“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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.