Traveling in CHINA Since 1985 by Robert Glenn Ketchum
During the reign of Mao (1949-1976), China was a closed country. China in the 1980’s was 80% rural, with no outside visitors, particularly from the West. When China opened to travelers, the Chinese government placed severe limitations on who was allowed to enter the country. Earthwatch was one organization that allowed foreigners to visit China without going through too much red-tape. These photographs are a first glimpse into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Traveling in China Since 1985, #115
CHINA #115: The day was getting late, the valleys were slipping into deepening shade, and we were finally on our way down along the correct #staircase, and we were running behind schedule. So, in fact, we ran! As I previously described, the #stairs pound your knees with every bend. When you run, skipping from stair lip to stair lip, your knees hardly bend at all, so we were off. On the lower 1/3 of the #mountain, young girls whose families grow #tea in the foothills, bring the fresh picked prime tea leaves UP the steps in the early morning, selling their product to people on the stairs. By late afternoon, most have sold-out and they gather together for the stair descent home. These girls also run the stairs. We were curious to them immediately, because no one else does this. Four girls began to follow us at a short distance. They were dressed in traditional colorful "farming" clothes of the region and were wearing sandal-like shoes. They were especially interested in our shoes, daypacks, and my #cameras. At one point Carey spoke to them and let them touch her gear, however they were WAY TOO SHY to let me take their picture. After the encounter, on the next stair run, one of the girls came up next to me, running at my speed, step-for-step, and began whistling. The tune was simple, pretty, and also a rhythm for the stairs. I smiled and copied her, and we ran on in song-step together for another flight or two, then she signaled her friends and they just blew by us, heading down toward home in a blur of precision footwork.photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China @Earthwatch_org
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