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The Fabled Yellow Mountains

I recently visited China's Yellow Mountains (Huangshan) in the southern Anhui province. This place was tough to get to. I took about ten different modes of transportation and hiked my soul out to get up there for a short weekend visit. The jagged mountains rise above the clouds and are connected by a series of pathways that often times simply hang from the side of a sheer wall. When the weather is right, you can watch a sea of clouds pour into the canyons from every direction. It is an amazing natural wonder. Unfortunately, I was not there during the right season and I only got a chance to see one sunrise and one sunset which were both ... meh. Nevertheless, the place has amazing views just about anywhere you look. I took this photo at the Lion Peak lookout as the sun was rising in the opposite direction. If you look closely, you can see a small rock in the center of the frame that resembles a monkey looking over the cliff. They call that lookout point, "Stone Monkey Gazing Over a Sea of Clouds". Although, I can never be sure of the names for these places since every map I saw had different names for the same locations. Maybe I will call this place "Kick You In The Nuts Hard To Get To But Worth The Hike" lookout. Yeah, that seems appropriate.

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