One of the things I love about China, is its varied landscapes. Here, it makes me think of a giant watercolour painting, with its reflections of the trees and bridge. As I look at it now, I’m wondering, if the point of view had been higher or lower, could I have got a reflection of the mountain?
As I recall it, this part of China is quite high altitude, with fairly hard light, which can make for striking landscapes. It can also give terrible sunburn: I can remember feeling my skin sizzle at the end of the day when I put on the “after sun”. During the day, it was quite warm, but at night it was very cold.
This was taken on a trip I took to Yunnan. This area was renamed Shangri-La, referencing James Hinton’s novel “Lost Horizon”. It certainly has mountains, monasteries and vivid blue skies.
Some technical details. For this (I think) month long trip, I just took my FujiFilm X100. Most of the time it took lovely photos, which were quite easy to edit later. Nice colours too.
Hangzhou is a large town located a couple of hours (by fast train) from Shanghai. It is popular because of its large lakes and attractive green scenery.
On this occasion, I visited during the Spring Festival and it was very busy. Never the less, I had a nice time. It was lovely to sit by the lake and watch groups of people flow by.
I believe I was using an NEX5n with the little 18-55mm lens, which I think did a nice job with little fuss. As I look at it now, I wonder what a tighter crop with just the ox and bridge would have looked like.