I know New Zealand is all the rage for Middle Earth, but wouldnâ€™t this Karst in Yangshuo make an excellent Mordor set? No CGI or foam sets necessary! (And yes, I fully understand that I am outing myself as a geek here.)
As I rode the slick new escalators up the side of the mountain in the Xiamen botanical Gardens, I hated myself a little. Why was I here, supporting the destruction and abuse of this gorgeous natural mountain? I mean, is there anything lazier than taking an escalator up a mountain?
You’d think in a country where Instagram was blocked there would be no Instagrammification of places. But then you’d be wrong…very wrong.