We stepped down through the valley along with the water. Wide waterfalls linked together colorful tiered lakes of various greens and blues. Meanwhile, steep mountains hemmed in the narrow valley. Forests covered the lower sections while granite took over in the upper areas. A few Tibetan villages remained in side
The stillness of grandeur filled the air. A glassy bay reflected the soaring faces of both peaks and ice. Meanwhile, chunks of ice in a multitude of shapes, sizes, and even colors dotted the placid waters like stars strewn about the sky. Visual evidence of large recent avalanche activity snaked
Rusted metal and fragments of splintered wood littered the mountainside. In a cave opening high above, an old water heater-shaped cylinder peered down below. A steel cable still taut so many decades later stretched across the trail from cliffs above to scree below. Old weathered pieces of wood previously acted
Some two hundred million gallons of water per minute flushed through a narrow passage below. The Fraser River constricted to 100’ wide and more than twice that in depth at this chokepoint. As one rush of water smoothed out, another crashed over the top roiling and raging. Both these changing
This turned out to be one of those outings where the journey proved at least as interesting as the destination. I spent the better part of 7 hours exploring a roughly 10-mile arc between Sanyi and Tai’an train stations. Along the way I discovered Shengsing/Shengxing Station, Longteng Broken Bridge remains,
Except for the tourists from all over China and even the world, the scene around me looked much the same as it had over the past 800 years. A small arched bridge connected two cobble-stoned streets. The architecture and style of the wooden buildings hadn’t changed much over the centuries.