Scale the Great Arch, Getu, China.

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Photograph by Carsten Peter, National Geographic
“We all were absolutely shocked that this wall existed in nature!” recalls climber Matt Segal, seen here about 300 feet above the ground on the Nihao Wokepa route on the Great Arch in Getu, China.
Segal, along with friends Emily Harrington and Cedar Wright, joined a National Geographic assignment with photographer Carsten Peter to investigate the region’s diverse karst rock formations for “Exploring China’s Caves” in the July edition of the magazine.
“The climbing was very steep and physical—in fact, I think this is the most overhanging wall either Cedar or I has ever climbed.”
The protruding rock on the left side of the photo showcases one of the various rock formations they encountered—stalactites. “The majority of this climb was ‘wrestling’ with those stalactites!” says Segal. “Swinging from one to the next and wrapping your whole body around them is one of the most unique styles of climbing I’ve ever done.”
See more via Extreme Photo of the Week – National Geographic.

‘Night Owl’ by Hua Tunan.

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Chinese painter, illustrator and street artist Cheng Yingjie (a.k.a. Hua Tunan) has created an extraordinary painting called “Night Owl” that makes perfect use of his signature colorful and chaotic style.
Yingjie’s stunning and dynamic owl figure seems to materialize magically out of a chaotic cloud of splashes and splashes of colorful paint.
Like many other successful contemporary street artists, he uses a wide range of bright colors, even those don’t actually appear in owls, like green, blue and purple.
His dynamic style, while definitely his own, is similar to the work done by many other notable street artists, including that of DALeast.
Not surprisingly, Yingjie’s art has been in fairly high demand, as he is a leader in the contemporary Chinese art community.
And yet, this is one of the few times that he has actually offered his art up for sale to the public.
He has created 35 copies of this owl by hand to sell to the public, each with its own little unique hand-drawn subtleties.
via Artist Creates Stunning Owl Painting With Chaotic Splashes Of Color | Bored Panda.

Inside the ‘coffin cubicles’ of Hong Kong.

Photographer Benny Lam has documented the suffocating living conditions in Hong Kong’s subdivided flats, recording the lives of these hidden communities.

‘I’m still alive and yet I am already surrounded by four coffin planks!’ … Hong Kong’s cage home tenants.
Image Credit: All photographs : Benny Lam.

Coffin cubicles, cage homes, in Hong Kong Cage homes are minuscule rooms lived in by the poorest people in the city.

Over the last 10 years, the number of cage homes made of wire mesh has decreased, but they’ve been replaced by beds sealed with wooden planks.
These small, wooden boxes of 15 sq ft, are known as ‘coffin cubicles in Hong Kong.
Source: Boxed in: life inside the ‘coffin cubicles’ of Hong Kong – in pictures | Cities | The Guardian

Panda Training in the Wilds of China.

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Although giant pandas spend most of the day eating and sleeping, they love to climb and play.
Here a year-old cub explores the treetops in an enclosure at the Wolong center of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, where captive-bred pandas are trained to live in the wild.
If the animal passes tests to gauge its survival skills and instincts, it will be released into the mountains.
Photograph by Ami Vitale
Source: Panda Image, China | National Geographic Photo of the Day

Villagers play Cave Basketball in Guizhou province.

Villagers play basketball on a court built inside a Karst cave at Xinchun village in Bijie, Guizhou province, China, on 12 August, 2019.
The court was built inside the cave in order to save arable land in 2018.
The cave can accommodate 1,000 people to watch a game.
Image Credit: Photograph by Qu Honglun / VCG via Getty
Source: Photos of the Week: Sky Glider, Ice Swimmer, Cave Basketball – The Atlantic

Tianzi Mountain Monarch of the Peak Forest.

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Tianzi Mountain is located in Zhangjiajie in the Hunan Province of China.
Tianzi Mountain provides stunning views of peaks, which rise one after another.
It is known as ‘the Monarch of the Peak Forest’.
It covers an area of 67 square kilometers (about 16,550 acres), and the highest peak is 1,262 meters (about 4,140 feet) above the sea level.
via Bored Panda.

Kazakh’s Eagle Hunters.

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Chinese Kazakh eagle hunters sit on horseback as they travel to a local competition in the mountains of Qinghe County, northwestern China
Image Credit: Photographs by John Hutchinson for MailOnline
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The festival, organised by the local hunting community, is part of an effort to promote and grow traditional hunting practices for new generations in the mountainous region of western China that borders Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia.
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The training and handling of the large birds of prey follows a strict set of ancient rules that Kazakh eagle hunters are preserving for future generations.
See more via Chinese Kazakh eagle hunters let their magnificent birds show off their hunting prowess | Daily Mail Online.

Up in the Clouds at Zhangjiajie National Park.

This glass-bottomed bridge in China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park almost a mile up a mountain.
The vertiginous glass walkways provide a dizzying affect and a possible feeling of vertigo and are becoming increasingly popular among thrill-seeking tourists.
See more great photos via Amazing photos from around the world in 2016 – SFGate

The replicated Austrian Village of Hallstatl

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The beautiful Austrian village of Hallstatt looks like the picture-perfect postcard image of a traditional European town full of gabled homes and historic churches.
Now this lovely view can also be found in China where an exact replica of the village has been built as a high-end housing development.
Austria’s Hallstatt has a rich history dating back hundreds of years which can be seen in the historic, UNESCO-protected architecture that makes up the small town.
However China’s Hallstatt, located in the Guangdong Province, only dates back to 2012, but looks almost just as ancient.
The lovely little town was copied by the China Minmetals company who recreated some of the homes, decorations, and even the central church building as part of a novelty housing development for the wealthy who, assumedly, could not get real estate in the real Hallstatt.
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Hallstatt, China is the next evolution of the Chinese trend of replicating landmarks from other places in the world.
From scale replicas of the Sphinx and the Eiffel Tower to navigable Venetian canals, China has an ever growing number of knock-off wonders, and the recreation of an entire village is simply the grandest yet.
While the entire village has not been replicated yet, construction on the site continues and one day soon visitors may find themselves a bit turned around as to whether they are in China or Europe.
via Hallstatt, China | Atlas Obscura.

Neon Night in Beijing.

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With raindrops no longer falling, this street in Beijing, China, hums back to life under the glow of neon signs.
Your Shot photographer Caue Ferraz took this photo in the neighborhood around Jingshan Park, a 57-acre green space with views into the Forbidden City.
This photo was submitted to Your Shot, our storytelling community.
Source: Nighttime Street Image, Beijing | National Geographic Photo of the Day