China Eclipse

OK,  I’m back from China with about 3 hours of video footage, 600 photos, and 10 A4 pages of journal.  But I thought I’d do a quick and dirty edit of this part of the trip first, since it’s the most topical.

Wow, what an eclipse!  Those of us for whom it was the first time were suitably impressed – Tony the bluff Yorkshireman declared himself to have been rendered speechless.  And even those who’ve seen one before gave it a 9 1/2 out of 10.  The 22 degree aurora and diamond ring are particularly good, as are the amazing colours in the dark sky, and we even got to see some stars.

Rumour was our plastic chairs on a reserved site, in a protected zone, cost about £100 apiece.  Hell they were worth it.  China Daily reported that about 7,000 were at this site, and one vendor had sold out of his 100 boiled eggs by 6.30 am, and regretted not having learned more English at school!  Even if the eclipse itself had been cloudy, as it appeared it might be en route, the journey there, zig-zagging through the bamboo forest used in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, was worth it.

11 Responses

  1. Wow… Impressing! Thanks for posting your footage!

  2. That was fabulous!


  3. Ah the memories. Standing on a beach one morning in southern Turkey when the sky went dark and the sun went out.

    Good stuff, you’ll never forget that trip 🙂


  4. *waves and bookmarks before returning to w*rk*

  5. Indeed very impressive, and something I have longed to see. Being far more impressive that the few eclipses of the moon I have seen. Consider another measure of envy added to the mound. 🙂

  6. I saw a partial eclipse once, but that was NOTHING like this! Including the shots of the hotel with all its lights on really drove home how dark it was.

  7. Wow – you got some fantastic footage of the eclipse!

    Those mountains and the bamboo forest are even more striking than the eclipse was. It looks amazing.

  8. wow! That was something!

    I’ve only seen a partial eclipse, and it was nothing compared to this.

    Looking forward to hear more about your Chinese adventures.

  9. Wow! That was very cool. It must have been amazing to be there.

  10. It truly was stunning. And it’s lovely seeing the various videos that our fellow tour-group members are sharing.

  11. Wonderful! Stunning! Amazing! Superlatives fail me, but those three will have to do! What a fantastic experience.

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