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, August 29, 2014
Traveling in China Since 1985, #94
CHINA #94: Carey and I walked to this more remote sunset view, in part, because it was the pathway we would follow out and down in the morning. From our hotel, we had to navigate some guest houses where tourists were staying, as well as several employee "villages" in order to reach this spot. This is where the staircase first plunges downward (to the left in this picture), leaving the 'service' area of the mountain, entering the 'wilder' mountain park. We needed to be sure of our route, so in the early morning hour of our departure, we would lose no time being confused by the numerous trails. Staring down into the darkening abyss at the infinity of stairs, I thought of a quote from a great Alaskan adventurer Norman Vaughan, who said, "The only death you die is the death you die every day by not living. Dream big and dare to fail." So, here we go... we are a LONG way from home!
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