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6 Heavenly Places For Photographers In Yunnan Province China

If you are searching for new photography subjects or ethereal places to capture, Yunnan province is a catch basin for it all.

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     Many of China’s hidden wonders are found in its provinces like Yunnan Province. Yunnan’s breathtaking sceneries and dreamlike landscapes have made it every photographer’s dream destination. It is no surprise that many professional photographers consider Yunnan Province as one of the most photogenic places in China.

 

Meili Snow Mountain

 

     Famous for its 13 Prince Peaks, Meili Snow Mountain has an altitude of more than 6,000 meters. The most popular peak, Kawagebo, is considered the highest peak in the Yunnan Province, with a height of 6,740 meters. Many mountaineers and hikers have climbed these mountain ranges, but until now, they were unable to reach the mountain’s summit.

 

Speaking of hiking, one of the most favorited routes up to the top is a very scenic route through the Feilai Temple to Yubeng Village. From here, you will be able to pass through the Ice Lake and Holy Waterfall.

 

Best Time to Visit: October to May

 

Dongchuan Red Soil Land

     Dongchuan Red Soil Land, as per its name, is famous because of its unique red-colored soil. Dongchuan a tourist favorite is due to its magnificent sceneries – such as the sunrise and sunset, for example, as they cast their glows across the fields.

 

     Dongchuan is also famously called “God’s pallet” because of how the crops and plants’ colors create a beautiful contrast to the red soil in which they grow. Some tourist even call the landscape photos taken at Dongchuan “as beautiful as a painting on canvas”

 

Best Time to Visit: It is said that there are two sets of months that are considered to be the peak time to visit because these are the times when the colors of the crops are in perfect contrast with the red soil: golden wheat, the white potato, and rape flowers and green crops. The first one is from May to June, the other is September to December.

 

Jiangdong Ancient Gingko Village

 

     Jiangdong is a beautiful village situated near the Volcano Geopark and Tengchong county’s Prismatic Joint. The village becomes a tourist spot because of its Gingko trees, thus the name. Based on estimation, it is said that the village has almost 33,000 Ginko Trees growing around them, with around 270 of them to be at least 200 years old!

 

Best Time to Visit: October to November, when the Gingko Trees leaves are in a beautiful golden color.

 

Luoping Sorghum

 

     Famously known for its breathtaking views of fields of Canolas! It is considered the most stunning view on all of Luoping. It is mostly composed of a wide field full of yellow Rape flowers, but recent developments also give way to fields of Red Rape flowers as well.

 

Best Time to Visit: August to November

 

Cherry Blossoms at Wuliang Mountain

 

     Just like the Luoping Rapeseed fields and the Yuanyang Rice Terraces, the Wuliang Mountain Cherry blossoms are also a must-see when visiting Yunnan province. It’s one of the most beautiful places to admire the cherry trees with branches heavy with pink flowers. If you are someone who loves to appreciate the beauty of nature, Wuliang mountain is the place to be.

 

Best Time to Visit: Months of November and December

 

Luoping Rapeseed Flowers

 

     One of the most visited places in Yunnan during the Spring season, Golden rapeseed flowers bloom and cover around 39,000 acres of land. From a far view, it looks like a golden sea that spreads up to the horizon. It is beautifully paired up with the primitive houses from the villages, the clear blue sky, beautiful karst peaks, and the crystal clear river.

 

Best Time to Visit: Early Spring, Months of February to September.

 

Well, Then!

 

     So, there you have it! Have you copied the list? One of the aspects that make traveling to Yunnan more enjoyable, aside from getting your memory cards full of wonderful images, is that you become incredibly close to nature and its beauty. Capturing these spectacular sites makes you feel blessed to be able to immortalize these sceneries in photographs. The world may be changing quickly and turning into a concrete jungle, but places like Yunnan still exist to give you a quick escape.


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Enjoy New York City – For Free?

Take in the sights and sounds of New York City without paying a dime!

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     New York City is easily one of the most expensive cities in the world, but you don’t have to make your trip expensive. You can enjoy the locale like a local and have a blast in the Big Apple… for free. It may sound impossible but you can certainly enjoy it for free! This magical city is composed of fun activities and events that won’t require a single dime.

Museums

     Several museums in New York offer patrons free entry a few days a month. New York is known for its incredible museums, full of culture and classic works of art, but often they carry a hefty price tag. If you know where to look, you can find out that most of these museums offer free or heavily discounted rates. Keep your eye out for these free culture passes.

Art Galleries

     Most art galleries in New York are free to enter because they want people to browse in order to make a sale. It must feel great to faux art shop in Chelsea. Within a 10 block radius are some of the best art galleries in all of New York, so check out 18th to 28th streets between 10th and 11th avenues. 

Public Parks

     New York is known for maintaining spectacular public parks and we aren’t just talking about Central Park. Urban parks have incredible sculptures and statues, while others feature fountains and playgrounds. All are free. Take your kids to the Washington Square Park fountain or Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir in Central Park. These parks are here for your pleasure… enjoy them!

Free Ferries

     Get out there and see The Statue of Liberty for free by taking a free ferry. The ferry runs from lower Manhattan to Staten Island every 20 minutes and takes passengers pretty close to Ellis Island and old lady liberty herself. Best yet… you don’t have to stay in Staten Island, just get off and back on the ferry and head back to the city. You can get amazing pictures of The Statue of Liberty from the deck.

  

Iconic Sightseeing

     There aren’t better places in the world to just walk around and sightsee. The city’s oversized buildings surround some of the most iconic sights you will ever see, so check out the city. Only a few buildings charge to get to the top but many times you can find views for free. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or checkout times square. The busier the attraction, the more there are to see.


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The 411 On Travel Insurance

Whether it was a family memeber or stranger,you’ve probably had someone talk about travel insurance. Read through this simple breakdown and find out everything.

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     There are those that swear by it and some that don’t even know what it is – we’re talking travel insurance… and it actually may be much more beneficial than you may think! You never know what may happen when traveling so it’s always best to be prepared for anything and everything. The last thing you’d want is a ruined trip thanks to one unavoidable issue. This guide will help breakdown the extra expense and explain everything you need to know about travel insurance.

Needed?

     First and foremost, we’ll start by saying that it is definitely not necessary for any and all vacations. It all depends on what kind of trip you’re taking. Officially, you can ensure any trip that involves traveling at least 100 miles. so if you’re taking a short driving trip to visit family or friends within your state or a neighboring state, chances are you won’t need to bother. But, once your trip involves a longer flight, travel insurance can be a safe bet.

     However, there are many misconceptions about the insurance. It doesn’t cover any expenses that may come up during your trip. It will only ensure payments that took place before your departure. So, that suggests any shows or sporting event tickets, hotel expenses, pre-paid car rental, etc. can all be covered by travel insurance. But, if in the middle of your trip, you decided to catch a concert last minute, that expense cannot be covered by your travel insurance. Similarly, travel insurance cannot cover anything that is refundable, even if it was purchased before departing on your trip.

     Also, it is very important to compare and contrast plans before picking one. There are several different options out there. Take your time and consider everything about your trip and your budget. Consider the ages of all parties involved, the location of the trip, and the length of the trip. And make sure the one you choose is comprehensive and includes things like emergency medical coverage and baggage protection.

Again, travel insurance isn’t always necessary, but it can be extremely helpful and can help ensure you enjoy a safe and enjoyable travel experience. 

 


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Travel East To West & Back On A Cross Country Train

Traveling in America can be expensive so what if I told you there is a route across the continental Unites States that only costs $213. Not on a plane but on a train!

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     Wanderlust takes us far away to foreign lands and different cultures but many haven’t even seen their home country. America is a huge parcel of land that it’s shocking how common it is for us to have never explored our own preverbal backyards.

We recommend getting out there to see what makes America so grand. Its people, land, and its majesty. Traveling across America can be expensive. Therefore, what if I told you there is a route across the continental Unites States that only costs just north of $200? Not on a plane but on a train! See our land and all it has to offer for only $200+!

Travel blogger Derek Low figured out the route and shared it with the world. He mapped out a path from San Francisco to New Your City on two trains.

His route takes you through 11 states, across 3,397 miles and so many unforgettable sights. Amtrak has some great deals so if this isn’t your desired destination, you should plan your own train adventure and see this beautiful country for yourself.

 

Details

     It’s a simple two-train path that can easily be recreated for a return trip. Amtrak offers these incredible 15-day rail passes that allow the rider to essentially take up to 8 separate rides.  The 15-day deal is more expensive ($429) than the straight route but it allows you more exploration time and freedom.

If you purchase Amtrak’s 15-day deal you can stop at cities along the route and explore at your own pace, as long as you finish the trip in 15 days. What a great way to see new cities without breaking the bank.

     Blogger Derek Low stopped at Salt Lake City, Denver, and Chicago on his way to New York. Can you imagine how expensive it would be if you tried to fly to all these different cities? Plus all the added stress that flying brings, geez, why does anyone fly. Oh, yea because it’s so fast.

If time isn’t an issue, traveling by trains are much less stressful and visually more appealing. Airports can be a real sore and most major city train stations are relics of our architectural past. Train stations hark back to a time when train travel was exciting and people treated it as such an inspiring event. Let’s make that magical feeling happen again and see just how special our country is. 

The Route

     From San Francisco, buy a ticket on the California Zephyr Line for as cheap as $130. This line takes you all the way to Chicago, through Salt Lake City, Denver, and Omaha. At times, this train travels alongside the historic route 66, the famed road from Chicago to Los Angeles.

The next route takes you from Chicago to New York City along the Lake Shore Limited for as cheap as $83. That’s a grand total of $213 for a cross-country trip, pretty sweet indeed.

For more adventures the train runs all the way to Boston, so your options are pretty limitless.

 

 


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