Descent into Chengdu

View from the cockpit during the descent into Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China (Ian Mylam/© Ian Mylam (

Descent into Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China (© 2013 Ian Mylam)

I arrived in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, this morning, and just wanted to share a photograph I made from the cockpit as we descended eastwards over the Hengduan Mountains into Chengdu. These mountains form the easternmost end of the Tibetan Plateau, and the highest peak – Gongga Shan – rises to over 7,500 metres (24,700 feet). This image was made this morning around 08:30 Chinese time (00:30 UTC) as we descended through an altitude of approximately 20,000 feet. I don’t make many images from the cockpit: the curved glass of the windshield and windows often distorts the image, and reflections can also be a problem. Contrast is frequently reduced by atmospheric effects, and many views – while spectacular to look at – would benefit photographically from the presence of a foreground and a middle ground. However this morning I succeeded in making an image which seemed to do some justice to what I could see with my eyes.

As ever, click on the image to enlarge.

2 Responses to “Descent into Chengdu”

  1. First of all, who is flying the aircraft? :)

    Secondly, how cool would it be to climb Gongga Shan (and what a cool name!)

    Finally, really fantastic image. It does not look like it came from earth. Bravo!

    • Ian says:

      Carlos, plenty of hands on deck, plus the autopilot :) Gongga Shan does sound pretty cool … like something out of a Tolkien novel. Glad you like the image – thank you!

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