Those ancient paintings on silk panels were not exaggerating the way things look there.
This is what mountains normally looks like in China. They are just vertical pillars. The Chinese word for mountain is 山, and you can see the reason why. There really should be a different word for mountain in China as they don't typically refer to the mountain range we see in the west.
Aren't these just the mountains in the Guilin region of China?
This mountain is in the mid-east of China. Guilin is in the south-west. Yes, Guilin is also know for these pillar like mountains. These kinds of mountains are the most common type in China, to the point where a Chinese may look at a regular mountain range and say "that's not a mountain" as they don't match up to their common concept of mountains.
丘 - teeny factory with a smoking chimney
岳 - little boat with a smoking smokestack
山 - Wolverine.
安 - fold-up picnic table with cake on it.
丘 - 像烟囱冒烟的小工厂
岳 - 像烟囱冒烟的小船
山 - 像金刚狼的手。
安 - 像折叠的野餐桌，上面放着蛋糕。
Congratulations you are now Chinese.
I'm not geology-savvy but if I remember correctly from a geology 101 course from a few years ago a lot of the mountains in China are the result of Karst topography, where limestone erodes leading mountains behind that are often largely vertical like this.
It doesn’t look real.
This feels like one of those 7D cinema things.
I wish I could go to Pandora.....
I wonder how mountains like this are formed.
It is mostly from the weathering and erosion of limestone over time.
I just watched the series finale of Avatar last night, and I'm like, do landscapes like this really exist? Like pillars and pillars of stone? How?
Well after seeing this it seems more plausible.
我昨晚刚看了《阿凡达》的大结局，我想，这样的风景真的存在吗？ 像柱子和石柱？ 怎么形成的？
Might want to check out zhangjiajie
All it's missing is a Kung Fu master jumping from peak to peak.
That rollercoaster looks fucking terrifying. Imagine if it was an actual form of transport.
It's called a funicular.
I wish the video would have lasted long enough to go through the gap.
I know they are lights or something like that, but the posts on the side of the railroad tracks look like they have skulls affixed to the top.
Wow. Love the view. Its in my bucket list. :)
The geographical make up of the Far East always blows my mind. Such beautiful landscapes!
Why are they called the yellow mountains?
Beautiful, how is tourism there? Must be a popular place and maybe overcrowded. I would really like to go though.
I believe this is the train that takes you to the Fenghuang School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
A dragon for sure lives there
Gorgeous but no way I'm riding that train or whatever it is.
What is this? Pandora?
Me: Waiting for someone to mention what game this scenery is from
Also me: HOLY HECK THIS IS REAL
looks like the avatar movie
You’re exactly right, this is the location that inspired the floating mountains of Pandora! The national park has little statues of the dragons from the movie.
I thought that location was by Zhangjiajie
Are you fucking kidding me? Amazing
No photoshop and this still lookes beautiful. Nature is awesome.
The mountains are incredible.
The train tracks look pretty scary though. Ties are all different lengths and the trestle looks rotted out. I guess it adds to the excitement, just like going on one of those rides at a carnival.
Where is this in China and can you go on the rollercoaster or train I’m not too sure what it is, if you can I’d put this on my list of places I want to go
这是在中国的什么地方? 这是过山车或者火车吗? 我不太确定这是什么，如果可以的话，我会把它列在我想去的地方的清单上
I hiked the Yellow Mountains earlier this year. One of the most challenging hikes I’ve ever done but absolutely worth it for the gorgeous views.
This is some of the most stunning footage I've ever seen. It looks so surreal!
When I was a kid I went to the top where you could “climb” around the mountains by walking along these narrow staircases with chain links for a handrail. I’m glad it was foggy that day because otherwise I would have been scared shitless by the height.
That railroad track looks hella sketchy
It is stunning indeed
I was there in 2015 for 3 days. We had to take a cable car (austrian) to get into the mountain range. One the things which stood out to me were the pathways. Every step we took was either on leveled ground or on stairs. Furthermore most of the paths were build into the sides of the mountains.
Our travelguide also told us, that we were really lucky to get such a nice weather. Most time of the year it is really foggy and you can't see shit. We got a taste of it at our departure, our sight was limited to roundabout 10 feet. It was pretty funny actually, nobody could see anything but the Chinese travel guides still tried to explain the scenery to the Chinese tourists "if you look over there you would normally see a beautiful mountain view, but not today".
我们的导游还告诉我们，能有这么好的天气真是太幸运了。 这里一年中的大部分时间都是雾蒙蒙的，什么也看不见。 我们在出发时体验到了这感觉，我们的视线被限制在十英尺的范围内。事实上，这也很有趣，没有人能看到任何东西，但中国导游仍然试图向游客解释这里的风景，“如果你往那里看，你通常会看到美丽的山景，但不是在今天”。
Wow! That’s fucking amazing
That is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen!
Where exactly is this?
This is beautiful but also mildly terrifying
It is astounding to me that places like this actually exist. What a beautiful place.
Looks like some scenery out of a book...it's do beautiful
How is everyone not super excited that there’s a train car ride you can see these gorgeous mountains with?! I’m terrified of heights, but I’d be on this in a minute! Def adding to my bucket list.
That's incredible. Never imagined something like this existed. It looks very steep. I can't imagine what animals can live there.
Looks like a place dragons would hang out in
Wow. Pretty cool. Add it to my bucket list.
I'm fairly certain this is the location that inspired a lot of the locations for Dragonball.
Didnt zhang yi jump off that mountain in hidden tiger crouching dragon?
China is awesome!
Why does this give me huge Minecraft vibes
It would be exciting if there was a roller coaster there
The graphics on the new Donkey Kong game look really good!
Imagine building your dream home right where that rail-line is.
I went to yellow mountains with my roommates in my last year of college. It’s fantastic. It’s a few hours from Shanghai, and there are plenty of buses to and from the yellow mountains. It is famously known as one of the most beautiful mountains in China.
These mountains allowed Humans to paint in natural perspectives for the first time.
Glorious earth 🌍
Are there any games set in a setting like this?
Incredible video - not at all what I would think of when I hear China
难以置信的视频 - 当我听到中国时，我一点儿也没想到
China is a large and beautiful country. Haven't been at the picture location, but spent five awesome months in China as an exchange student.
I was just there last year and it’s breathtakingly beautiful, I highly recommend visiting. Also, try and go on a week day far from any holiday. We went right around May Day and the crowds were ridiculous. Also, if you’re used to hiking on trails in the US, it will be very different. It’s fully paved and there are stairs everywhere. Absolutely exhausting, but still a great experience.
我去年刚去过那里，那里美得让人窒息，我强烈建议你们去看看。另外，试着在一个远离任何假期的工作日里去那边。 五一劳动节前后我们去了那里，那里的人群太夸张了。 而且，如果你习惯了在美国的小径上徒步旅行，那将会非常不同。这里铺满了路面，到处都是楼梯。绝对让你精疲力尽，但仍然是一次很棒的经历。
China is among the most naturally diverse nations in the world, if not perhaps the most diverse one.
Huangshan is also the city’a name where the mountains located in
China has some truly stunning landscapes
I regret skipping huangshan now, I went to zhangjiajie instead but it was fantastic as well.
Named stupidly. Huangshan *means* Yellow Mountain.
It's like Saying "Salt Lake, Salt Lake City". Makes sense to name a place out of its most prominent feature to me.
Like the Sahara desert. "Sahara" means desert in Arabic. So it's Desert Desert.
Or Lake Tahoe, in the US. Tahoe is a Anglicized word from the Native American language Washo. Tahoe means Lake. So it's Lake Lake.
English speakers seem to do this a lot. I can't think of any in Spanish or Arabic, but I'm sure there are some. As well as in other languages too.
Is this a legitimately real place on earth? It boggles my mind to think such beautiful places like this really exist. I wish I could travel the world.
The floating mountains in Avatar were in part inspired by Huangshan.
Pretty as a painting.
Amazing video. When I was there the concrete hiking paths were filled to the limit with Chinese tour groups and loads of people hiking in their Sunday finest. I’m talking full suits, women in dresses and designer shoes. It was crazy.
I was wearing hiking pants, poles and sporting a 65 lbs backpack with everything from a suit for business meetings 10 days away to a laptop computer. The Chinese thought I looked hysterical.
Beautiful. That is amazing
They don't look very yellow to me
This can't be real. One of the places my mind goes to when I meditate looks very, very much like this. Messing with my head right now.
Wtf that's real?
One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. I was there in February about 17 years ago and it was neat to see in the snow.
Also, the road up the hillside overlooking the rice fields was one of the most butt-clenching trips in a Chinese van that I’ve ever experienced.
I don't really believe this was produced by a camera.
Been there last year, rained like hell and can't see anything, and i ask our tour leader she said it's always raining, like 300 days a year.
Looks like we are about to reach Pandora
It looks like a dream
Went to that mountain last year and man a photo can not capture the true beauty of it
Heard about this place but never got to see it. Only had time for Guilin. Highly recommend it!
Earth doesn’t look like this.
Looks like something out of King Fu Panda
I was just there, It's truly amazing! I think it's on par with the US's best National Parks
Is this the real life?
For anyone wondering, the floating mountains in Avatar were inspired by Huangshan (as well as Zhangjiajie National Park).
Wow! 😍 it looks like from the movies. So beautiful
Someone should Photoshop a dragon on that perch.
I wish someone make a AAA game set in ancient China.
我希望有人能做一套中国古代的 AAA 级游戏。
This might be the most beautiful I’ve ever seen.
Wow, this looks like a painting
This looks like something straight out of a wuxia novel
Earth is so beautiful, idk why people wana go to mars
Why is everything in China Yellow? Yellow river, yellow mountain, yellow emperor etc...
Smog up in the mountains too.
The "fog" looks just like air pollution.
Not much pollution outside major population centres. This is just your usual clouds.
This is on my bucket list. Trying to learn Chinese first though!
I have a Taiwanese friend who insists it's best to learn traditional first because it's easier to step down than work up. Maybe I should go back to simplified though, because I'll need to go to China some day, more than Taiwan.
Personally I feel simplified is probably better unless you intend to go to Taiwan specifically. I went to China and basically nobody uses traditional, except for fancy store signs.
Also the changes to the radicals from traditional to simplified aren't really that difficult to figure out. I was able to tell that 愛 was 爱 pretty easily from context the other day. But like 90% of the characters are the same anyway, so even if you do learn traditional you'll probably quickly learn simplified too.
By far Nanjing was my favorite city: Just the right amounts of high-density urbanization and small-business community feel. The schools were great as well (Nanjing Normal and the foreigner school across the street).
My #1 experience was a bus trip we took out to a small town called Xidi (I think). Got to hike to the top of a hill early in the morning and the place looked so pristine - light urban community beset by mountains and wilderness on all sides. At night people would hang out "downtown" and it was like a mini festival with people performing or just chilling out.
If I could drop everything and move back to Nanjing and study Mandarin full-time that would be a dream.
You're playing it up. Nanjing might have to go on my list, too.
The WW2 memorial is worthwhile but the city as a whole is pretty accessible. Cabs, busses, subways; it was really easy to navigate around but even by foot if you can put in a few miles you can get to a lot of worthwhile locations.
FuziMiao is a really fun place to check out and its just outside downtown (fairly close to Nanjing Normal U.). At night the lights make it look amazing. Other than that you could just wander the city on foot and find some cool stuff like coffee shops tucked away on some back/side streets, restaurants by the dozen, street carts with food, beautiful architecture etc etc.
夫子庙是一个非常有趣的地方，它就在市中心外面(很接近南京师范大学)。 晚上的灯光让这里看起来很漂亮。 除此之外，你可以徒步在城市中漫步，找到一些很酷的东西，比如隐藏在一些偏僻的街道上的咖啡店，成打的餐馆，有食物的餐车，漂亮的建筑等等。
while traveling to huangshan i learned a cool old chinese poem.
It basically means that if one travels to one of the 5 famous mountains of China, then all other mountains are insignificant. But if one travels to huangshan then even the 5 great mountains are insignificant in comparison.
I haven't been to all 5 yet, but huangshan is truly amazing and I highly recommend it.
I have to say learning another language especially a language with a rich written record can open your eyes to another world. They way the Chinese sees the world and their perspective can only be understood if you can read their language.
Also I can consider Chinese to be cultrual more than blood genetics. A White dude that reads and speak fluent Chinese to me is more Chinese than a an ethnic Chinese who can not understand the language.
I went in the summer too, god it was hot and a really hard climb. Got to the top of the mountain and there were frickin Chinese women climbing around in high heels!
Did you see the 60-70 year old men carrying huge bags of supplies up the mountain on their backs? They were old men with the calves of a body builder
I asked one old man if I can try carrying it and I couldn't even lift it off the ground.
There is something quite romantic about the fog, though I can't imagine that this is the place you'd want to see on a foggy day.
Yellow Mountain is amazingly beautiful. I saw monkeys aaand walked up the mountain for like 5 hours only to realize i had explored like 1/8 of the whole mountain. The whole site is huuuge.
黄山美得让人窒息。我看到了猴子，爬了大约5个小时才发现我才探索了整座山的1 / 8。整座山非常巨大。
I want to go to there.
I'm actually going there in a month!Soooooooo looking forward to it!
i was there as a kid with my family. we spent the summer in anhui and climbed this mountain with some of my parent's friends. this was before cable cars were installed so we went up on foot. we stayed overnight on top and i woke up to the most magical view ever. it was like some painting. i dont remember very much from when i was a kid...but i'll never ever forget that mountain.
It's quite sad how people reflexively say bad things about China whenever it's mentioned.
how do people even find such beautiful places
This is one of most famous scenary spots in China.
I spent my 40th birthday climbing the 6000 hand carved stone steps to the top, my four-year-old daughter on my shoulders. Unbelievable place. I call it my ironclad proof against a midlife crisis.
Where's the dragon? I don't see the dragon.
Living in the Midwest US, this picture almost seems other worldly. Absolutely breathtaking!
Best place I've ever visited. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Huangshan looks great but I prefer to go to Huashan 华山 first. 😆
I have been there to see the sun rise!!! Absolutely gorgeous
我去过那里看日出! ! ! 绝对美极了。
It looks straight from the movie scene.
Visited China in 2009 — went to Guilin and Yangshuo and was amazed by the beauty of the karst peaks. Every day was like waking up in a Chinese watercolor painting.
I was just there in June! Such an incredible place.
Looked so real I thought it was a video game.
I was just there last month!! Absolutely Beautiful. I ended up climbing up to the very top of one of the mountains for the sunset, slept on top covered in my jacket, and woke up to the sunrise.
Wish I could see sunrise or sunset, I chose wrong time to go there. But I'm definitely visiting this place again.
Like a scene from a Chinese fantasy movie/TV series.
就像中国奇幻电影 / 电视剧中的一个场景。
I really want to go there and see these things in person one day. I bet it's absolutely breathtaking
I went here on my first trip to China last summer. Easily one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life.
Looked so real I thought it was a video game.
This was one of my favorite paces to hike! Absolutely beautiful.
I......can't believe it, I am going to be seeing this mountain in about two months!!