Tag: Sunset

Wuzhen Water Town

Wuzhen Water Town

In the beginning of last week, I went on a 2-day business trip to Wuzhen. Wuzhen is a beautiful, ancient water town about 2 hours away from Shanghai. It was built over 1,300 years ago but I think most of it has been restored and renovated rather recently.

While we had meetings during the day, I got a few pictures at twilight on the way to dinner. Afterwards, I wandered around for another hour. Everything was lit up and it looked really beautiful.

In order to see more of the town, I got up early the next morning so I could go for a walk before the next round of meetings. It was so worth it because at 7am everything was so peaceful and quiet. There were hardly any people around so I could take lots of pretty pictures. I really couldn’t get enough, so here is way too many of them:

Most of the town is really touristy with lots of restaurants, cafes and shops selling junk. When we left, there were loads of tour buses and cars parked outside, so I can only imagine how crazy it must be on weekends.

In the late evening and early in the morning it was easy to forget that this is a tourist hot spot. I was really lucky I got enjoy the beauty of the place without many people around and had nice weather as well πŸ™‚

King’s Canyon, Uluru and Kata Tjuta: Exploring the Outback

King’s Canyon, Uluru and Kata Tjuta: Exploring the Outback

Our last stop in Australia was the outback. We flew directly from Melbourne to Uluru (Ayers Rock Airport) and rented a car for 4 days.

Driving through the outback

Round trip we drove around 600km from Uluru to King’s Canyon and I was really surprised how green the outback was. I expected lots of rocks and red sand and not so many plants.

King’s Canyon

After arriving in the Red Center we drove to King’s Canyon Resort and spent the night there. It’s the only hotel in the area which explains the prices and low quality. For example, we had a few spidery room mates, I named one of them Adalbert. Sadly, we had to leave him because our air conditioner wasn’t working and the I decided not to get attached to the new room mates ;).

In the morning Thorben got up while it was still dark to take pictures of the sky and do the King’s Canyon Rim Walk (at this point I was pretty sick). After he finished I also wanted to get a glimpse of the Canyon so we did the King’s Creek walk. The Canyon was also much greener than expected, but really pretty.

Fighting flies

While people might be worried about snakes and spiders the worst thing in the outback for me were the flies. They don’t sting but are very very annoying, constantly landing on your face and trying to get into your eyes and nose. This problem is easily fixed with a super stylish fly net, which we bought on our way back from King’s Canyon, so that’s what I looked like 95% of the time πŸ™‚

Segway at Uluru

Instead of walking the 10km around the base of Uluru I signed us up for a segway tour πŸ™‚ I picked the Uluru Sunrise and Segway, so we first had breakfast with a close up view of a beautiful Uluru sunrise before cruising around the base. The rock is really magnificent with so many different looking parts, it’s really worth going all the way around it.

A Night at the Field of Lights

The night at the field of light started with drinks, canapΓ©s and sunset viewing and then we had dinner under the stars or in our case under the full moon. During a star talk we learned about some different formations and finally we headed to the field of lights, a pretty cool art installation. Overall it was really pricey but also a cool experience.

Kata Tjuta

We drove out to Kata Tjuta on our last night to see the sunset. It’s a massive structure, I think even bigger than Uluru. Just as the sun was about to set and transform the colors it got blocked by some clouds. As a compensation we got to see a really cool moon rise on our way back. I’ve never seen the moon so big and bright.

Sunrise at Uluru

On our last morning we managed to get up early enough to see a beautiful sunrise at Uluru, complete with some typical tourist shots πŸ™‚

 

And that’s it! Almost 4 weeks after getting back this was the last of the Australia posts. Next trip: Tokyo πŸ™‚