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Asia » China » Yunnan » Jinghong February 23rd 2022

This was on a short trip around the north west side of Kong Ming Shan, in an area that I had not explored before. It's an area of mixed farming: rubber, tea, fruit, maize, etc.... read more

Asia » China » Yunnan » Jinghong February 20th 2022

A recent exploration of and area to the north west of Jinghong.... read more
Kun Ge Shan
Kun Ge Shan
Kun Ge Shan

Asia » China » Yunnan » Jinghong February 19th 2022

On the path from the river - Xiao He is Jiang - up to Man Gong, near Yibang.... read more

Asia » China » Yunnan » Jinghong February 16th 2015

Eind januari had ik eindelijk 6 volle dagen vakantie. Ik wilde heel graag naar het Zuiden van China en vond uiteindelijk enkele kennissen die meekonden. Reizen met mensen die je niet zo goed kent is echt leuk! Ik nam het vliegtuig helemaal alleen want de anderen reisden op een ander moment of wilden geld sparen en namen de trein. Die doet er 35 uur over om het massale land te doorkruisen. Een van mijn reisgezellen, een Fransman, wilde nog meer geld sparen en boekte niet eens een ‘sleeper’ maar gewoon een ‘hard seat’. Dat is zoveel als een houten plank om op te zitten, non-stop voor 35 uur, heen en terug! Avontuurlijke kerel, we hebben heel de reis gelachen met alle toeren die hij uithaalt om het goedkoop te houden. Toen hij naar Xi’an reisde boekte ... read more
De rijstvelden
Let's take a selfie with a Chinese woman!
干杯 "Gan bei!" (schol!)

Asia » China » Yunnan » Jinghong June 16th 2014

Čína má dvě oblasti, které se obvykle považují za tropické. Za prvé ostrov Hainan v jihočínském moři, které je sice jinak dějištěm mnoha sporů mezi okolními státy, ale provincie Hainan samotná je jinak součástí Číny skutečně velmi dlouho. A za druhé jižní část provincie Yunnan, hraničící s Laosem a Barmou, zvaná Xishuangbanna (西双版纳州). Oficiálně je to autonomní prefektura, spravovaná daiskou národností (Dai), což jsou blízcí příbuzní Thajců a Laosanů; vzdáleněji také ovšem Zhuangů, další z oficiálních čínských národností, žijících hlavně v provincii Guangxi (广西). Samotný název Xishuangbanna mi stále připomíná jamajsko-ostravské slovní patvary brutwanna, rastakayakwanna, sfusama atd. od skupiny Buty, ale zdroj jména je samozřejmě jinde, v původním daiském správním členění "dvanáct okresn... read more
Kaučuk u Menglong
U Černé pagody v Menglong
U Černé pagody v Menglong

Asia » China » Yunnan » Jinghong September 25th 2013

And so after that brief one week transit in Laos, and another 7h bus ride later, I say hello to the Middle Kingdom. Crossing the Boten-Mohan border, it became apparent very quickly that I'd entered another country. Gone were the quiet small-laned streets and rural backdrops. Enter large, super-highways, flanked by equally imposing but tackily opulent buildings. Yes, welcome to China, centre of the ongoing Asian economic miracle. And my first stop was Jinghong, the capital of the Xishuangbanna region in Yunnan province, in the far southwest of this large country. Despite it being very much a secondary city, it could hardly be more different from my last stop in Laos. Bustling, with lots of people. LOUD-talking people (we are in China after all), many conversing in what I presume to be some kind of Yunnanese ... read more
Rock Gambling
Say what?
Mengla

Asia » China » Yunnan » Jinghong April 7th 2013

Geo: 22.0057, 100.8Have spent a very relaxed last few days in Jinghong. Despite looming development, Jinghong very much remains a laid back jungle town. Unlike the normal giant Chinese metropolises you can walk from one side to the other in less than an hour. Plus the palm trees and peacock/pagoda lamp posts everywhere make it a beautiful city. Peacock Lake is the place to go to see everyday traditional Chinese life in action. Retired men take their birds for a walk and gather to play chess, mah-jong and gamble. Ladies take their grandchildren for a walk and join in impromptu karaoke with a portable amplifier. This was our favourite place to wander. There appears to be some wonderful places to visit in the region - village treks, jungle walks, hidden waterfalls, botanical gardens...However we opted to ... read more
Binjiang night market
Favourite shao kao
Please don't make me do that Mummy!

Asia » China » Yunnan » Jinghong April 5th 2013

Geo: 22.0057, 100.81km down the road from our hotel in Jinghong is Manting Gongyuan. We didn't have high hopes but it turned out that this is a fantastic place to visit. Much quieter than other 'theme parks' in the area, the paths are surrounded by dense tropical plants and birdsong. We stumbled upon a Buddhist temple which took us completely by surprise. Isaac loved whacking the giant drums. Whilst enjoying the scenery we bumped into a chatty elderly chinese gentleman from America who followed us around for the rest of our visit. We watched a peacock dance show (people dressed as peacocks rather than actual peacocks themselves!)... read more
Hello dragon!
Another dragon!
Front of temple

Asia » China » Yunnan » Jinghong March 31st 2013

Geo: 21.9736, 100.816On Easter Day we flew from Kunming to Jinghong. It was Bill's Dad's first time on a plane. he is travelling with us (and slowly driving me insane despite never speaking a word to me!) Jinghong (the region capital) is charming. I love it! Here I can still find all the things I love about China:BBQ (shao kao) stalls everywhere all night long.Beer for 30pMilk tea (nai cha) stallsAvailable taxisBig squares for dancing and gathering at nightFruit sellersTraffic lights that tell you how long you have to cross Nonsense signs in EnglishLadies wearing t-shirts with 'juicy' written in the back.The palm tree lined roads are a bonus! (Though watch a coconut doesn't fall on your head!) Plus nobody's told me that Isaac is too cold! We visited the Virgin Forest Park. Once Bill had ... read more
Baby melons
Yum!
Thailand street

Asia » China » Yunnan » Jinghong March 8th 2013

We left later the next morning on what was to be our second last day in China. Mr Jong collected us and our luggage (which seems to have grown in the last two months) and we drove on the same road that we had travelled by local bus on our search for the elusive Manna'nan a couple of days before. Mr Jong was unaware of the village as well so where the guide book got the information from remains a mystery. Our first stop was in Jinuo Shan, a tiny village where a small minority group called the Jinuo live. The women of this minority wear a distinctive white peaked hood. When we arrived we felt as if we were back in Zhoaxing in Guixhou Province as a pig slaughter was just about to begin. The ... read more
Dai women in the gardens
Tossing and rolling the tea leaves
Preparing the chillis




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