To The Ends Of The World

Three sea­soned in­trepid trav­ellers to share their ex­pe­ri­ences of ven­tur­ing to some of the most re­mote places on Earth地球是圆的,严格来说没有尽头,但为何我们总喜欢往世界的尽头飞?天涯海角到底在哪里?几个几乎游遍全世界的旅游达人,分享她们心目中的世界尽头。

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Tech­ni­cally speak­ing, the Earth has no ends since it is round. Yet peo­ple like to talk about trav­el­ling to far-flung cor­ners of the world, the fur­ther the better. This, per­haps, is our way of seek­ing respite from the hus­tle and bustle of daily life. 世 界有没有尽头,也许没人说得上,但我们总喜欢时不时说要往世界的尽头飞,只为了在远离尘嚣的净土寻找一片心灵的平和。 Ros­alynn Tay, 54, pho­tog­ra­pher Where: Kam­chatka, Rus­sia

Why: Kam­chatka is said to be the last fron­tier, the land of bears and vol­ca­noes. It is one of the few places left on Earth where na­ture re­mains al­most in­tact, with pris­tine fish-spawn­ing rivers and moun­tain lakes, in­fi­nite stretches of forests, unique ther­mal springs and ac­tive gey­sers, and sub­lime cones of ac­tive vol­ca­noes. More than 300 snow-dusted vol­ca­noes punc­tu­ate the rugged ter­rain, 29 of which are still ac­tive.

It was a mil­i­tary zone closed not only to the world but also to non-res­i­dent Rus­sians un­til the col­lapse of the Soviet Union in 1990. The en­tire penin­sula oc­cu­pies about 472,300 sq km (the size of Ger­many, Aus­tria and Switzer­land com­bined) but has a pop­u­la­tion of only about 320,000 peo­ple, half of whom live in the cap­i­tal, Petropavlovsk-Kam­chatka.

How: I went in Au­gust 2015 as part of a pho­tog­ra­phy tour. Kam­chatka still re­mains rel­a­tively un­touched by civil­i­sa­tion as you can get there only by he­li­copter.

The ex­pe­ri­ence: Au­gust is the peak of the salmon-spawn­ing sea­son, dur­ing which the salmon swim up­stream in their thou­sands to spawn in the rivers of their birth and die. This is also when the brown bears hunt and gorge them­selves on the fish to gain enough fat to sur­vive the harsh win­ters. Our pri­mary goal was to see the nu­mer­ous brown bears feast­ing dur­ing the an­nual salmon run. It was like Na­tional Ge­o­graphic live.

The most mem­o­rable part was know­ing that we were one with na­ture, in the wilder­ness. We were sleep­ing in tents and brown bears were roaming freely out­side our tents at night.

The gains: Ur­ban­ites should ven­ture into the world’s re­mote zones once in a while so we re­alise how tiny we are in the grand scheme of things. More im­por­tantly, it gives us the chance to en­joy and ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty of na­ture.

Ex­plor­ing an ice cave in Kam­chatka, Rus­sia. (Photo: Ros­alynn Tay)

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