TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE

A weekend in Huangzhou, China

Chad Stuart, Photographer

19 Janaury, 2015

When your organization provides you with a travel-paid weekend retreat to one of the country’s most famous tourist destinations, of course you go.

Late last year, I had a chance to visit Huangzhou in Zhejiang province- one of China’s most famous tourism cities. The most notable feature of the city is its enormous West Lake. More than a century’s worth of Chinese artists has drawn their inspiration from the lake and its features. I was just excited to get a weekend away at a nice hotel with a big buffet style breakfast and plenty of picturesque tours. (The hotel breakfast has always been a big hit on these organized retreats and this one did not disappoint.)

Scenes from Huangzhou.

Photograph by Chad Stuart

I guess the lake pulled some inspiration out of me as well since I took the opportunity to try out a new “selfie” technique I had recently learned about. Or maybe it was the bacon-fueled energy of the smorgasbord I gorged on in the morning that brought about the excitement to try the new orbital “selfie” media has dubbed the “donut selfie”.

“…calling it a “round-the-world shot”, the folks over at Petapixel called it a “travel-lapse”, and I’ve become partial to calling it an “orbital selfie” since finishing up …”

I don’t see how “donut” has anything to do with this technique of filming an 180-degree pan from ear to ear, but far be it from me to knock the hashtag.

The people of Huangzhou.

Photograph by Chad Stuart

While on the trip, I had taken to calling it a “round-the-world shot”, the folks over at Petapixel called it a “travel-lapse”, and I’ve become partial to calling it an “orbital selfie” since finishing up the edit in Premiere. In any case and by whatever name you put to it, scroll on down and hit play to check it out. And while you’re at it, enjoy the gallery of still shots I captured while out and about.

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