Peace and Quiet September 28th 2011 Am sitting on the small deck of Bruce Chalet, a small hotel just outside of the old town of Shuhe, one of several old, protected towns in this area, the best known and largest of which is Lijiang.
I arrived here yesterday on the night train from Kunming -- a good night's sleep in a soft sleeper compartment.
There's little of sightseeing value in Kunming proper, so I spent most of ... read more
Asia » China » Yunnan » Lijiang For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. A... ... read more