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。
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)