(Dec 2015) 成都周边 (宽窄巷/青城山/都江堰/乐山)

Last month, I travelled to Si Chuan, the southwestern province of China famous for spicy hotpot and beautiful natural landscapes. I have taken many pictures during my trip and selected a few of them to post here. I have to say that I am never a trained photographer, and non of these pictures were photoshopped. Nevertheless, I wish you enjoy these pictures.

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The stylistic Starbucks coffee shop in the Wide&Narrow Alley (宽窄巷) of Cheng Du. The buildings have history of over a thousand years. They have been fixed and re-decorated many times in history. Similar to this coffee shop, most old buildings in this alley has been turned into shopping areas with modern features inside.
The main gate of the Mont. Qing Cheng (青城山). It has the elevation of around 1200m and takes an afternoon to climb to the top.
The main gate of the Mount. Qing Cheng (青城山). It has the elevation of around 1200m and takes a whole afternoon to climb to the top.
This is a very interesting geographic feature of mountains in Si Chuan. People have to walk carefully through it. It is about 1.7m wide, and many need to bend their necks. It is also a spot for photography as the shape feels like a writing brush.
This is a very interesting geographic feature of mountains in Si Chuan. People have to walk carefully through it. It is about 1.7m wide, and many need to bend their necks. It is also a spot for photography as the shape feels like a broken writing brush.
You have to read the words from right to left. The phrase was written in traditional Chinese, and it means the greatest virtue is to do nothing (my own translation haha). It is central to Daoism in China.
You have to read the words from right to left. The phrase was written in traditional Chinese, and it means the greatest virtue is to do nothing (my own translation haha). It is central to Daoism in China. Based on my limited knowledge of ancient Chinese philosophy, such belief is opposite to Confucianism which believes that virtuous people should work hard and constantly do things that improve themselves.
I am standing at the highest point of Mont. Qing Cheng (青城山). It is a tower built for Daoism. The air feels cold and clean. I took a picture of all the small mountain around. It was a bit hazy as well, and you may not see the trees clearly.
I am standing at the highest point of Mount. Qing Cheng (青城山). It is a tower built for Daoism. The air feels cold and clean. I took a picture of all the small mountain around. It was a bit hazy as well, and you may not see the trees clearly. After climbing ~6km for about five hours, I could finally “一览众山小”.

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The above three pictures were taken in the well-known Dujiangyan Irrigation System (都江堰), the ancient irrigation project that was initially built about over two thousand years ago, and has been constantly strengthened since then. The project still works significantly today to mitigate flooding and provide sufficient water resources to the cities around. I have no idea how the project works though. It seems really complicated. But the main idea is to divide the main river into smaller tributaries of different directions, and cut the tributaries that are prone to flooding. I ‘risked my life’ taking the second picture because the wooden bridge was shaking. I was quite frightened although most people seemed to enjoy the shaking.

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The above two pictures were taken at the Leshan Grand Buddha (乐山大佛). I learned that it is around 70 meters high, making it the biggest sitting Buddha in the world. It was built for 90 years during the Tang Dynasty, and was almost destroyed in history.

 

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