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From Guiyang (贵阳) to Liupangshui (六盘水)

Few days ago, we traveled to Liupanshui by train via Guiyang. Knowing the region is mountainous (and poor), I knew the landscapes could be spectacular. Well, weather really didn’t cooperate much. Below are images I captured along the way. Hardcore landscape photographers will cringe at what I did, because I had to break every landscape photography rule in order to get these shots on a moving train; telephoto lens with high shutter speed.

A village along the way to Liupanshui. Not much water, so crops grown in the region are more hardy. Wheat fields surround this little village struck me as a world unto itself. It revolves around planting and harvesting cycles, oblivious to the outside world.

A farmer tends to his field.

A slightly more upscale house owned by a famer right next to the rail road.

Another village. Notice the corn field in the foreground and the terraced hill in the background, just beyond the village. Every piece of land possibly arable is used. Nature bends to the will of the Chinese people after millenia of sustainable cultivation.


Electric powerplant in the background. Guizhou has a lot of coal. There is no hydropower, so electricity comes from coal burning.

Railway workers.

Cars carrying coal to quench China’s growing energy thirst.

A small valley with few homes and wheat fields

Another valley with few homes dotting the landscape

Cascading mountains with sunlight piercing through the clouds.

A newly built school.

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  1. July 30th, 2012 at 03:33 | #1

    Good job on the photo that’s second from bottom.

  2. pug_ster
    July 30th, 2012 at 08:30 | #2

    You took those pictures while the train is moving? That’s a very good camera.

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