Climbing Jade "Mountain"

by Craig Casterline January. 16, 2021 320 views
The view upstream

The view upstream

We went to Yangshuo, China for a vacation over Christmas break. Not far from the hostel we were staying at was Jade Mountain — a rather large stone hill that had some scenic views. So, I did a photo hike.

All said, the hike to the top took only about 45 minutes (including breaks) but was rather strenuous at times and a little treacherous (due primarily to lack of maintenance of the trail and unstable hand rails). But being out in nature in a rustic environment was fun along with the photo opportunities it presented.

The summit. I was joined by a father and his daughter. A few minutes later, a group of 70+ year-old women joined us but didn't want their picture taken.

The summit. I was joined by a father and his daughter. A few minutes later, a group of 70+ year-old women joined us but didn't want their picture taken.

Just behind the building was a deteriorating tomb in the Guilin province style.

Just behind the building was a deteriorating tomb in the Guilin province style.

The view from the first viewpoint.

The view from the first viewpoint.

The view upstream.

The view upstream.

For the last half of the ascent, the steps were carved into the mountain.

For the last half of the ascent, the steps were carved into the mountain.

The summit. I was joined by a father and his daughter. A few minutes later, a group of 70+ year-old women joined us but didn't want their picture taken.

The summit. I was joined by a father and his daughter. A few minutes later, a group of 70+ year-old women joined us but didn't want their picture taken.

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Sarah Ernst 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Beautiful images ! What struck me is the similarity between abandoned places in China and abandoned cabins & farms in Appalachia. I see them a lot and don't photograph them often but your images made me think I probably should document that more.

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Craig Casterline Replied to Sarah Ernst 2 months, 3 weeks ago

You certainly should do this. They are relics of the past that help us to understand the present better. I look forward to seeing them.

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Benny Law 3 months ago

You have captured some stunning views! The water looks so clear. Could you see any fish in the river?

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Craig Casterline Replied to Benny Law 3 months ago

Thank you. No, we never saw any but didn't look for them either.

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