August 29, 2010

The Finest Scenery under Heaven

Generations of Chinese poets and painters have called Guilin “the finest scenery under heaven.
Traditional Chinese brush painting

During his visit to the area in 1979, Henry Kissinger, US Secretary of State at the time, commented: "Before l came here l thought the Chinese landscape paintings were but the romantic creation of painters, but now having seen the landscape… l realize they are realistic genuine portrayals.

There isn't much that can surpass the serenity of softly floating down the Yulong (Meeting the Dragon) River on a simple bamboo raft (which you can see here) surrounded by magnificent limestone pinnacles veiled in a gentle mist… “merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.”

Guangxi, 2007

This bridge with a lone bicyclist is posted for Louis la Vache's Sunday Bridges and Aisha's Scenic Sunday. The link will take you to links to other bloggers posting amazing bridges and scenes around the globe.

25 comments:

Dianne said...

Amazing, I see what you see in this moment.
Thank you,
Dianne

shirley said...

Thanks for the simplicity that is China - not Beijing and the big cities, but the real China.

cieldequimper said...

Like a myth. Beautiful photo, too.

T. Becque said...

Wow, that place is real?! It's exquisite.

Thank you for your honesty on my photo :)

Kaori said...

Gorgeous! Were you waiting until the biker was at that spot? Because the photo really is beautiful, like a painting :D

joo said...

I love the photo and the story! Great post.
happy Sunday to you:)

Ann said...

No wonder I thought the painting looks Chinese. I also posted a bridge, taken by my husband. Hopefully next time, I will post mine. LOL

VP said...

I don't know much about China, but I wonder how they would keep most of their country this way, with that kind of economy and population. The country is immense, but we have seen this before...

Walk in New York said...

magnifique b&w, une tres belle athmosphere

Leora said...

How gentle and lovely. It does look like a Chinese painting.

Cezar and Léia said...

It's very interesting!The bridge is beautiful,I like the picture, it's a postcard from so different place!
Happy Sunday
Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

Elisa said...

It´s a great view!
Nice week end
Elisa, Argentina

JM said...

Any image with these limestone pinnacles makes my day! I've only seen then in the Andaman Sea, Thailand. Gorgeous shot, Francisca!

Lucka said...

Amazing atmosphere! thanks for sharing.

EG Wow said...

Lovely post and I like the photo in B&W.

tapirgal said...

I'm with those who thought these 'scapes were mythical and imaginative until I began to see a few photos - very few until you came along.

Ebie said...

That's a long bridge. I see the cyclist. Love the soft mountain background.

jennyfreckles said...

That's especially good enlarged. It could almost be a painting itself.

Kirigalpoththa said...

It is just like a mythical place.

Kirigalpoththa said...

BTW, how do you travel so much? You looks like always on the move around the world :)

Evelyn said...

The Chinese landscape depicted in their paintings is pretty unique, and extremely beautiful. I've been to a place like this outside Beijing during my first trip, but I can't remember what's it's called. Your photo is truly beautiful. That lone cyclist is a nice touch too.

Lesley said...

The misty mountains in the background look so surreal.
It is very beautiful, especially when enlarged.

VioletSky said...

This is gorgeous!
You managed to get the cyclist in eactly the best position.

Kay L. Davies said...

Simply beautiful, Francisca. I love black and white photos, and used to like to watch photographers work in the darkroom, where they knew how to get the very best from the negative onto the paper.

Jacob said...

Like another world, this misty, mysterious place.

It looks rather like where one of the James Bond movies was filmed...