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Asia » China » Yunnan » Jinghong August 19th 2022

Asia » China » Sichuan » Emei Shan August 11th 2022

Hi All, Travelling for non Chinese people has become infuriating with virus xenophobia really starting to grate. Last week we tried to pay a visit to Kangding only to be told I wasn't allowed on the bus, no reason given just being foreign is enough. Every place I visit not only do I have to show my healthcode or travel code, a QR code which everyone here has on the app WeChat, but I also have to sign in a book with my name, phone number and passport details. I also have to put up with people putting their hands over their hands and noses as I approach them or quickly putting on facemasks. Just today a monk, who wasn't wearing a mask, told me to put one on while saying nothing to the other people ... read more
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Asia » China » Yunnan » Lijiang August 10th 2022

Today was a day that I had been concerned about. I wanted to do this, I needed to do this to test my health, but it could have had repercussions. Today the trip took us up Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. We were to reach an altitude of about 4680 metres. The air is thin, it was also going to be cold and I had forgotten to bring warm clothes, they were sitting on my bed, somehow overlooked in the packing. But the altitude was the concern. You see 6 years ago I had open heart surgery and a quintuple bypass. Generally I am fit enough but thin air, lower levels of oxygen and the exertion of the climb was causing me some doubts about whether I should do this. In my 20's I climbed Mt Kenya ... read more
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Asia » China » Yunnan » Dali August 8th 2022

Dali and Surrounds I honestly would like to go back to Dali and have a longer opportunity to look around. Our day started with an opportunity to photograph "the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple". This was done at a distance, time did not allow us to visit the temple. Some vendors were selling objects and nick nacks primarily made from the local stone. The patterns within the stone were fascinating. We then proceeded to a village market place. I never got the name of the village. Here I had a small bit of Covid-19 unpleasantness. Many people were maskless, however as the only foreigner a security guard at the market entrance insisted that I wore a mask, I stopped to watch, I was the only person told to wear a mask in the short time that ... read more
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Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming August 5th 2022

Arrival Kunming was my first stop on a tour of Yunnan Province. I chose to go with a tour group to ensure that I was with foreigners and an English speaking tour guide. To be honest I was reluctant to book this trip. I am not sure why. I was also considering simply booking a flight to Sanya and having a beach holiday. I ended up in Yunnan and with hindsight it was a very good decision to avoid Sanya as an outbreak of Covid-19 began about the same time. Sanya ended up going into lockdown with media reporting 80,000 stranded tourists. There are still people struggling to leave Sanya as I write this 2 weeks later. Internal flights are becoming more routine now. Covid Tests within 48 hours before flying. Setting up the Health Code ... read more
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Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu July 8th 2022

Hi All, This is one of the few tourist sites I haven't visited here in Chengdu. So in sweltering 38° heat we explored the very large Taoist temple 青羊宫,QingYang Gong, The Green Ram Temple. One of the halls was under renovation but the rest of the buildings were open although not all were accessible. There has been a temple on the site for around 2000 years but most of the buildings standing today are Qing dynasty renovations and some are rebuilds done in the later half of the 20th century. As with all of these Chinese temples in the middle of the city the quiet and tranquility is wonderful. At the rear of the temple is a lovely teahouse, where we passed a couple of hours in the cool shade, and there is also a cheap ... read more
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Asia » China » Xinjiang » Lake Kanas July 3rd 2022

Hemu Hem was a relatively short drive from the Lake Kanas National Park. We arrived in the early evening after leaving the Park. As we drove towards the village it looked like there were two locations. The larger habitat was a little bit lower down the valley. We ended up at the smaller and higher of the two. We were picked up and taken to our accommodation. By this time it was getting late and after dumping our bags we congregated in the nearest restaurant for an evening meal. Shortly after to bed. The next morning I arose early and walked around the town. It was fairly small and there was a lot of construction going on. This place is being developed at an amazing rate, Breakfast was simple local fare back at the same restaurant ... read more
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Asia » China » Xinjiang » Altay July 2nd 2022

Rainbow Beach, Colourful Beach, Wucai Beach There seems to be many translations of this area. Basically the banks of a river at this stage runs through an area of I guess sandstone. The river has carved through the land and erosion has exposed many different colours of material. It is interesting scenery. There are interestingly shaped and coloured features. Once again however, if I missed this I would not feel that I had missed much. The area was about 40 minutes drive from Burqin on the way to Lake Kanas. The day was hot, it was very dry. Boardwalks kept people off the sensitive areas and gave viewpoints at different locations. It was scenic. The river that runs through the area is variously called the Irzise or Irtysh and is the only Chinese river that flows ... read more
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Asia » China » Xinjiang » Burqin July 1st 2022

Devil City or Ghost City Well it isn't even a real city. Today was a long drive again. We left the hotel and hit the road. The City is an arid dry hot area of strange landforms. The land has been sculpted by the wind and eroded by the dust blown in the wind. Strange forms and shapes resemble "animals" and have been given names. When the wind blows it creates noises and sounds that the local inhabitants described as the cries of the dead, hence the name. Displays have been set up to serve as attractions for tourists. One can get camel rides, there are displays of horsemen and even (fake) dinosaur bones. To get between the different displays and activity areas there is a hop on hop off "train" to ferry people around. Beyond ... read more
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Asia » China » Xinjiang » Burqin June 30th 2022

Duku Highway The guide books and travel advice web sites rate the Duku Highway as one of the most beautiful drives on the planet. I have to agree, the section that we drove was spectacular. Our day started with what was going to be a long drive. Our instructions from the driver were to call out when we needed a photo stop. The section of the Highway that we drove on started at the Nalati Grasslands and ended up in Burqin (Beurjin). The route is numbered G217, but sometimes we were on G3014 travelling in a general Northerly direction. There are warning signs in Chinese along the route to only stop in designated parking areas. Our driver was very careful and took us safely through the winding roads, sharp bends and steep sections. Fortunately the makers ... read more
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