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"Life's not a bitch, life is a beautiful woman. You only call her a bitch because she won't let you get that pussy."
Aesop Rock

Today was my only full day to spend in the province of Guizhou and I was kinda torn between visiting a vast cave system only accessible by boat and exploring the city's house-mountain plus visiting wetlands outside the city. Found out that the tickets for the morning trains to the cave were all sold so I hopped on the buses down to the Huan Xi Wetlands.
That was an extraordinary trip, people were already packt like sardines as I had to stand next to the driver when even more folks and a woman with a large basket full of peppers cramped in, because why not? It took some 90 minutes, mostly because we drove along a neverending construction site of a highway, which in harsh reality meant that we were trucking over impromptu, makeshift lanes sometimes climbing the sidewalks and whatever most-horizontal planes. I can't image forgetting about that when I get the urge to complain about road conditions anywhere.

The river and lakes of the park were such a welcome relief, also because the weather was incredibly good. No stairs to climb meant I had a full afternoon just strolling from islet to islet, taking in the sweet sunhine, enjoying the flora and my rockstardom. Well, that's really how it kinda feels like being asked for fotographs every now and then anyways (8 Especially when I let my hair down people just can't help but have their attention diverted. No 15 minutes go by without someone going:"Harro!" and they flip just when I respond and wave:"Hallo!" :D And today it's even been people of all ages and even from passing motorcycles or the other side of the street.
Enough allures, the area was amazing and astonishingly featured spots where one could sit in near silence and just relax and that's the very first time I experienced that over here.

13919   |   photo 中国 贵州 water river mountain forest human umbrella

Guiyang is such a lovable city, more civilized than Kunming but equally as green, located on a large river and fashionably up-to-date like Chengdu and modernity-wise exactly in the middle between those too. The first subway line went into operation only about two years ago and there's tons of construction sites around. Every major Chinese city kinda has/is looking for its field of expertise and Guiyang claims itself Big Data capital. Someone told me that Xi'an is the China of the past, Shanghai is the China of the present and Chengdu is the China of the future. My bets are Guiyang is on track to become the next Chengdu, 100元 on that!

13919   |   photo 中国 贵州 city mountain forest fog

Made it to Shilin county and spent the day at the scenic Stone Forest. It's one of the AAAAA Scenic Areas of China and it deserves that classification without any question! It rained and drizzled all of the time, but that didn't take away any of the tremendous beauty of the landscape. Can't even spell it out, just have a glimpse.

P.S.: Shout out to past-me for packing that rain cape I got back in '09 and only ever put to use once until now.

9919   |   photo 中国 云南 mountain rock plant tree forest

9919   |   photo 中国 云南 landscape mountain rock plant tree forest

9919   |   photo 中国 云南 landscape mountain rock plant tree forest

Welcome to Yunnan! No exaggeration: I haven't seen the tiniest speck of sky since I left Prague. Stepping out Kunming's Metro eight days later I can confirm the Chinese sky's blue, too! Already made some friends at the skate area, one of them runs a skate/tattoo shop right across the street from my hotel. Guess who's rocking a new tee in imperial yellow :D Love this city!

8919   |   photo 中国 云南 landscape mountain forest

The Pampa Luxsar lava complex along the border between Chile and Bolivia in a combined visible and infrared light montage.
NASA/METI/AIST/Japan Space Systems, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

41118   |   nature mountain volcano rainbow

22518   |   България Со́фия photo city building mountain

22518   |   България Со́фия photo mountain forest street car

22518   |   България Со́фия photo nature mountain forest

21518   |   България Со́фия photo architecture mountain church pattern tree

21518   |   България Со́фия photo nature mountain snow plant grass forest

21518   |   България Со́фия photo building house plant forest tree mountain

Franklin Booth - Tree and Mountains

15218   |   drawing black.white plant tree mountain building sculpture

Arnold Chang - Landscape, 2008

171217   |   painting black.white nature landscape mountain plant tree

19817   |   photo city architecture building mountain sky cloud roof Αθήνα ελληνικά

I'm gonna miss the view from my office :O

141016   |   photo water sea mountain wave plant grass Norge Ålesund