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... think this means if the rocks starts to collapse run! and 'here no loitering photographs asks you to pass fast! i.e Move fast along this section. These translations make us giggle. Obviously these spots provide the best photo opportunities so we tend to ignore the signs! We do not think this would meet health and safety standards in the UK! We spot the road on the other side of the gorge and it looks horrendous, especially when you see the number of landslides from ...
We have a relaxed start today, apart from the mass Chinese at breakfast piling their plates high. Ian gets rather annoyed after queuing for fried eggs when the man in front takes 4! It is like the last supper. This morning we head up towards the hills and the Jade Dragon mountain to visit two traditional villages inhabited by Naxi people. The drive is just stunning with different views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain at every corner. First we head to Yuhu village. ...
Weds 21st Oct Reluctantly we've set our 4.30 alarm ready for a 5am pickup. We packed last night so we are ready to go. A shame to be leaving Xi'an after such a short visit - we really liked the traditional Chinese style compared to Beijing. We get to the airport in good time, navigate the long queues for check in and grab a much needed coffee. The flight is just over two hours and passes quickly enough. We enjoy a tasty spicy beef-filled pastry pouch. At least we think it ...
Town of 1000 guesthouses; fees and protection fees; Naxi culture; selfie sticks and smartphones
We spent a week in the lovely old town of Lijiang. We had been unsure about whether to go, wondering if it would be too similar to Dali, but it was completely different in three main ways.
First, the culture is Naxi, not Bai, and so the people look different and the crafts and food are different.
Second, there is no wall and it is not built in a ...
On the tea horse trail; dogs and frogs; a tale of two restaurants
We arrived in Shaxi on Thursday. We took a bus to Jianchuan, and then a minibus to Shaxi. The minibus took us through winding mountain roads and spectacular scenery and over many bumps. We were sitting over the back axle and got the full benefit.
"Shaxi" is really a group of villages. The one that tourists go to is Sideng. It has some stunning old buildings in wood and adobe, ...