Blogs from Qiaotou, Yunnan, China, Asia


Asia » China » Yunnan » Qiaotou September 10th 2012

I think i'm fairly hardy when it comes to the ol' 8 hour ride on local long distance buses in developing countries – In Argentina they are positive luxury; in Guatemala they are referred to as “chicken buses” because of the company you may keep - however in China they really have begun to push even my happy go lucky back to basic traveller ways. Its a small 15 seater minivan – and admittedly its only cost about a tenner to get half way up the province – but at first I am sharing it with a huge slab of raw purply meat – that sits in the aisle – all stripey red and greasy fat. There is no toilet and i'm sharing with just Chinese. An hour in and I already need the loo and ... read more
Street stalls and a traffic jam

Asia » China » Yunnan » Qiaotou October 28th 2009

Have just seen a sign post, one way said to 'Tiger Leaping Gorge', which is our destination tomorrow, and the other way said to 'Shangrila', so I'm nearly there! We are in Qiaotou today, having ridden for approx 53 miles. Have done a lot of climbing again today, lots of hair pins, and are now at about 3-4000m. Very hot today, about 35 deg. Had lunch at a road side cafe, still more rice! This town is very small, only about 50 houses and shops and is situated in an extremely steep sided valley. Last night's entertainment, which we had been looking forward to, was a bit of a disappointment, the presenter talked on and on, in Chinese, for far too long. The music etc was interesting and entertaining when it finally got its turn.... read more

Asia » China » Yunnan » Qiaotou May 21st 2007

Next stop on our way north was going to be Tiger Leaping Gorge, known to many Brits after it was visited by a certain M. Palin in "Himalaya", which can be hiked from either of its 2 endpoints at Daju and Qiaotou. It seemed like Daju was going to be more inconvenient and expensive to get to, plus would be a less useful place to leave our main luggage from the point of view of an onward journey to Zhongdian, so we took a slow minibus through mountainous landscape to Qiaotou. Once at Qiaotou, many people opt to hike for a couple of hours to the Naxi Family Guesthouse, partly to chop a bit of time off the next day's hike and partly because the sunrises there are supposed to be magnificent. However we wanted to ... read more
Qiaotou cafe
Jane's Tibetan Guesthouse

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