I am kind of a bit hesitating for some reasons. Thank you for sharing

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    • getsetandgo November 1, 2014 at 11:07 #

      Thanks Cornelia… I know about the hesitation bit, hence find someone who speaks mandarin and hit the road 🙂

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  4. Chaitali Patel October 27, 2014 at 17:11 #

    Wow… didn’t know China had limestone terraces… lovely photos! Waiting to read about your trip.

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    • getsetandgo November 1, 2014 at 11:07 #

      Thanks Chaitali… This was quite a surprise for us too 🙂

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  5. bemoneyaware October 28, 2014 at 09:28 #

    Beautiful pictures..Looking froward to read about your trip

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  6. Niranjan October 28, 2014 at 17:14 #

    Lovely landscape images!

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  7. Cyrus Janssen October 29, 2014 at 12:05 #

    Wow you got to see a lot of China in your trip! Well done, great photos 🙂

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    • getsetandgo November 1, 2014 at 11:08 #

      Thanks Cyrus 🙂 I was lucky to be able to explore so much of China 🙂

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  8. Cynthia October 30, 2014 at 05:27 #

    Stunning is right. These pictures are gorgeous. I’m really looking forward to reading about your trip! {and seeing it through your amazing photos}

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  9. krishganatra October 31, 2014 at 00:42 #

    Beautiful pictures 🙂

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  10. The Sock Mistress November 2, 2014 at 13:20 #

    So beautiful, thats not what I expected!

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  11. Lucy November 3, 2014 at 22:33 #

    Wow, beautiful! Never been there, but it looks like a wonderful place. Thank you for sharing with us 🙂

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  12. hayley November 9, 2014 at 03:14 #

    Really interesting to see these ‘clean’ landscape images of China – I’m especially taken with the limestone terraces. We spent 10 days there in September (despite China not being on my must-do travel list) but limited our time to more urban environments. Still, we really enjoyed it and would be keen to return again – and spend more time out of the cities.

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    • getsetandgo November 22, 2014 at 19:22 #

      Hey, I know what you mean as these landscapes in China took us also quite by surprise… However I hope you can make a return trip soon to explore the interiors of this country…

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  13. setmeravelles November 10, 2014 at 18:45 #

    Looks beautiful! China never really was on my radar until seeing these amazing photos. Look forward to the stories!

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  14. Sreejith Vijayakumar November 22, 2014 at 15:31 #

    beautiful landscapes..the limestone terrace is unique

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  15. jodylundrigan November 23, 2014 at 16:05 #

    Just got back from China and agree with you about the struggles and the beauty. The country and people surprised me in so many ways. It’s certainly not set up to make travel and tourism easy but it was a trip a lifetime! Thanks for bringing back memories with these beautiful shots.

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    • getsetandgo November 23, 2014 at 23:00 #

      I totally agree with you on your observations on China… Despite all the difficulties and struggles that we encountered, I loved the trip and cant wait to return…. Between which parts of China did you cover?

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      • jodylundrigan November 24, 2014 at 10:07 #

        We did Beijing, Pingyao, Xi’an and Shanghai. And I loved every moment. Shanghai reminded me a lot of Toronto, my home town here in Canada. It was like coming home before coming home 🙂

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      • getsetandgo December 14, 2014 at 15:28 #

        I missed Xi’an in my trip but hope to do it sometime soon…Shanghai skyline resembles Toronto a lot esp with the Pearl Tower 🙂

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      • getsetandgo December 14, 2014 at 15:28 #

        I missed Xi’an in my trip but hope to do it sometime soon…Shanghai skyline resembles Toronto a lot esp with the Pearl Tower 🙂

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