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Popular spots in China to photograph seas of clouds

By Yang Yuewei

May 5

If you are also planning a photography trip, don’t miss these seven popular spots to shoot seas of clouds.

If you are also planning a photography trip, don’t miss these seven popular spots to shoot seas of clouds.

A sea of clouds generally forms at high altitudes where the weather changes. Photographers with heavy equipment have to climb to the mountaintop, work from dawn to night and even camp there in order to capture the beautiful scenery.

If you are also planning a photography trip, don’t miss these seven popular spots to shoot seas of clouds.

1/7  Cattle Back Mountain 牛背山

Cattle Back Mountain [ Image Credit: Xinhua Chongqing]
Cattle Back Mountain [ Image Credit: Xinhua Chongqing]
Cattle Back Mountain is known as a favourite shooting spot for photographers. While not really a tourist attraction due to a lack of convenient transportation and tourist facilities, it could be the ultimate destination for a photography trip. Standing on the ridge, you will find yourself surrounded by snow-capped mountains and cloud waterfalls at your feet.

2/7  Mount Emei 峨眉山

Mount Emei [Image Credit: China.org.cn]
Mount Emei [Image Credit: China.org.cn]
Mount Emei is famous as one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China. Tourists can reach the golden summit easily via the cable car to enjoy Mount Emei’s four great spectacles: the sunrise, the sea of clouds, the Buddha’s halo and the vigil light. Besides the sea of clouds the Buddhist relics and natural landscape are also worth shooting.

3/7Huangshan 黄山

Mt. Huangshan [Image Credit: Xinhua]
Mount Huangshan [Image Credit: Xinhua]
The picturesque landscape of Huangshan makes it known as  ‘the most spectacular mountain in the world. As the weather will be foggy for nearly 200 days a year, the sea of clouds can be viewed all seasons, but especially in winter.  A unique  granite landscape with jagged peaks, oddly shaped rocks and twisting pine trees can be glimpsed through the cloud sea.

4/7Zhangjiajie 张家界

Zhangjiajie [Image Credit: ChinaNews.com]
Zhangjiajie [Image Credit: ChinaNews.com]
The world of the 2009 film Avatar was not entirely fantasy, but based on Zhangjiajie National Forest Park (张家界国家森林公园). The karst pillars towering above the cloud sea make the whole place feel magic and surreal, but the best spots to shoot the include Tianmen Mountain (天门山) and the Tianzi Mountain (天子山) aerial tramway.

5/7  Yuanyang Terrace 元阳梯田

Yuanyang [Image Credit: hexun.com]
Yuanyang [Image Credit: hexun.com]
Unlike the previous spots, the Yunyang Rice Terraces are man-made. Nevertheless, the way the over-1300-year-old artificial landscape melds with the natural surroundings inspires awe . The place always presents new perspectives to capture with its shifting lights and shadows.

6/7Jiankou Great Wall 箭扣长城

Jiankou Great Wall [Image Credit: Xinhuanet/ Yu Houmin]
Jiankou Great Wall [Image Credit: Xinhuanet/ Yu Houmin]
Located in Huairou County in Beijing, the Jiankou section of the Great Wall was built along broken ridges and steep cliffs that make it harder to reach than other sections, yet more spectacular. The section zigzags 20 kilometers and is popular among photographers for its strategic location and wild scenery.

7/7Mount Lao 崂山

Mount Lao [Image Credit; Xinhua]
Mount Lao [Image Credit: Xinhua]
With its highest peak reaching 1133 meters, Mount Lao is the highest coastal mountain in China. The sea of clouds around Mount Lao is also very close to both the neighboring city and seaside.

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