Trees of Red

This eerie looking path full of trees covered in red ribbons is actually a forest full of hopes and dreams. This path is a part of Tianmen Mountain in China. Tianmen is a holy mountain to the Chinese people. In the Chinese culture the color red represents happiness or jubilation. They write their wishes on…

Tianmen Dragon

This is a relief of the dreaded Tianmen Dragon! …not really. In China there is an amazing place known as Tianmen Shan (Heaven’s Gate Mountain). So named because of the giant “cave” (it’s a hole, but they call it a cave) through the mountain. It is very cool. You can climb to the top of…

Locked Away

All over China and in many of its most holy places you can find massive amounts of these engraved locks hanging off of chain railings, fences, and bridges. Sometimes these are referred to as Love Locks. The idea being that you lock your love away and it will never be broken. In China it seems that…

Tianmen Leaf

Tomorrow is the Chinese New Year, but as I am not scheduled to do a post tomorrow I thought I would take the opportunity to post something today. Happy New Year’s Eve China! I took the picture of these intricate vine leaves while exploring Tianmen Mountain in China. The vine was winding its way up…

Shrouded Path

I have to say I was a little bummed to travel all the way to Tianmen Mountain in China only to arrive with the very top of the mountain shrouded in fog. There was, however, something very beautiful and mystical about this mountainous terrain hidden away in the clouds. This specific photo is along the cliff…

Winding Road

This small section of road in the Hunan Province of China has 99 bends in it. But don’t worry, it isn’t open to typical car traffic. You can only traverse this road on a Tianmen Mountain National Park bus. To even reach the bus, one must first ride the world’s longest cable car. It is from this vantage point…