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Nov 17, 2016 - The end of China (at least for me)...

It’s Friday evening at the end of my first full day in Myanmar – it’s been a brilliant first day but I’ll come to that in the next entry - firstly to finish off writing about my time in China! Catching up from when I last wrote – I was still in Shaxi, Yannon in China, writing from the little hostel looking over the rooftops of the ancient town. The rest of that day ended up being very chilled – I had thought about heading to the hanging monastery I had read about but after speaking to a couple of people in the hostel that it wasn’t really...

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Nov 14, 2016 - Off the beaten path in China....

I’m currently sitting in ‘my office’, on a roof top terrace of my hostel in Shaxi, Yunnan. This is one of the first times I’ve actually sat down and written my journal anywhere other than a train, but given I only have one train journey left in China, it’s not until tomorrow night, I don’t board until 11.45pm (assuming I manage to get a ticket) and I’m a little behind on my journal already, I thought I’d bring myself up to date. Last time I wrote we were heading to Kunming which continued without incident – other than the man shaving in...

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Aug 5, 2016 - Old Lijiang

Voici le lien à l'album en ligne / Here is the link to the online album: https://goo.gl/photos/DWi2EPoidnQYuDRR8 Après un court trajet de quelques heures en train, nous voilà dans l'effervescence de la vieille ville de Lijiang et ces milliers et milliers de touristes chinois. Notre auberge se trouve parfaitement située dans la zone piétonnière donc proche de tout et sûrement plus charmant qu'un hôtel d'une chaîne connue. NOT!!! Ce jolie édifice ancestrale semble tout droit sortie d'un film d'horreur avec ces immenses tâches De Je Ne Sais...

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Sep 3, 2015 - The stunning beauty of Lijiang, Shangri-la, and Tiger Leaping Gorge

I have to credit my friend and coworker, Melanee Lucas, for sharing her gorgeous photos of her independent visit to Lijiang and thus piquing my interest to go there. The town itself is sometimes referred to as the "Venice of the East" and it certainly did not disappoint. The old part of the town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and chock-full of tiny cobblestone alleys, intricately carved wooden houses, flower-lined wells and waterways that used to provide drinking water, and cute, colorful shops, restaurants and street stalls. We stayed in...

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May 9, 2015 - May 5 - Tacheng Nature Reserve

Tuesday May 5th In the morning we went to the Tacheng Nature Reserve to look for one of the rarest primates on earth, the Golden monkey, also known as the snub-nosed monkey. We were very lucky and managed to get some great photos of the feeding. In the afternoon we again spent time driving along the most spectacular highways and crossed the Baimang Pass, over 14,000 feet on our way to Deqen where are to stay for two nights.

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May 7, 2015 - Rock and Roll!

In the morning we visited an Buddhist nunnery up in the hills. One of the nun's saw Gill's walking stick and asked to try it. They had none so Gill gave it to her. Then a long drive back to Shangri La. In the evening we attended a Tibetan song and dance performance. Great fun and for a better description one could call it a “Tibetan Folk/Rock Concert”!!

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May 2, 2015 - Shaxi

May 2nd Today we continued exploring Dali. First stop Xizhou where looked at Bai architecture, characterized by open courtyards, surrounded by rooms and walls reflecting the light into each other.Then a visit to a “tye dye” factory. In the afternoon we arrived at Shaxi, a small, but very pretty, village that played a major part in the ancient Tea Horse route to Tibet. As far as I understood the village had remained extremely isolated until 1990’s when some western travelers wandering off the main route “discovered” it. It had been...

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Apr 30, 2015 - Dali, Lake Erhai and Three Pagodas

Start the day with a 360km drive on a new highway for Dali, north west of Kunming. There are still remnants of the old city wall that once protected it. The main inhabitants are the Bai people who have lived in the area for over 3000 years. There city is set against the Cangshang Mountains (13,000 ft) and is on the shores of Lake Erhai (6,000 ft) We visited the 9th century Three Pagodas and also wandered around the town.

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Apr 29, 2015 - Western Hills and Kunming

Connection is far too slow to upload pictures from where we are at present. We went to the hills west of Kunming. The hills are on the shore of Lake Dianchi. We then climbed a series of ateps which take you through a number of temples built on the hillside, some of which are carved into the side of the cliff. After lunch we walked through the bird and flower market. Then a visit to the Golden Temple, the largest bronze temple in China and the cradle of Taoism in China. In the evening a tea tasting.

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Apr 28, 2015 - First day of our tour

Sunday 26th April Had an uneventful overnight flight from Heathrow to Beijing and went through immigration and security fairly quickly. Got on connecting flight and promptly fell asleep. Woke up a while later and saw we were still on the runway. Downhill from there on. Eventually we were asked to deplane as the weather was too bad to take off!! Fight was due to take of at 15:15 and at 18.50 still sitting in the airport wondering when we would take off. Luckily we have made contact with a Chinese guy, Chen, a professor of engineering who did...

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Apr 26, 2015 - Off to China

Today we leave for China on an overnight flight out of Heathrow changing planes in Beijing and finally landing in Kunmimg, in Yunnan province, the following evening local time. We have had a good time in the UK with excellent weather for this time of year and caught up with relatives and friends. Hopefully, we will have internet connections in our hotels so people can follow our travels.

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Apr 4, 2015 - Yunnan - ShangriLa

Sur le chemin pour Shangri la, nous passons par l'incontournable : Les Gorges du saut du tigre! Grace a des amis de Shanghai retrouves par hasard dans un cafe de Lijang (peu probable), nous avons pu avoir un chauffeur a rabais...et la voiture qui va avec le prix :-) Ah les gorges que certains,peut être encore, parviennent a la sueur de leur front, après quelques heures de marche (peut être sur chemin non bretonnes)....Nous c'est par la route que nous y arrivons. Pourtant on avait bien dit au chauffeur qu'on voulait être depose plus tot pour...

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