All posts tagged: beauty

Journey in Zhangjiajie: Knocking on Heaven’s Door

China’s vast and diverse territory endows the country with some of the most beautiful natural scenery on earth. In August of 2015 I was able to witness and be among the giants — the karst peaks that tower in Zhangjiajie. Between the peaks lie ravines, gorges, streams, pools, waterfalls, caves and natural bridges. This is a journey I will never forget. The awestruck feelings I experienced on this trip has compelled me to share this story. While travelling in Zhangjiajie I have gained a new appreciation for China’s unique sights, both natural and man made. This is the last post of my blogging mini-series (‘Travelogue: Journey in Zhangjiajie’). Thank you for reading along and giving me the opportunity to reflect and share my photos and stories. This is truly the joys of blogging! My roommate and I embarked on a memorable, “one of a life time”, “when we look back at this day, we’ll realize we did something quite crazy” kind of day. We knew our destination was Tianzi Mountains, a continuation of the beautiful pillars that we …

Lakes, Valleys and Mountains

Day 1: Short hike around Valley of the Five lakes with school friends. Just under 2 hours with a brisk pace to walk all 5 lakes. Very nice hike, as most of it is level and not uphill. Beautiful water and beautiful weather. Day 2: Hiking Sulfur Skyline and soaking at the Miette Hot Springs (picture above is about half way through the hike, prior there were only trees but we finally got a break and could see the valley below us) Beautiful weather again! Calgarian friend, Wesley, drove to Jasper for the first time and I showed him around town. Strange thinking I’m the “local”. Naturally, the best way to enjoy and see Jasper is to hike! We climbed Sulfur Skyline (as it’s relatively shorter, and the base is at the Hot Springs). And 2,300 ft later… Breathtaking view at the summit. According to Trail Peak, east you can see Fiddle River Valley and Mount Drinnan. West and south there is the Miette Range and Utopia Mountain. To the northwest you can see the Ashlar …