Runaway Photo: Masculine Landscape of China

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Runaway Photo: Masculine Landscape of China

Fact: China is beautiful

My encounter with China was complicated, very. The three months in China was like riding a roller coaster for three months. I wrote about several unfortunate incidents in China (including Asian-Asian racism: Why Chinese people hate me, Top 5 worst travel moments), and also chanted how beautiful this country was (Tiger Leaping Gorge, Meeting panda bears for the first time, Hiking Emei Shan on foot).

I know, I am not the best spokesperson for the Chinese tourism industry, but I want to share the masculine scenery in China through this photo essay. Some photos are the ones I’ve already shared, some are new. Certainly, I didn’t see it all, but it was enough for me to gasp every time. Just like China we all know, there are some of the biggest monuments, and well-made highway to the top of the mountains. I can proudly say I visited all these places by foot and by bike. Mainly I spent time in Yunnan, Sichuan and Guangxi province.

Emei Shan

Hiking Emei Shan – Sichuan Province

Dragon Bridge in Yangshuo

Dragon Bridge in Yangshuo, Guangxi Province

Leshan Giant Buddha

The Giant Buddha in Leshan, Sichuan Province

Jianshui rice paddies

Rice paddies near Jianshui, Yunnan Province

Black Dragon Pool in Lijiang

Black Dragon Pool in Lijiang, Yunnan Province

Moon hill in Yangshuo

Moon hill in Yangshuo, Guangxi Province


View in Shaxi, Yunnan Province


Pinge, Sichuan Province

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan Province


Sunrise over Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan Province

Xinjie rice terraces

Xinjie rice terraces in Yunnan Province


Dramatic view of Yangshuo, Guanxi Province

Yangzhi river

Yangzhi River – three gorges


Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. Currently based in Anchorage, Alaska and exploring this amazing Last Frontier. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Instagram .


  1. Ross says:

    Great photos. China has been like a roller coaster for me too. I have a Chinese visa good until September but I just don’t know if I am ready to go back this year.

  2. Stephen says:

    Beautiful photos! I know China can be a challenging place to travel at times. BUt also at time a very beautiful one.

  3. Koty says:

    Gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Awesome photos. I have been to China for my honeymoon in 2006 and I think it was very different to what it is now post the Olympics. I loved it, but only got the chance to see four places. (Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Hong Kong) There is so much more to explore, especially the Yunnan province, and I love the look of the giant buddha. Looks absolutely incredible! Really makes me want to go back now!

  5. Tripz says:

    Just too freaking awesome! I love all these High definition photos from your travel! Looks increddible for the giant buddha! did you go using travel packages?

  6. Tripz says:

    I just wanna say the yunnan one was really really incredible…

  7. bernie says:

    wow!! yeah really great photos!!

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