In case you were wondering, China does not look like Chinatown lol
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I see people have shown a lot of love for and interests in my hometown, Beijing. So I’ll try to live up to that expectation and deliver the Beijing Section.
Let me start off by saying that this is gonna be the hardest section on my part. Specifically, Beijing is such a huge place where you have the oldest and newest architectures from all eras, and that makes it hard to present the whole of it. Also, that means there’s no such thing as a universal editing style because each shot are simple different in terms of their contents and history density.
Also, as someone who’ve been living here for my entire childhood, boyhood and youth, I’m so afraid that I cannot represent the best of it, or mis-present it in some ways I don’t intend. Given all these thoughts I have, let’s divide the whole Beijing series into a few parts.
For this section, I’ll purely focus on the most iconic, traditional tourist attractions, including Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City. These photos are from different times during the past two years. I’ll respect and stick to the original colour scheme, thus not doing major stylish edits to show by its authenticity.
Also, this section is somewhat in the middle ground of creation and recording, because honestly, I don’t think some of the classic shots have much room of more unique artistic perspectives.
After this section, later on I’ll dedicate a section to the daily lives of Beijing people, one on metropolitan lives, and potentially more. So without further due, let me introduce you to the traditional Beijing!
Письмо самой себе...💌 Слова, которые я говорю сама себе, когда думаю сдаться и говорю что больше так не могу или моменты, когда у меня начинается комплекс чего-то на ровном месте.
Ты должна быть лучшей версией себя, и только себя! Никогда не сомневайся в том,что ты чего-то не сможешь сделать. Ты пришла в этот мир чтобы жить и наслаждаться жизнью, а все неудачи которые случаются в твоей жизни делают тебя сильнее. Запомни,Всевышний никогда не посылает тебе испытание которые ты не сможешь пройти, всегда развивайся,всегда учись новому и не важно сколько тебе лет :10,20,40,60 в жизни всегда есть то, чему мы можем научится и никогда не поздно менять что-то если твоя душа хочет этого, если ты от этого будешь по настоящему счастлива. Живи только настоящим, прошлое остается в прошлом, а будущее всегда можешь изменить и твое будущее в твоих руках. Думая о будущем не забывай про настоящее, про то, что происходит с тобой прямо сейчас. Бери от жизни все. Я верю в тебя. Ты знаешь что ты можешь все, главное сильно захотеть. #beijinger#beijing 🇨🇳 #chinabeijing 🇨🇳 #beijingchina#instabeijing#visitbeijing#china 🇨🇳 #beijinggirl#kazakhgirl#beijinglife#beijingtrip#chinatravel
There is no other time of the day I prefer to capture photos than early in the morning, especially when I’m travelling ✈️ . Something about the moody sky, mists in the air which brings out the subtle charm in my surrounding.
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You’d never guess that this enchanting, ancient little town was hiding here. You see, outside its crumbling stone walls is a city that... well... leaves a lot to be desired. 😬
Loud construction zones, streets torn up by jackhammers, trash dumps along the sidewalks, rats (@destinationchaser stepped on a dead one 🤢), everything coated in a thick layer of grey dust... for a while, we were sure our bus had dropped us in the wrong place.
But after walking 30 minutes outside the main town, our map eventually brought us to an old stone wall with a small arched doorway, leading into Furongzhen Ancient Town. 🙌🏼
It was like stepping through a portal to another world — from a dusty, dirty construction zone, to a fairytale-like 2,000-year-old village perched on top of a waterfall.
Although there isn’t a ton of tourism infrastructure here — a few small inns, tea houses, handicrafts shops, and restaurants (some with waterfall views) — it felt like the most authentic town we’d visited, where the Tujia Minority people still live and work and maintain their unique culture.
📍TRAVEL TIP: Furongzhen is midway between Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang and is often visited as a stopover between the two cities. Or you can make a day trip from Zhangjiajie — the bus takes about 2.5-3 hours and costs $5 each way.
273 6,70413 October, 2019
There are some places in the world that are just designed for sunrises. Yangshuo is one of them. 🌄
Would love to know which of our China destinations has been your favorite so far! Let me know in the comments.👇🏼
Still so much more to come of this epic journey around China with @destinationchaser and I can’t wait to share it with you!
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At the foot of the Chinese Himalayas runs the White Water River — a sacred, ice-cold body of water that fills up bright turquoise lakes and spills over milky white limestone terraces.
My toes might have been nearly frozen and the hem of my dress four inches deep in white mud but I was completely content in this impossibly beautiful, pristine valley in the mountains. ❤️
Thanks to @destinationchaser for snapping this!
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When we were planning our China trip, @destinationchaser and I almost skipped Lijiang because we weren’t sure there’d be much to do in the area. What a huge mistake that would’ve been.
Lijiang’s Ancient Town ended up being one of the most beautiful towns I’ve ever seen. 🙌🏼
Quiet little canals, cobblestone streets, alleyways filled with flowers and hanging lanterns, perfectly decorated tea houses and restaurants, traditional Chinese architecture, unique handicrafts shops, and a bustling central square with live music and street food vendors.
I honestly could have spent a week here just wandering the streets, relaxing in tea houses, and soaking in the tranquility of this idyllic little town. 🌸 It’s an absolute can’t-miss destination on your China itinerary!
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No better way to see these towering, other-worldly karst mountains than from the water. 🛶
Perched on a traditional bamboo raft, floating through rural villages, under ancient stone bridges, and alongside this imposing landscape under the hazy morning light — it’s one of those picture-perfect scenes I hope to never forget.
📍To get to Yangshuo, you can fly into Guilin airport and take a 1.5-hour taxi. Make sure you schedule a couple of hours for a raft trip while in Yangshuo (trust me, the time flies by!). Start first thing in the morning for some peace & tranquility, and to catch this dreamy golden sunlight!
📷 snapped by @destinationchaser and edited by me using my “Havana” Preset — available at the link in my bio!
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China is definitely a place of extremes — the most challenging, frustrating travel moments I’ve ever experienced combined with the most insane, awe-inspiring landscapes I’ve ever seen.
For example, the WORST overnight sleeper-train ride of my life ultimately brought me to THIS epic place: the “Avatar Mountains” of Zhangjiajie. This was probably the most surreal, alien-like landscape I’ve ever seen anywhere on the planet.
Thousands of jagged rock towers, each hundreds of feet tall and over 300 million years old, seemed to pierce the clouds at their peak and drop into an endless abyss at their base.
It felt prehistoric and futuristic at the same time... so hauntingly beautiful that @destinationchaser and I decided we needed to come back and explore for a second day.
It’s places like this that make all these travel challenges worthwhile. 🙌🏼 If you want restful, “fun” travel, I’d recommend a different destination. But if you want extreme challenges followed by extreme reward, you’ll definitely find it in China.
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📍The Leshan Giant Buddha statue (shown in this photo 📷) is the largest stone Buddha in the world, dating back to 803 AD. The monks who built it hoped it would calm the turbulent rivers onto which the Buddha looks 🌊 — it worked, because all the stone carved out of the mountain was thrown into the water, inadvertently altering the currents and calming the waters!