Mountains, yaks and golf

Trip Start Jan 30, 2007
Trip End Dec 31, 2011

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Flag of China  , Yunnan,
Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sometimes some people seem to be able to reinforce stereotypes. Like the one about the ugly tourist: American, loud, uncultured.

I don't know if a certain photographer is loud, or even American (he just takes photos for GolfDigest), but he doesn't seem to know that a yak might be considered to be some form of cattle - and cattle are banned from being taken into the US to stop mad cow disease.

"My only disappointment came at U.S. Customs. In Nepal I picked up some yak jerky for my son, to share with his buddies around the campfire. Turns out yaks are a kind of cattle, so the jerky was confiscated. Precautions against mad cow disease, you know. I'll pass on that kind of adventure."

Perhaps this is why photographers for magazines and websites should not be allowed to write stories.

He does have nice things to say about Lijiang:

"Organized, modern and mountainous, Lijiang is called "the Switzerland of China."

But not such nice things about Chinese red tape:

" the Chinese required lots of bureaucratic negotiating. When we got to Jade Dragon, there was nobody around. There was no way I was going to miss a perfect sunrise waiting for "procedure." So we hiked onto the course (and I mean hiked -- it plays 8,548 yards), and I got the pictures you see here. Knowing I got what I wanted, it was time to go home."

You can see the pics at
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