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Sunsets and Summits: China in Silhouette

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Temple of Heaven, Beijing

After the success of last week’s Hong Kong in silhouette series, I thought it was about time I gave my China photos a little more blog time after a couple of months of neglect. I may not have finally made the move to the mainland just yet, but after returning almost every chance I’ve had over the past few years, on more than a dozen trips, I’ve managed to build up a decent little collection (of around 3000 pictures) to dig into when I feel the need.

We’ve got photos from Beijing, Yangshuo, Sichuan and Hangzhou here, as well as a couple from China’s most famous two mountains, Taishan and Huangshan. My most recent trip, to Guangxi Province, saw me risk instant death-by-lightning-strike on the banks of the Li River to get the second shot in this collection. Standing in an open space next to a large body of water, using electronic equipment mounted on an aluminium tripod, is not something I hope I will be stupid enough to ever try again. But I just couldn’t stay sheltering in my cave while all those pyrotechnics were getting away with not being photographed.

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Sunset and Pagoda, West Lake, Hangzhou

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Lanterns on West Lake

West Lake in Hangzhou has given some good times and plenty of photos over the past year or so. I’m a sucker for a good sunset silhouette and make no apologies for it. While my love of climbing Chinese mountains for my customary sunrise-over-sea-of-clouds shot will probably never die.

There were more I could have chosen, but no more and no less than ten is the rule. Hopefully Part 2 will be worth the wait. Enjoy!

Prints & Downloads: All photos are available as prints and licensed downloads via the galleries section.

Read More: Visit my post Backlit and Beautiful: Hong Kong in Silhouette for more shadowy goodness.

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Sunset on Golden Summit, Emei Shan, Sichuan Province

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Lightning on the Li River, Yangshuo

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Huangshan, Anhui Province

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Taishan, Shandong Province

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