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New Website, New Blog, but the Old Blog Archive remains: September 28, 2023

After many years of wanting a real website, this month I finally have a website designed by the very knowledgeable Rey Rey Rodriguez ( TheMindOfReyRey ). My old blog,  Vacation-Travel-Adventure  continues with the same address but it is located in the "Archives" tab on my new website . The new blog which is a continuation but with much better resolution for 4K screens, it is now at .

Xianggong Mountain to Zhaoxing Dong Village, China: October 13, 2019

For our last morning at Xianggong Mountain some of us decided to give the pre-sunrise mountain top view another shot. While there was less fog at river level, the sun never showed itself to us. After waiting well past the time for the sun to rise, it was clear that a thick wall of fog and clouds was concealing the sun from our cameras.

It was a Sunday morning and there were far less people pushing against us. Below, some of the levels were only sparsely peopled. Across from our viewing platform, there was a handful of people taking photos from a notch half-way up the huge dark monolith. It must have taken a lot of effort to get to that notch.

After it became light, the landscape just wasn't very interesting so we walked back down to the entrance gate. We had breakfast at one of the restaurants and William's assistant, Mr. Mar, thoughtfully had the restaurant make a pot of Nescafe for us. The photographers who decided to sleep in instead of making the climb up the mountain were looking quite satisfied.

We packed up and were driven 3-4 hours to the Dong ethnic Village of Zhaoxing. I'm looking forward to a change of scenery and photographing interesting people.

Our first photo op was at an observation platform above Zhaoxing village. It began to rain, but we waited, cameras on tripods, until the village lights came on at 7:00 pm.

Village of Zhaoxing
The village lights look a little Disney like, and our arrival felt like we were entering Disneyland. To enter we had to board a tram that delivered us to the hotel across from the entrance to the village. Despite the amusement park logistics, the village is a thriving, living village. People live here, raise families, and work here.