Finally Found The Spot

Funny story about this photo. I had seen on-line a fantastic panorama taken by Trey Ratcliff of a scenic spot in Yangshuo. Two years ago, I sent the photo to our travel company in China to see if they could find the location where the photo was taken. They wrote back saying they knew the location. However, when I arrived, and they took me to the location they THOUGHT was the spot, it was NOT the location. It was another scenic spot just as beautiful, but not the spot I was thinking.

So, a couple of months ago, I again tried to find the spot before my return trip to Yangshuo last week. I wrote to my travel agency, and they wrote that they still didn’t know where the spot was. So, I sent an email to Trey asking him if he could tell me where the spot was located. Graciously, he wrote back, and told me to contact the travel agent he used. I then contacted his travel agent, and was able to arrange a time to meet so that they could take me to the “secret” spot. The problem was that I was traveling with 19 students, and I could only take two students with me. Since I couldn’t just leave 17 other students stranded, I had to abandon my trip with Trey’s travel agent to take me there. Back to the drawing board.

A week later, my travel agent wrote back saying they found the spot…it was actually a pretty famous spot for photographers. They sent me the name of the hill, I “googled” it, and YES! It was the spot.

BUT, not really….Trey apparently hiked up a different hill close to where we were. Reading his description, it sounded like he forged a new trail hacking his way up with a machete…the hill I climbed had stairs to the top, and a small gathering of Chinese Photographers were all up top with their tripods already set up for photos. For the life of me, I can’t tell where he took his panorama…I can see some similar things in our two photos, but they were for sure taken from a different perspective…or maybe he had done some clever Photoshop work. Either way, his photo is one of my all time favorites…but I also like mine…just wish there was some color from an actual sunset. I was told by our guides that the sun only comes out in October or November….gotta come back, I guess!

By the way, this is a 17-photo panorama…