Traveling in CHINA Since 1985 by Robert Glenn Ketchum
During the reign of Mao (1949-1976), China was a closed country. China in the 1980’s was 80% rural, with no outside visitors, particularly from the West. When China opened to travelers, the Chinese government placed severe limitations on who was allowed to enter the country. Earthwatch was one organization that allowed foreigners to visit China without going through too much red-tape. These photographs are a first glimpse into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Traveling in China Since 1985, #89
CHINA #89: After oohing and aahing appropriately at the fog/spires/sunrise, Carey I walked many of the same paths as the day before, and found them and their pavilions as crowded and noisy as they were previously. Eventually we sought out a quiet spot or two, in an "odd" place so we could enjoy #Huangshan in some solitude... and discuss the future. We had one more night on top, and then our guide was to take us back down by cable car, where we would overnight at a hotel in the valley once again, before departing by bus the next day. The guide made it VERY clear that he was not walking down, and that he felt quite sure we were not capable of doing so either. We knew from reading there was SO much more to the mountain, and many THOUSANDS of stairs we had not seen, all below us. But amazingly -- probably intentionally -- there were no trail maps in #English, and even the #Chinese ones we looked at seemed highly confusing and completely without topographic description. So could it be done in one day, and how hard could it be?
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