Yangshuo County, Guilin, China – Justin Dong – Guest Photographer   38 comments


Justin Dong – Guest Photographer

Today’s photo comes from our guest photographer Justin Dong.  He is a college student at Rice University who has been studying abroad in Asia.  You can check out his interesting work at http://asianinasia.wordpress.com/.  His HDR images are top notch.

Take it away Justin,

Yangshuo county in Guilin (Guangxi province), China contains some of the most breathtaking scenery I’ve ever seen in my life. There’s a saying that goes: “Guilin’s scenery is the best under heaven, Yangshuo’s scenery is the best in Guilin.”  That should tell you all you need to know. The 20 RMB bank note illustration is actually a portion of the Lijiang River (Li River for short) near Yangshuo.

On our last day, we made a short hike up a hill to view the sunset over Yangshuo. The whole scene – the mountains, the vibrant skies, the people going about their business below us – was just surreal. Definitely one of the best moments of my life.

Charlie again.

Here are the camera settings for all you photo geeks like myself.

 exposure – -2, 0, +2 HDR, ISO – 100, f-stop – 2.8, focal length – 14mm, lens – Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX. The sun sets behind the mountains of Yangshuo.

38 responses to “Yangshuo County, Guilin, China – Justin Dong – Guest Photographer

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  1. Very nice photo. I’ve actually been to Guilin before. Keep up the good work!

  2. Amazing achievement to build a city here – and another amazing achievement to capture it in this superb photo.

  3. Awesome photo! It’s the place in those ancient chinese paintings as it appears today – amazing!

    btw, thanks for liking my Grilled Lamb post. Hope you try it, it’s easy and delicious

  4. Amazing view! Photos are lovely!

  5. Wow and wow again. Fantastic image!

  6. My goodness they’ve crammed a lot of city in that valley!

  7. Reblogged this on kap10bob and commented:
    Check out this great photoblog!

  8. What a great HDR photo! Really inspiring! I wish to be able to shoot a masterpiece like this in future.

    Here are my latest amateur shots on facebook https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.369041073109752.107860.329768407037019&type=3

    and on wordpress wp.me/p1Hsm2-31


  9. very nice

  10. I’ve been to Yangzhou and what Justin writes in this post is true. Very cool scenery and lots of western food to eat on the main street shown in the photo. There are many westerners living in Yangzhou enjoying the hippie life. IF you’re ever in China, you must visit this place and take a ride on the special boats/rafts that take you along the LiJiang river.

  11. 那張照片是太漂亮了 I love it~

  12. This is a beautiful picture, i love it. I never thought there is an urban life in paradise such as this. Thank you for liking my post Anilao, Batangas at http://hazelbenimages.wordpress.com/

    Cheers! xoxo

  13. Reblogged this on Soul Canvas and commented:
    Nothing I love more than a good photo!! This is a picture of Yangshuo County in Guilin China. Looks magical.

  14. Amazing – I have never seen anything like this before. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  15. The hills are like hugry monsters crowding in for a feeding frenzy.

  16. Crazy good photos!!

  17. Ethereal – nice contrast of warm and cool colors.

  18. Reblogged this on Basil Wheel.

  19. Very interesting photo, very interesting location!

  20. love the effect of the sun in this photo….very beautiful!

  21. Reblogged this on Ralphie´s Portal and commented:
    China unplugged!

  22. Takes you away… depth and beauty- thank you for seeing!

  23. Great capture, I took a look over at Justin site and he has some nice shots.

  24. A great photo, the city looks unreal the way it is built in between the mountains, I have never seen anything like it, Thank You for sharing this one.

  25. Love your photo. At first I thought this was a graphic illustration, the colors were so vivid. Thank you also for sharing the camera settings.

  26. Outstanding!

  27. Definitely my favorite of the week. I love how the city is just slotted in between the mountains.

  28. This is a stunning photo. Thanks!

  29. Breathtaking.

  30. I like the contrast of the buildings nestled in the mountains.

  31. I just left this message on yesterdays. My Mac jumps for some reason, but I LOVE the color blue so this photo really got to me.


  32. It’s quite entrancing… It reminds me of little lego buildings… Somehow it doesn’t seem real; like a small child’s play city. I somehow expect a ‘Giant’ to come walking through an otherwise miniature scene… Great pic..!

  33. WOW! Amazing.

  34. The light alone is amazing–it is beyond words

  35. That image is fantastic!

  36. What an amazing photo. Looking down on this town gives an impression of buildings filling every bit of space in this valley.

  37. Nice in the email, amazing on this page — size benefits this beautiful photo.

  38. What a wonderful photo, so evocative.

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