I love photographing these modern cities at night. They always look so good all lit up and singapore is one of the best at night. The new Marina Bay Sands resort and Casino really makes the harbour a lot more interesting and must surely be on of the most unusual buildings in the world and you can see my HDR photograph of the Marina Bay Sands here.
Todays travel photograph of the day comes from the East coast of China which is a really beautiful place.The first ever Westerner to visit Hangzhou was Marco Polo, a man who really saw his fair share of cities. He described Hangzhou as the most beautiful city in the world and it's pretty easy to see why.
This place really was amazing with all these huge tree roots swallowing these ancient temples. You can’t help feeling like Indiana Jones as there’s so many entrances and corridors to all these temples just waiting to be explored. This tree was huge and even with a 17mm Canon lens I couldn’t quite fit it all in.
The scenery around Sa Pa (or Sapa) in Vietnam really reflects the minority tribes that live in the small mountain villages that are scattered around. Terraced rice fields, small huts and handmade foot bridges are scattered everywhere and make the place incredibly photogenic .I spent my time trekking from village to village although it took much more time to than I thought as I kept having to stop for shots like this. I ended up arriving at the point where I had arranged to meet my driver much later than planned but thankfully he was good enough to wait for me. I would have been stuck in the middle of nowhere if he had decided to leave.
Defining the largest city in the world is actually a pretty difficult concept as there are so many different criteria that can be used based on a variety of different definitions of 'city', 'size' and 'largest'. Shanghai is the largest city proper in the world (not including suburb's) and is huge. Most other cities that I have visited have a central area to them that is dominated by skyscrapers and impressive buildings. The whole of Shanghai is like one of those central areas although the problem with this is that it is very smoggy and does not photograph too well during the day.