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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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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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Jan 7, 2014 - Harbin-Kunming, more ice

Our flight leaving Harbin wasn't till the afternoon so we decided to head out and check out a local park not far from hostel that has some great ice sculptures. We had to wait a few minutes until it opened but this also meant that it was pretty empty when we went in. It was pretty neat being able to take photos without anyone in them. The boys disappeared pretty soon after entry to go and have fun in the untouched snow. It was pretty amazing what had been created out of blocks of ice. There was also an international completion going on of...

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Oct 15, 2011 - Kunming, Yunnan Province

Another morning flight and we met Susan at Kunming airport, our first stop on the week long tour of the province of Yunnan in the SW corner of China, home to 25 minority groups. We met our guide John and immediately drove to the Stone Forest in Shilin, about an hour south of the airport. The minority group here is called the Xi (“Ee”). Women dressed in native dress were tour guides for many of the large domestic tourist groups visiting the Stone Forest. It is a large collection of tall grey sword like karst (limestone) pillars, with razor...

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Sep 27, 2011 - Kunming - Stone Forest

We began our day in Kunming with breakfast in the restaurant on the 13th floor of the hotel. Then, we four 'tourists' departed with Cao Lu for a visit to the Stone Forest, a World Heritage site about an hour and a half from Kunming. It was a beautiful sunny day and when we arrived at the Stone Forest, we decided to hire a guide which was the best thing we could have done. Alice, our guide, was a pretty Yi girl who spoke very good English. She had worked on the site for eight years, and later in the day she was to accompany a VIP; so she...

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Sep 26, 2011 - Zhongdian (Shangri-La) to Kunming

Today was the first opportunity to access the internet in several days, and we uploaded a few photos from the last four or five days. On this, our last day in Shangri-la, breakfast was early and eaten in the nice warm kitchen. In late September in this area of Yunnan province at an altitude of 3, 000 metres, the mornings can be a little cool. We completed our final packing and said our farewells to the two guides that have been with us for the past few days, and to our cook. We were then driven to the airport where we all checked in with...

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Sep 16, 2011 - Kunming to Dali

Our origin plan this morning was to walk to a local park to join in a Tai Chi session. However, as it was still raining hard, we all stayed put. Just before leaving, some of us off-loaded a box of 'stuff' (books, purchases and clothing not required for the next week or so) which we left at the hotel for our return later. It did make our suitcases a wee bit lighter! Kunming is nicknamed 'City of Spring' due to the fact that it has a good climate for trees and plants. It evidently it boasts over 400 kinds of flowers, though during our stay...

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Nov 22, 2010 - Back in Kunming

The 6 hour bus trip to Kunming turned out to be more like 9 making it after 10:30 by the time we got to our hostel. After dumping our gear we settle into the cosy hostel bar for a final beer together. We are joined by Lewis from the UK who also stayed at the Garden Inn in Lijiang. The conversation somehow gets to politics. It’s very interesting to hear people from other nations talk about the political situation in their own country. There is, however, one common theme to all opinions and that is that everyone present feels as though real...

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Nov 21, 2010 - Update from Yunnan Province

We've been in China for about seven weeks now and have ridden 2300km through cities, villages, mountains and river valleys. We are constantly surprised by the landscape and people of China. The people have been warm, curious and helpful after they warm up a bit. Blank stares turn into huge smiles (and generous offers of cigarettes or a puff from the water pipe) when we offer a wave, smile or a botched "ni hao!". We've been touched by people buying us lunch; offers of smokes and meals by field workers; and people in all cities, villages and...

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May 4, 2010 - Cultural Diversity vs. Theme Parks in Disney World

Today I could pick up my visa extension which sets the ground for my hike through the “Tiger Leaping Gorge”. Still I had one day to spend in Kunming and had seen most of the recommended places except for the “Yunnan Minority Village”, an exposition of the culture and habits of the 25 minorities living in Yunnan. First I considered it interesting to have a look at the cultural diversity – the rites and rituals the different minorities still cherish, but when I walked through the park I was kind of disillusioned. The museum for me is the...

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