Sunrise Over Yangshuo Karst Formations by taffy

Sunrise Over Yangshuo Karst Formations

Junko and I were picked up by our guide at 4:45 a.m. on our first morning in Yangshuo. We drove about 45 minutes to the base of Xianggong Mountain where we began our ascent up stone steps to the mountain top lookout point. While the steps were a challenge, they made the climb possible - I know I couldn't have climbed the mountain via simply a trail, given how steep it was!
And best of all, our guide made us tea and coffee when our shoot was over and had muffins for us (we had thought she carrying camera gear in her pack so it was a total surprise). I can't convey what it felt like to be above the world, drinking tea and looking over this scene!
Taken from the lookout point, stitched together in Photoshop and edited in LR.
PS...vocabulary word of the day: Karst = limestone formations that rise from the earth like those pictured in the photograph.
B&W more closeup version in extras album: http://365project.org/taffy/the-also-ran-ph/2016-11-05
See Junko's album for additional views (and I'm sure I'll post more -- it was magical to be there): http://365project.org/jyokota/365/2016-11-05
Gorgeous capture. That's a very dramatic landscape.
November 12th, 2016  
Wow. Stunning!!
November 12th, 2016  
Love how your pano captures the expanse, the sunrise, and the mist -- all in one image!
November 12th, 2016  
Beautiful
November 12th, 2016  
hit the fav button as soon as I saw it :)
November 12th, 2016  
Fabulous view!
November 12th, 2016  
This is breathtaking!
November 12th, 2016  
Wonderful tones and layers, fabulous image - fav
November 12th, 2016  
Beautiful tones and layers. Fav!! 😃
November 12th, 2016  
gorgeous view
November 12th, 2016  
Wooooooow!
November 12th, 2016  
Wonderful view and lovely tones.
November 12th, 2016  
Stunning -- love the layers and tones --fav
November 12th, 2016  
oh my how stunningly gorgeous and serene. i just have to say what i said to junko!
November 12th, 2016  
You two had the best experience! So high here! fav
November 12th, 2016  
Ack! What a fabulous vista!!! 😊 Such an experience and shot.
November 12th, 2016  
What a fabulous experience and shot, a fav.
November 12th, 2016  
Wonderful. What an experience.
November 12th, 2016  
Excellent.
November 12th, 2016  
I love the early morning for it's peace and beauty.
November 12th, 2016  
Absolutely fabulous, a huge fav.
November 12th, 2016  
Wonderful shot
November 12th, 2016  
Lovely view and landscape!
November 13th, 2016  
Stunning vista of this karst country. The haze is a real asset here.
November 13th, 2016  
Thailand and Laos have lots of karsts, but I haven't seen anything like this vista before.
November 13th, 2016  
Spectacular view! FAV!
November 13th, 2016  
Beautiful shot! Fav
November 13th, 2016  
Wow... fav!
November 13th, 2016  
Breathtaking scene. Beautiful colors, interesting shapes, and fascinating story about the journey to the viewpoint.
November 13th, 2016  
I like it better in colour. What a view!
November 13th, 2016  
@golftragic I'd never heard the term, karst, before. Fascinating to know there are others.
November 13th, 2016  
Stunning-fav
November 13th, 2016  
Stunning photo, that must have been such an incredible experience and what a view! Fav.
November 13th, 2016  
Amazing! Can't imagine seeing that with my own two eyes! fav
November 13th, 2016  
Fav. I am so enjoying your trip!!
November 13th, 2016  
WOW what an amazing sight a big FAV
November 13th, 2016  
Took my breath away 👍👍👍
November 13th, 2016  
Wow!!!! The depth and color is incredible!!
November 13th, 2016  
This is wonderful Taffy, the layers, colour and light are amazing.
November 13th, 2016  
Superb and fav !
November 13th, 2016  
fav
November 14th, 2016  
Wow beautiful! Fav!
November 14th, 2016  
Wow,wow. I bet this looked even better in person. What an amazing place.
November 14th, 2016  
Breathtaking!! Thank you Taffy for sharing these stunning scenes which I know i will never see myself. Even if I got to China I would never be able to climb those steps!! LOL!! Fav!
November 14th, 2016  
Oh my word, that is awesome ... and that's a word I rarely use!
November 15th, 2016  
Jo
Wow Taffy this is definitely one for the wall, what a fabulous view and shot. Gorgeous, FAV
November 15th, 2016  
What a feeling to be sipping on your nice guide's beverages overseeing all of this beauty.
November 20th, 2016  
I can just imagine what it must have been like to sit there.
November 23rd, 2016  
Favtastic!
November 23rd, 2016  
FAV.
Amazing shot.
November 23rd, 2016  
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