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China – A Selection Of 54 Pictures

In Chengyang, a Dong Village near Sanjiang, Guilin region, China

In Chengyang, a Dong Village near Sanjiang, Guilin region, China

We traveled the 30 days our visa permitted throughout China’s southwestern provinces in Mai 2008: Guangxi (Guilin, Yangshuo), Sichuan (Chengdu, Leshan, Emei Shan), Yunnan (Lijiang, Dali, Kunming, Yuanyang) & Xishuangbanna (Jingling). This was definitely not enough! Nevertheless, we now know it can be easily done without a common language. This introduction to China also was an immense eye opener and some of the negative concepts we had of this country we corrected or simply vanished! Continue Reading →

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The Rice Terraces Of Yuanyang

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Rice Terrasses of Yuanyang (here in Duoyishu), Yunnan, China

Rice Terrasses of Yuanyang (here in Duoyishu), Yunnan, China

At 05:00 am, we set off and arrived at the village of Duoyishu, long before the sun peeked around the mountain edge. We listened to the village coming to life and gasped at the unreal scenery, an enormous area of terraces carved from the mountain slopes, still sitting there in the semi-darkness. Even the chilly temperatures could not distract us from this most impressive scenery. It was just the six of us enjoying this magic awakening. Continue Reading →

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Feeling 7.9 on the Richter scale!

Monday, May 12th 2008 – 02.28 pm

Earthquake in Chengdu, on May 12th, 2008, at 14:28 - 7.9 on Richter Scale!

Earthquake in Chengdu, on May 12th, 2008, at 14:28 – 7.9 on Richter Scale!

We were in Chengdu / Sichuan, 92 kilometres from the epicentre when the earthquake hit with full force Monday afternoon at 02:28 pm, with an incredible strength of 7.9 on the Richter Scale (max. is 9.0). We needed a few seconds to realize what was happening. We then rushed into a doorway to look for shelter. Continue Reading →

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Chengdu – Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

 

Giant Pandas, Giant Pandas Breeding Research Base, Chengdu, China

Giant Pandas, Giant Pandas Breeding Research Base, Chengdu, China

No tourist leaves this city without visiting the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, with its 50 giant and red pandas. May is the end of the “falling in love period”, so in September we would have seen the very young ones. Nevertheless, they are not a pretty sight right after they are born. Continue Reading →

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Travel Guide To China

Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge, Dong Village near Sanjiang, Guilin region, China

Chengyang Wind & Rain Bridge, Dong Village near Sanjiang, Guilin region, China

We traveled the 30 days our visa permitted throughout China’s southwestern provinces in Mai 2008: Guangxi (Guilin, Yangshuo), Sichuan (Chengdu, Leshan, Emei Shan), Yunnan (Lijiang, Dali, Kunming, Yuanyang) & Xishuangbanna (Jingling). This was definitely not enough! Nevertheless, we now know it can be easily done without a common language. This introduction to China also was an immense eye opener and some of the negative concepts we had of this country we corrected or simply vanished! Continue Reading →

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China – Budget

Leshan, the Biggest Bhudda, near Chengdu, China

Leshan, the Biggest Bhudda, near Chengdu, China

China’s Southwest is unbelievably cheap to travel for western tourists: even though we significantly upgraded our standard of living and traveling, no longer really taking care of what we spent, we spent about 35 Euros a person per day. This could have been cut by at least one third, of course if we wanted to! Continue Reading →

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Crossing The Chinese – Lao Border

Around Luang Nam Tha

Around Luang Nam Tha

Laos welcomed us with a big thunderstorm. While we were filling out our visa application and later had our passports checked & stamped at immigration, the first thunder roared. And soon, the skies came open… Somebody waved us into a “jumbo”, a big tuk-tuk with a roof. We jumped on it and off we went, not really knowing where we were going and actually how much it would cost… Gilles was sure it would take us to the next town to catch a bus for the two hour ride to Luang Nam Tha, Heidi had her doubts. Continue Reading →

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Eating Out In China

Of course, we tried many different eateries ... Some of them very simple!

Of course, we tried many different eateries … Some of them very simple!

Eating was heaven! Even though we never consulted the Lonely Plant when it came to choosing restaurants in the last 10 months, because the places recommended are always far more expensive, in China we have come to appreciate those recommendations: the places mentioned in the guide usually have an English menu! Continue Reading →

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Xishuangbanna – The Southwestern Most Part Of China

Jinghong, the capital of the Xishuangbanna province, seems like the Chinese Riviera, China

Jinghong, the capital of the Xishuangbanna province, seems like the Chinese Riviera, China

When we visited Yuanyang, we were rather close to Jinghong, the capital of the Xishuangbanna province. However, the bus trip would have taken two full days on very bumpy roads. So we took the bus back to Kunming and flew the 40 minutes from there to Jinghong, where we were in for another surprise. Continue Reading →

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Different Ways To Explore China

 

From left to right: Gilles, Murielle, Martin, a German biking around the world, Camille, Michael - Yuanyang, Yunnan, China

From left to right: Gilles, Murielle, Martin, a German biking around the world, Camille, Michael – Yuanyang, Yunnan, China

Our fellow travelers in Yuanyang were, as usually, most interesting! Martin has traveled to China 11 times since 1992 (!) and knows every corner of Northwest & Southwest of China. He had lots to tell about how the country has transformed in a positive way. Especially the attitude towards foreigners has changed dramatically, reflecting the official government policy. Continue Reading →

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