yamashitaphoto Michael Yamashita

National Geographic Photographer; Author; Keynote Speaker; Workshop Leader; Asia Specialist. Follow @thesilkroadjourney
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The best part of shooting in Baligou Valley, China’s Grand Canyon, is no one else is here! This untouristed scenic area that I had never heard of till this week, is a rock climbers dream. mountains, creative

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Baligou, called China’s Grand Canyon, in morning magic hour, a popular spot for the growing sport of rock climbing. mountains, creative

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To see the unfurled Thangka follow - The sacred Thangka is a corloful painting on cloth depicting the Buddha, a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala. They are put on display during a religious festival, such as Monlam. creative

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Master monk atop Wudangshan - At first I thought I was getting a lucky break capturing a monk practicing Taichi in an extreme location at this famed Taoist mountain monastery. But on closer inspection through a 600 mm lens, I realized he was just taking a selfie! More than 30,000 Taichi enthusiasts come to wudangshan to study each year. creative .media

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More snow in the forecast at the famed Shaolin Monastery in Dengfeng, Henan, China. The monks are here to study Buddhism and practice Kungfu, aged 6 to 18. This UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage site is the cradle of Chinese Zen Buddhism and Martial Arts. kungfu creative

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Shaolin Temple, birthplace of Kungfu in snow, Zhengzhou, Henan, China. creative

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Oversized load - A man transports styrofoam to be recycled in Guangzhou - In 2016, China accepted about half of the world’s plastic scrap imports. Starting this year, China has banned the import of 24 types of solid waste, including several types of plastics.  creative

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Skating on thick ice, Wushaolin, Gansu Province, China. skating creative

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is Michael’s latest project based on the ancient trade routes of explorers & , retracing their journeys across land and sea. - Monks quench their thirst with freshly fallen snow. for more photos along the and of Labrang Monastery. an creative

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Jack Frost decorates this window and brings record setting cold to the northeast for the new year. We came home to 2° F weather and an unheated house due to a frozen fuel line. Lucky to catch it before water pipes burst. Photographer’s luck! May everyone have a warm 2018! creative

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First of what will be many photographs taken at sunrise in 2018 - from this morning’s flight from Honolulu, photographed somewhere over New Jersey. What photographer doesn’t choose a window seat? 767 creative

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A fiery Hawaiian sunset to usher in the New Year. creative

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