China - 2014

Southern Cross Hotel  A place I will remember, my accommodation in Lijiang. A cozy place right in the middle of ancient town Lijiang but nicely hidden in a small alley. The room with the 2 chairs in front at this lovely inner-court is where I spent my time. December 21, 2014. Bada Rice fileds  Mingling with the kids at the site of Bada rice Terraces. December 20, 2014. Xinjie  Enjoying rice wine with the locals at Xinjie market - December 19, 2014. Xinjie  Having lunch, the Chinese way - Xinjie - December 19, 2014.
Xinjie Market  Having a smoke - Xinjie - December 19, 2014. Duoyishu  Road works ahead - Duoyishu - December 19, 2014. Bada scenic Rice Terraces  Consisted od over 14,000 mu of mutually connected paddy fields, Bada scenic is one of Yuanyang's key protected areas chosen to apply for the World Heritage. Yuanyang - December 19, 2014. Kunming  No sing of english a the chinese railway station. Go your own way - Kunming - December 18, 2014.
Blue Moon Valley  Fantastic scenery at the Blue Moon Valley - December 22, 2014. Jada Dragon Snow Mountain  Amazing experience. On my way to Jada Dragon Snow Mountain it was foggy, raining and cold. After getting higher by cable car, the sky opened up and the mountains were visible as wide the eye could reach. December 22, 2014. Jada Dragon Snow Mountain  Reaching the top of (well, sort of) of the Jada Dragon Snow Mountain - December 22, 2014. Jada Dragon Snow Mountain  Jada Dragon Snow Mountain - December 22, 2014.
Jada Dragon Snow Mountain  I did not planned to come here at all, but decided to change my travelplan slightly. I did not regretted. December 22, 2014. Jada Dragon Snow Mountain  The mountain top in full view on a beautiful day - December 22, 2014. Lijiang  The Old Town of Lijiang, is a well-preserved old city of ethnic minorities with brilliant culture - December 20, 20014. Lijiang  Posing with a Yi woman - Lijiang - December 21, 2014.
Jada Dragon Snow Mountain  At 4506 meters above sea level, I was lucky being able to hire a thick coat and bought gloves as I arrived unprepared to the regiion - December 22, 2014. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain  Oxygen bottles are on sale at the Visitor's Centre and its very usefull this side of the world - December 22, 2014. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain  It looks like an easy hike up to the mountains but many people suffered from shortness in breath due the high altitude - Jade Dragon Snow Mountain - December 22, 2014. Lijiang  Portrait of a young saleswoman - Lijiang - December 21, 2014.
Yuanyang  Cute little Hani girl - Yuanyang - December 19, 2014. Sheng Village  Myself and doors, always has been something connected. Hence the many pictures with me posing on doors to be found at this website - Sheng Village - December 19, 2014. Xinjie  Lovely aged couple on the market of Xinjie - December 19, 2014. Xinjie  Chines fella enjoying a pipe - December 19, 2014.
Lijiang  Naxi people pay much attention to their decoration - Lijiang - December 21, 2014. Lijiang  Living in such a beautiful and comfortable environment is a real pleasant thing - Lijiang - December 21, 2014. Xinjie  Local Naxi woman - December 19, 2014. Yuanyang  Carrying firewoods - Yuanyang - December 18, 2014
Lijiang  Naxi girls chatting near Square Street - Lijiang - December 19, 2014. Lijiang  I promised myself to ever return to this lovely small town full of life - Lijiang - December 21, 2014. Lijiang  Allthough it was low season during my visit, lots of Chinese strolling the lanes of Lijiang Ancient Town. December 21, 2014. Lijiang  Watching the world goes by at Square Street - Lijiang - December 21, 2014.
Lijiang  Selling and demonstrating drums - Lijiang - December 21, 2014. Lijiang  The charming Old Town is now a famous tourist attraction for its traditional ethnic culture and customs, inimitable buildings and the wonderful natural views. Lijiang - December 21, 2014. Xinjie  This fashionable coat made of animal skin is a comfortable way to protect you from the coldness - Xinjie town - December 19, 2014. Lijiang  The Black Dragon Lake at Lijiang old town - December 21, 2014.
Lijiang  At the Black Dragon Lake of Lijiang - December 21, 2014. Blue Moon Valley  Blue Moon Valley scenic area, also called Shika Snow Mountain area, is located in the southwestern Shangri-La (Zhongdian), about 7km away from Shangril-La county with about 15 min driving. December 22, 2014. Blue Moon Valley  The head of the valley is one of the main tourist sites and has natural white water terraces. the water often  appear as an amazing turquoise-blue. December 22, 2014. Blue Moon Valley  The river flows into four lakes called Jade Water Lake, Mirror Lake, Blue Moon Lake and Billowing Lake. Blue Moon Valley - December 22, 2014.
Lijiang  The Old Town of Lijiang which occupies an area of three point eight square kilometers (912 acres) was firstly built in the late Song Dynasty and the early Yuan Dynasty and has a history of more than 800 years. Lijiang - December 21, 2014. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain  On the way to the summit of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain - December 22, 2014. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain  This crew of chinese girls absolutely wanted to have their picture taken with this white visitor. I did not refused their invitation - December 22, 2014. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain  With new friends Fiona and Michael from Hong Kong - December 22, 2014.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.  Jade Dragon Snow Mountain now is a famous scenic spot for sightseeing, mountaineering, skiing, exploration, scientific research and taking holiday. December 22, 2014. Lijiang  The Old Town of Lijiang, a well-preserved old city of ethnic minorities with brilliant culture, is a central town of the Lijiang Autonomous County of the Naxi Ethnic Minority in Yunnan Province. December 21, 2014. Lijiang  The Old Town is built along the lie of mountains and the flow of rivers, providing a very precious sample of the research on the old-time architecture. Lijiang - December 21, 2014. Lijiang  The center of the Old Town is the Square Street (Sifangjie). Four main streets radiate from Square Street and extend to the four different directions. December 21, 2014.
Lijiang  All kind of foodstalls can be found at the Ancient town of Lijiang - December 21, 2014 Black Dragon Lake  Mirror image of the Black Dragon Lake of Lijiang - December 21, 2014. Lijiang  A Yi woman traditionally dressed near the Black Dragon Lake, a nice park popular by chinese tourists - December 21, 2014. Lijiang  A bird eye's view of Lijiang old town - December 21, 2014.
Lijiang  Lunch anyone ? Lijiang - December 21, 2014. Lijiang  The unique geographical location of Lijiang, historical background and multiracial inhabitants make it one of the most special. December 21, 2014. Yuanyang  Yuanyang Rice Terraces, located on the southern slopes of Ailao Mountain in Yuanyang County (part of Honghe Hani Autonomous Prefecture) and located in the south of Yunnan Province. December 18, 2014. Yuanyang  At present, known as 'land sculpture' the terraced fields have been being officially acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Cultural and Natural Heritage site. December 19, 2014.
Xingie  Xingie Town - December 18, 2014. Yuanyang  The Hani people's ancestors came to this steep mountain area 2,500 years ago. December 19, 2014. Xingie  Locals returning from Xinjie market - December 19, 2014. Xinjie  A saleman trying to convince customers to buy his home-made medicines. Xinjie market - December 19, 2014.
Xinjie  The market takes place on Rat, Monkey and Dragon days. 15 minutes from Yuanyang - Xinjie Town - December 19, 2014. Xinjie  Potential customers inspecting the wares at Xinjie Market - December 19, 2014. Kunming  I photographed this spot about 14 years ago already and wanted to return today 14 years later to capture the double arch on digital film. Kunming - December 18, 2014. Duoysihu Fields  This is the most beautiful natural and cultural landscape of Yuanyang Terraces, and it is the best place to go if you wish to photograph the sunrise. Duoyishu Rice Terraces - December 18, 2014.
Duoyishu  Sunrise provides the most beautiful sight in Duoyishu as the morning there highlights the superlative dynamic landscape.December 19, 2014. Duoyishu  As the reflections and shadows are constantly changing at Duoyishu Rice Terraces during sunrise, the visual impact can be overwhelming. December 19, 2014. Duoyishu  The terraces in this scenic area, including Duoyishu, Aichun, and Dawazhe, are more than 1647.4 acres in total. December 19, 2014. Duoyishu  Sunrise over Duoyishu. Somewhere on the frontline of the small town (pictures right) must be Jacky's Guesthouse, my accommodation during my time in this place. December 19, 2014.
Duoyishu  Hani terraced fields are magnificent and on a large-scale. They extend to many towns along the south bank of the Red River, such as Yuanyang, Lüchun and Jinping among others. December 19, 2014. Shuhe  Shuhe Ancient Town is less busy compared to Lijiang - Shuhe Ancient Town - December 21, 2014. Jianshui  On the way to from Kunming to Jianshui by public transport - December 18, 2014. Lijiang  Due to the reticular aqueducts, willow trees grow everywhere and there are almost 350 varied and inimitable bridges in the little town, some of which were built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. December 21, 2014.
Lijiang  Local snacks are available day and night at the streetside of Lijiang Ancient Town - December 21, 2014. Lijiang  Square Street of Lijiang - Centered building houses a Chinese discotheque - a lot of fun indeed (see my video section) - December 22, 2014. Lijiang  Fantastic masterpiece of Chinese architecture near Black Dragon Lake - Lijiang - December 21, 2014. Sheng Village  Weaving at the perch of her home - Sheng Village - December 20, 2014.
Lijiang  The commodious and applied houses are mostly timber and tile structure compound with a garden, each has engraved vivid figures of people and animals on doors and windows, beautiful flowers and trees in the garden. Lijiang - December 21, 2014. Lijiang  Pretty girls chatting - Lijaing old town - December 19, 2014. Lijiang  Countless lanes extending in all directions form a network and connect every corner of the town. Streets are paved by the local bluestones which are neither muddy in the rainy season nor dusty in the dry season. December 21, 2014. Lijiang  The town reputed as the 'Oriental Venice' and 'Suzhou in Highland', but it is much, much more than this. Once you have visited this Old Town, it will capture your heart for the rest of your life. December 21, 2014.