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Final stop in China   Leave a comment

Our final stop in China was a town called Jianshui.  Kerry and I spent longer than expected there due to our Vietnam visa mix up.  See the attached (by clicking here) post for more details.  Our stay was during a bank holiday.  The day before which, Kerry and I braved the local market to see the sights.  They were something else!  Live chickens being sold and taken away live for the bank holiday cooking pot.  Sold chickens trying to escape purchase, families arriving on scooters to purchase their goods (and I mean a whole family on one scooter).  For some it was too much and a brief nap was called for.  It was madness personified…..but amazing.

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Stefan Palmer

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Posted 15/10/2011 by Stefan Palmer in China

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Kunming   Leave a comment

Mmmm.  The penultimate city in China for our tour. After the cool sights of Hong Kong, Kunming was a let down.  It was not helped by the traffic.  They are currently building a metro in the city which will be great when completed, but it is causing chaos at the moment.    We ventured out to the impressive stone forest (where the visitors were dressing up in traditional clothes) and the huge grossly polluted Lake Dian which is apparently rated Grade V (the worst grade) which makes the water unfit for agricultural or industrial uses.  There were some picturesque gardens around the lake though. On its shore the boys in the group had a go at  some karting.  The first time I have driven anything since early May!

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Stefan Palmer

Posted 12/10/2011 by Stefan Palmer in China

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Rice terraces as far as the eye can see   4 comments

What an incredible couple of days.  Out in the Chinese countryside.  While I have loved our China tour, I wish there was more of this.  We have seen lots of cities, but little of the countryside apart from on a bus or train.  When as far as the eye can see, you see rice terraces all cultivated by human beings you begin to realise have adaptive we are.  You also have to wonder why their ancestors didn’t  just settle on flat land all those hundreds of years ago.  The integrated irigation systems and perfectly correct angle of the land to let water flow to the next terrace is a real marvel.  The village we stayed in was a cobbled together marvel of wooden engineering.  I really don’t know how it all stayed together.  What was also nice was that we could photograph people without anyone holding their hands out for money.

Here’s a brief video of the terraces too from the village.  We stood on a balcony overlooking the valley.

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Stefan Palmer

Posted 09/10/2011 by Stefan Palmer in China

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Yangshuo   Leave a comment

Here’s my gallery of Yangshou in China.  We did loads of activities there (see the link to the post on Kyacking and cycling)  It was what I expected Vietnam to look like with the stunning rocks just jutting out of the ground.  Now I’m in Vietnam I wasn’t wrong.

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Stefan Palmer

Posted 03/10/2011 by Stefan Palmer in China

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Cycling and Kyacking in China   1 comment

This was a great, but exhausting two day.  Day 1.  A bike ride around the surrounding countryside of Yangshuo including a brief hike to the top of a very high hill overlooking our cycle route.  Day 2. We went kyacking down the Li river, just outside Yangshuo.  The river was pond calm with mirror image views of the surrounding mountains….at the start of the day.  It was a pity when the mist came down, followed by rain, but it cool us down.  We finished the kyack with a swim in the river and a soggy bus trip back to the hotel.   Much to the bus drivers annoyance.

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Stefan Palmer

Posted 29/09/2011 by Stefan Palmer in China

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Your Mission should you choose to accept it.   2 comments

Out of the big cities we travelled to the village of Xi Tang (well in Chinese terms with a population of a mere 300,000).  This is an authentic whitewashed village with tiny alleyways with shops selling local food and handmade gifts and a river running through the centre.  We arrived late for a one night stay.  Just in time to get some daylight shots before dark and then some stunning night pictures.  One of our group (Andrew) plays a guitar so we persuaded a local bar owner to let him do a set.  Meantime Warren and I where out on the street greeting the locals and enticing them in to listen to the music with some success.  Kerry and I woke up the following morning regreting the last drink of the night, we had got back to the hostel at 01.00.

To get a good idea about the the village watch the last 20 minutes of Mission Impossible 3, which was filmed in Xi Tang.

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Stefan Palmer

Posted 24/09/2011 by Stefan Palmer in China

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The Terracotta Warriors   Leave a comment

The Chinese marvels keep coming thick and fast.  Today The Terracotta Warriors.  They are awesome!  The size of pit one with the curved hanger style roof is breathtaking.  There are 3 pits in total with a variety of different warriors including infantarymen, archers, calveryman and officers to name a few.  The whole site is really well put together and is still an active excavation site.    Here’s a link to some more information on the warriors.

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Stefan Palmer

Posted 23/09/2011 by Stefan Palmer in China

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