June 4, 2014

Sunset at Xingping

Photograph by James Bian, National Geographic Your Shot

The sun sets over the mountaintops in Xingping, China, in this photo by Your Shot member James Bian.

"Guilin and the Li River are famous for their beautiful landscape," he writes. "Visiting this area [has been] my dream. Before the trip, I selected a couple of locations to photograph sunrise and sunset, and Laozhai mountain was one of them. On a clear afternoon, I hiked to the peak an hour before sunset on a trail built and maintained by a Japanese gentleman (which saves a lot of energy for photographers). The view was overwhelming, with the Li River making a 180-degree turn right under my feet. I spent most of my time focusing on a wide-angle view until I realized that leaving the river out and just zooming in on the peaks and sun was a much better composition."

Bian's picture recently appeared in the Your Shot Daily Dozen.

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43 comments
erbPIX™
erbPIX™

Your impressive image suggests to me that it could have been taken on another planet.

Henry Engelbrecht
Henry Engelbrecht

This photo is so amazing. It's hard to believe that this is part of our natural world. Compliments to the photographer.

Lucy A.
Lucy A.

Breathtaking - you did wonderfully to capture such a stunning landscape.

Omaira M.
Omaira M.

The tiny looking sun added color to the picture. Just amazing...

Janice H.
Janice H.

Amazing, lovely, lofty,.....muted shades of sunset.   Great photograph and inspiring peaks!

daddyb cat
daddyb cat

Beautiful.  Sad that part of what makes it so striking is the pollution that created the red sunset and the foggy feel of the mountains. 

Ruth Aguiar
Ruth Aguiar

Overwhelming. What a wonderful world. What a wonderful photo!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Nothing to soften these rugged mountains,but the pinkey/orange sun filled sky. Ah,yes the green at their foot are the cushions they rest on! A really great shot, that I love to look at. Thanks James. j.e.s........  

William Morrice
William Morrice

Lovely photo and brilliant location and Guillin is something special

Jayne Ehlers
Jayne Ehlers

This photo draws me in and I just can't stop looking at it - so beautiful.!

Lisa Scimeca
Lisa Scimeca

Fantastic! Congratulations on Photo of the Day! Just beautiful!!!!

Nuno M.
Nuno M.

Brilliant composition!
And the different levels of mountains are strange but give to the photo a strong feeling!

Congratulations!

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