June 20, 2014

Urban Formations

Photograph by Carsten Peter, National Geographic

Yangshuo, China, was a sleepy village two decades ago, when foreign climbers and cavers began frequenting nearby formations. Today domestic tourists vastly outnumber foreign visitors.

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27 comments
XZ Wu
XZ Wu

Yeah, that is a beautiful place....and I had very nice memory over there

Dagny Rivers
Dagny Rivers

Very nice, the way the light plays of the cliffs, love it!


DIN Nance
DIN Nance

Yangshuo is a lovely , friendly place for a holiday . We loved every minute there , except when we went out onto the roof top for a drink the first night . It was dark but after a few minutes we turned around and saw a HUGE black shape behind us .....scary but amazing .

cynthia t.
cynthia t.

It's quite realistic. Typical Urban China.

Shannon T
Shannon T

What a lovely view to have. Great shot.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Crowded but gorgeous!           The lighting is fantastic, bringing out all the colors and various shading in the photograph.        The formations are a sight to behold, very mysterious and interesting, would love to see in person.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Urban jumble, and so colorful with people dotted around and some cars thrown in as well. The rock formations are awesome, strong and' just there' to be admired. A really good shot, all lit up, that I enjoy looking at.  j.e.s........

Rícard Rizzi
Rícard Rizzi

Interesting thought there was only this type of geological formation nearby Tibet. Amazing how the Chinese manage to feed such a large land with so many little conducive to farming population.

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