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Laozhai Hill Panorama

Laozhai Hill Panorama

Once I had arrived in Guilin, I knew I was going to be climbing some sort of mountain to take a panoramic photo. The problem was finding the right one! After looking and doing tons of research from the night before, even also renting a bike and riding nearly 10 miles all around Xingping village, I never found that actual mountain that I searched so painstakingly hard for. All I knew was that it was called Wuzhi hill, and after asking everyone I bumped into in the village, no one knew where. With just a little more than an hour of sunlight left, I made the last effort to climb up the only mountain I knew I could climb called Laozhai hill because although I knew the view wasn't going to be as spectacular as Wuzhi hill, I had to at least catch a photograph of some sort of scenery with mountains, a river, and a village. I finally made it to the top of Laozhai hill after a grueling hour of climbing up steps that just got steeper and more deformed as I got to the top with just half an hour to spare before it became totally dark. My entire four days traveling around Guilin and Yangshuo were shrouded with thick fog, so I was surprised I at least got to see some of the mountains in my shots.

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