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Traversing Tibet (2 galleries) | Beijing, 'Northern Capital' | Shanghai, 2013 | Historic villages of Huizhou, 2013 | Chengdu, Sichuan, 2013 | Bamboo Sea, Sichuan, 2013 | Henan, northern China, 2008 | Shanxi, northern China, 2008

Shanxi, northern China, 2008

In Shanxi, Loess is More The Province “West of the Mountains” is a Land of Loess, the rugged dun-coloured terrain sandwiched between the Great Wall and the Yellow River. From the Loess Plateau a fine, loose soil washes down countless gullies, slowling choking the Yellow River. Farmers have always struggled here, but merchants prospered for centuries by trading tea, salt, silk and grain between Mongolia to the north and the ancient cities to the south. Buddhist sanctuaries on mountain slopes and in caves, walled cities and thousand-year-old pagodas reward the traveller.

These images were taken with Nikon D200 (10 mpx) using RAW format, and are available for licensing. Please visit www.travelgame.org.

Rural Shanxi
Rural Shanxi
Rural Shanxi
Rural Shanxi
Small town in Shanxi
Small town in Shanxi
Picking over waste coal scraps
Picking over waste coal scraps
City walls, Pingyao
City walls, Pingyao
Pingyao Hongshanyi Hotel, Pingyao
Pingyao Hongshanyi Hotel, Pingyao
Pingyao
Pingyao
Delivering coal, Pingyao
Delivering coal, Pingyao
Pingyao
Pingyao
Pingyao
Pingyao
Outside the post office, Pingyao
Outside the post office, Pingyao
Pingyao
Pingyao
Re-creating China's first bank, Pingyao
Re-creating China's first bank, Pingyao
Older man, Pingyao
Older man, Pingyao
Three elders, Pingyao
Three elders, Pingyao
Engrossed in their game, Pingyao
Engrossed in their game, Pingyao
Rural woman
Rural woman
Qiao Family Home
Qiao Family Home
Sweet potatoes near the Qiao Family Home
Sweet potatoes near the Qiao Family Home
Raking corn
Raking corn
Stockpiled corn cobs
Stockpiled corn cobs
Iron warrior guardian, Jinci Temple
Iron warrior guardian, Jinci Temple
Jinci Temple, at least 1,500 years old
Jinci Temple, at least 1,500 years old
Writhing dragon, Jinci Temple
Writhing dragon, Jinci Temple
Buddhist pilgrim at Wutai, China
Buddhist pilgrim at Wutai, China
Wutai Pilgrim
Wutai Pilgrim
Wutai Pilgrim
Wutai Pilgrim
Tayuan Temple, Wutai Shan
Tayuan Temple, Wutai Shan
Tayuan Temple, Wutai Shan
Tayuan Temple, Wutai Shan
Prayer wheel, Wutai Shan
Prayer wheel, Wutai Shan
Child visitor, Wutai Shan
Child visitor, Wutai Shan
Xiantong Temple stairs, Wutai Shan
Xiantong Temple stairs, Wutai Shan
Bronze Hall, Xiantong Temple, Wutai Shan
Bronze Hall, Xiantong Temple, Wutai Shan
Boddhisattva, Xiantong Temple, Wutai Shan
Boddhisattva, Xiantong Temple, Wutai Shan
Xiantong Temple, Wutai Shan
Xiantong Temple, Wutai Shan
Looking back on Taihuai, Wutai Shan National Park
Looking back on Taihuai, Wutai Shan National Park
2,300-metre pass, Wutai Shan National Park
2,300-metre pass, Wutai Shan National Park
Nut vendor, Yingxian
Nut vendor, Yingxian
900-year old Wooden Pagoda, Yingxian
900-year old Wooden Pagoda, Yingxian
Ceiling detail of the Wooden Pagoda, Yingxian
Ceiling detail of the Wooden Pagoda, Yingxian
Temple guardian at the Wooden Pagoda, Yingxian
Temple guardian at the Wooden Pagoda, Yingxian
Girls in Yingxian
Girls in Yingxian
Hanging Monastery
Hanging Monastery
Hanging Monastery
Hanging Monastery
Buddha effigy, Hanging Monastery
Buddha effigy, Hanging Monastery
Datong, a gritty city
Datong, a gritty city
Passers-by, Datong
Passers-by, Datong
Students cycling home, Datong
Students cycling home, Datong
Billboard, Datong
Billboard, Datong
Yungang Caves, Datong
Yungang Caves, Datong
Buddha outside the Yungang Caves, Datong
Buddha outside the Yungang Caves, Datong
Yungang Caves, Datong
Yungang Caves, Datong
Ceiling fresco, Yungang Caves, Datong
Ceiling fresco, Yungang Caves, Datong
Great Wall, from the Ganzhou - Beijing railway
Great Wall, from the Ganzhou - Beijing railway
Stationmaster, between Datong and Beijing
Stationmaster, between Datong and Beijing
Countryside west of Beijing
Countryside west of Beijing