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South & East Asia 07 - China/Sichuan 06: Snow covered mountains and our "cozy" hotel
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Jan 9, 2022 10:58:59   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
In this post I present the changing countryside in the final hours of our drive on the first day: we have arrived at the higher altitudes and the mountains flanking our way portray themselves in their snowy finery. Then we make it to our hotel in Jarpo Town and - believe it or not, even though this is the wild western part of China - we are staying at a "Holiday Inn"! My images project a warm, cozy glow but the hotel was actually freezing cold, with the front door to the lobby wide open and the outside temperature at an altitude of about 2700 m/8900 ft hovering around 0C/32F. The rooms were well appointed but also not heated, and getting access to the internet entailed a trip down to the freezing lobby, which definitely kept our access time short. In our room, we resorted to having the hairdryer blowing all evening to provide a bit of heat, definitely a novel approach to room heating.

In the first part of this set we view the snow-clad mountains and landscape, in the second part the lobby of our hotel welcomes us with its deceiving, warm glow of the lights and attractive interior decoration elements.


Notes
TRIP INFO: Set # 1 provides a brief introduction to this series. The link below lets you review this intro:
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-724330-1.html

COUNTRY INFO: Set # 2 provides more information on Sichuan/China, here is the link to review it:
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-724445-1.html

EARLIER POSTS of this series: Access my topic list at UHH, the new posts are listed in reverse chronological order:
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/user-topic-list?usernum=45105

Thanks for visiting, I recommend viewing the downloads and look forward to your comments and questions.

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1 - Snow-clad mountain range
1 - Snow-clad mountain range...
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2 - Major, somewhat hazy "lump" of a snow-clad rock face with a minor at right and a glacier in-between
2 - Major, somewhat hazy "lump" of a snow-clad roc...
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3 - Perfect rocky cone lit by the warm glow of the late-afternoon sun with hints of red minerals in the rocks and a dark, sloping and intermittently tree-fringed foreground
3 - Perfect rocky cone lit by the warm glow of the...
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4 - Traces of fresh snow cover these trees on the slope of a flat-topped mountain
4 - Traces of fresh snow cover these trees on the ...
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5 - Blurry set of bright and dark evergreen trees seen from our fast moving bus with a snow-clad mountains lit by the late-afternoon sun
5 - Blurry set of bright and dark evergreen trees ...
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6 - Evergreen trees at the base of a partially snow-clad mountain with interesting orangey colors
6 - Evergreen trees at the base of a partially sno...
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7 - Jarpo Town/Jiuzhaigou: Beautifully decorated lobby of our Holiday Inn with huge Tibetan prayer drums and replica of a white yak
7 - Jarpo Town/Jiuzhaigou: Beautifully decorated l...
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8 - Intricate Tibetan-style ceiling decoration
8 - Intricate Tibetan-style ceiling decoration...
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9 - Striking light and Tibetan-style ceiling decoration
9 - Striking light and Tibetan-style ceiling decor...
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10 - Huge Tibetan prayer drums
10 - Huge Tibetan prayer drums...
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Jan 9, 2022 11:00:14   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
Trip map of the Sichuan segment for your reference


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Jan 9, 2022 11:14:35   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
Nice!

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Jan 9, 2022 11:24:06   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
A beautiful set, Joe.

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Jan 9, 2022 12:30:25   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
Longshadow wrote:
Nice!


Thank you Bill, glad to hear that you enjoyed this set.

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Jan 9, 2022 12:30:57   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
kpmac wrote:
A beautiful set, Joe.


Thank you Ken for your kind comment.

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Jan 9, 2022 13:52:47   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
weberwest wrote:
In this post I present the changing countryside in the final hours of our drive on the first day: we have arrived at the higher altitudes and the mountains flanking our way portray themselves in their snowy finery. Then we make it to our hotel in Jarpo Town and - believe it or not, even though this is the wild western part of China - we are staying at a "Holiday Inn"! My images project a warm, cozy glow but the hotel was actually freezing cold, with the front door to the lobby wide open and the outside temperature at an altitude of about 2700 m/8900 ft hovering around 0C/32F. The rooms were well appointed but also not heated, and getting access to the internet entailed a trip down to the freezing lobby, which definitely kept our access time short. In our room, we resorted to having the hairdryer blowing all evening to provide a bit of heat, definitely a novel approach to room heating.

In the first part of this set we view the snow-clad mountains and landscape, in the second part the lobby of our hotel welcomes us with its deceiving, warm glow of the lights and attractive interior decoration elements.


Notes
TRIP INFO: Set # 1 provides a brief introduction to this series. The link below lets you review this intro:
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-724330-1.html

COUNTRY INFO: Set # 2 provides more information on Sichuan/China, here is the link to review it:
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-724445-1.html

EARLIER POSTS of this series: Access my topic list at UHH, the new posts are listed in reverse chronological order:
https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/user-topic-list?usernum=45105

Thanks for visiting, I recommend viewing the downloads and look forward to your comments and questions.

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In this post I present the changing countryside in... (show quote)


Love them all, but the last is a masterpiece
🧡🏆🧡🏆🧡

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Jan 9, 2022 13:56:20   #
lnl Loc: SWFL
 
Nice shots, both outside and inside. I especially like the interesting ceilings. Is that massive Tibetan drum used in some manner or strictly for show?
That doesn’t look like a conventional western Holiday Inn! I remember staying in a Holiday Inn in Lhasa. I wonder if the franchise is prevalent in that area. As I recall, where we stayed had recently been re-branded from an individually owned lodging.

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Jan 9, 2022 14:35:01   #
NMGal Loc: NE NM
 
Beautiful photos, Joe. The lobby is gorgeous, but did they have any reason for no heat?

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Jan 9, 2022 15:11:28   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
joecichjr wrote:
Love them all, but the last is a masterpiece
🧡🏆🧡🏆🧡


Thank you Joe, I am happy to hear that you like them all, this greater-than-life rendition of a standing prayer wheel is really quite beautifully executed and decorated, there were a total of five of these standing in the hotel lobby, strictly for decorative purposes, I would assume.

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Jan 9, 2022 15:20:22   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
lnl wrote:
Nice shots, both outside and inside. I especially like the interesting ceilings. Is that massive Tibetan drum used in some manner or strictly for show?
That doesn’t look like a conventional western Holiday Inn! I remember staying in a Holiday Inn in Lhasa. I wonder if the franchise is prevalent in that area. As I recall, where we stayed had recently been re-branded from an individually owned lodging.


Thank you Ellen. The ceilings were definitely striking here, especially when lit at dark. I don't really know, but would assume that this set of prayer drums/wheels was included as part of the decoration with a local flair and that it didn't serve any other particular purpose.

Holiday Inn's have had a long presence in Asia and are considered a rather more upper-segment chain - or at least were so at my time out in Asia. As with many other hotels, they might very well be individually owned and just franchised the name and administrative/promotional support, and it is definitely not unusual in the hotel industry for these affiliations to switch from one brand to another.

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Jan 9, 2022 15:23:25   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
NMGal wrote:
Beautiful photos, Joe. The lobby is gorgeous, but did they have any reason for no heat?


Thanks Barbara, glad to hear that you appreciate the beautiful decoration of this lobby. I cannot remember or might never have known the reason for no heat at this time, since this was in late October, maybe it just was not yet the time to turn the heat on? What I really couldn't understand though is why they kept their wide main doors open at these temperatures.

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Jan 9, 2022 17:13:49   #
Umnak Loc: Mount Vernon
 
weberwest wrote:
Trip map of the Sichuan segment for your reference


A diverse set that is very enjoyable! Very good landscape shots leading into more of your excellent, detailed and colorful shots of the hotel!
Another great installment in this wonderful travelogue!
Rob

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Jan 9, 2022 18:03:29   #
weberwest Loc: Ferndale WA
 
Umnak wrote:
A diverse set that is very enjoyable! Very good landscape shots leading into more of your excellent, detailed and colorful shots of the hotel!
Another great installment in this wonderful travelogue!
Rob


Thanks Rob, I am happy to hear that you enjoy this set, both with the mountains and then the Tibetan flair of the decoration in the hotel. For the next three sets, starting tomorrow, we will immerse ourselves a bit into Tibetan culture by the way of watching my captures from a traditional Tibetan dance show.

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Jan 10, 2022 05:37:00   #
junglejim1949 Loc: Sacramento,CA
 
weberwest wrote:
Trip map of the Sichuan segment for your reference


Very nice Joe 👌

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