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6 of My Most Favorite Pictures Taken in China

July 20, 2017
hello! it’s kaitlin and i am here today with my first post for twirling pages. if you don’t know i am a huge traveler and recently, i was fortunate enough to spend a few weeks wandering around china. i had such a great time there and saw some really nice places which is why i am super excited today to share with you guys some of my favorite pictures that i took on my trip! i can’t say that i am a really good photographer but i do love taking pictures of scenery, especially when i am traveling to new places. also, i love taking pictures because i also love editing them on vscocam afterwards. i definitely think adding a filter or putting in some edits to pictures just kind of makes it look a little nicer. of course, editing sometimes won’t be able to make a photo look good or bad, but it’s something that i really love doing. if you have any tips for me, let me know!

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1. this photo was taken in 张家界  (zhang jia jie), a place with beautiful canons and columns and honestly, i’ve never seen anything like it. the whole time i was there i could not stop taking pictures of the canons and all the greenery this place had. getting around the canons did take a lot of hiking but the view the whole time was so worth it. they even shot avatar (the blue people) here! i really love this shot because it captures all that i loved about 张家界, all the beautiful plants, trees and also all the canons and columns. and because i was so high off the ground, i was able to get the *whole* entire scenery, which i really liked.

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2. this photo was also taken in 张家界 during a 3 mile hike between two canons. yes, you read that right. that day we walked across a glass bridge and then hiked down the side of the mountain, eventually ending up between the two canons and walking the three-mile path to a boat which would take us back to the parking lot. in all, it took about 3 hours and i was so hungry by the end of it. the hike was beautiful though and i took so many pictures through it all. i love this picture because i was able to get the water and wooden path we had walked on through the whole thing. although it was hot, the whole hike was so relaxing and beautiful, which this picture captures, the beauty and relaxing vibes the hike had.

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3. this was taken in 香港 (hong kong), which was definitely one of my favorite places i went during my trip. although it doesn’t have the natural aspects like 张家界, i love being in busy cities and hong kong is most definitely an extremely busy city. hong kong also has got some bombass food oh my lord, which is why one day i am probably going back there. i decided to include this picture because it captures what i really love about hong kong: the busy-ness, the old buildings (sounds weird but i find something very comforting in homes that are very lived in), and also all the little shops on the side.

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4. y’all know what this is! this is probably one of the only good pictures i took of the great wall of china the day i went, probably because i was delirious the whole time. yep, i did the great wall of china in 100 degree heat and was extremely dehydrated afterward. i’ve been on the wall before and that time me and my family had gone to the part of the wall closer to beijing but this time we went to a section of the wall called 慕田峪 (mu tian yu) which is further away from beijing but so much better. there was so little people on the wall (can you tell? there is no one in my picture!) and was a great place for taking pictures of and with the wall. i love this picture’s simplicity. how you get the wall, all the bushes and trees with it, and also a lot of the picture is of the sky behind. the simplicity of the picture is definitely why i love it so much.

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5. i took this picture in 庐山 (lu shan) and the day i was hiking around the mountain, it was raining and cloudy and the weather was not the most ideal. however, it was such a great day for pictures because the fog made the mountain look so beautiful. the mountain is also very green with a whole bunch of trees and greenery, which i got in the picture.  i was able to capture the fog rolling in as well, which i thought looked really good because it eats up half the mountain but hasn’t eaten up the other half yet. also, the little gazebo in the picture kind of brings the whole thing together. 庐山 was one of my most favorite places during my trip, partly because of how beautiful the mountains were when i went.
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6. this last picture was taken 96 floors above the ground in 深圳 (shen zhen). i spent my first day there chilling on the top of one of their tallest buildings in the city and the view was so nice. during the time that we went to 深圳, it was raining a lot, so the weather was in a cycle of clear weather and rain. it was beautiful to see from so up high because i was kind of at the same level as the clouds. what i love about this picture (like the great wall picture) is how the sky takes up a lot of the picture. the city at the bottom half is already pretty busy so the clouds kind of bring some balance to the picture. and 深圳 was such a beautiful city to see from above. i hope you guys enjoyed this post as much as i enjoyed putting it together! if you like any of my pictures i would love to know. thanks for reading! 😉

Kaitlin Dang

kaitlin is a fifteen-year-old living in the bay area. when she doesn't have her nose buried in a book, her face can also either be found buried in her laptop screen or a plate of food. her life is a mess but somehow, she pulls it together.

  • kaitlin, your photos are GORGEOUS. teach me your tricks please. i loved hearing about your travels…the only complaint i have is that this post was too short :(( also where were all the pictures of the fooooood??? IN ALL SERIOUSNESS THOUGH, i loved this post and love that you took the time to share your adventures with us! i’ve been to china a few times but have only really visited cities so it was so refreshing to see all your pictures of the mountains & forests…sometimes amidst the thousands of skyscrapers in the city, it can be difficult to remember that there are such beautiful natural spaces remaining too! your photo of the great wall is so beautiful!!! it makes me want to go back to beijing and visit it again. when i went, it was really rainy & as we were with a tour group, we were a bit pressed for time so we had only about 45 minutes to explore…not sure where we were but the part of the wall we visited was soooo busy so it wasn’t a great experience. i would love to be able to go back one day too and seek out a quieter part to go to.

    anywayyy, loved this post kaitlin!!!

  • hopefray

    your pictures are unlike everything I’ve seen so far (never left europe, that’s probably the reason :).
    anyway, all six pictures are gorgeous kaitlin and I’d love to see even more of your trip.
    xx