Yunnan : Shangri La/香格里拉 the Little Tibet!

Shangri-la is located at the northern border of Yunnan Province, with Tibet to its west and Sichuan to it east. Our next stop after Lijiang is Shangri-la, only about 200 km north of Lijiang. Have you wonder how did the name came about? The original name is called Zhongdian/中甸 but then renamed to Shangri la …

China : Dali in Yunnan, dominated by Bai Minority People!

The Name of Dali/大理 Dali/大理 is a famous city to visit in Yunnan. The name of Dali is coming from a local regime in history called Kingdom Dali, meaning a state of great order. Many of the buildings of the city were build of marble /Dali Stone that is why it is also called a …

China Yunnan : Lufeng/禄丰 Dinosaur Valley 世界恐龙谷

Lufeng/禄丰 is located west of Yunnan, about 1.5 hours drive from Kunming, the capital. It is known as “Hometown of Dinosaurs”.  Dinosaur Valley in Lufeng Yunnan has the largest collection of dinosaurs in China or even the world! Some tall pillars before entering the Dinosaur Valley. The pillars were inscripted with different kind of dinosaurs. …

China : Finding Romance in Lijiang Yunnan/艳遇丽江

After visiting Dali, the next stop is Lijiang. It is about 500 km northwest of the capital city Kunming. If you go by air, it takes about an hour. Old Town of Lijiang/ 丽江古城 – place to find romance Old Town of Lijiang/ 丽江古城 also known as Dayan/大研, is a Unesco World Heritage Site.  People …

China Yunnan : Kunming – The Stone Forest/石林 and Jiuxiang /九乡

If you refer to the map, Yunnan is borders with Vietnam, Burma and Laos.  The Yunnan province is not only famous for it amazing scenery and mountains but also its minorities groups.  It has about 25 ethnic minority groups, almost half of China minority groups (56) in Yunnan.  The biggest population is Yi people and …

China Guangxi 5 – Guilin & Nanning

Guilin Guangxi –  Top landscape in the World Elephant Trunk Hill in Guilin Guangxi We had a morning boat ride in the River Lijiang and pass by the most iconic landmark, the Elephant Trunk Hill/象鼻山.  It is also a symbol of city of Guilin.  If you look carefully, between the legs and the trunk, there …

China Guangxi 4 : Datang Bay & Longsheng Rice Terrace – Great for nature & photography lovers!

Guilin Datang Bay : Great for nature lovers Longsheng Rice Terrace/龙胜梯田 This place is famous for few things, the paddy field landscape, the minority folk culture and it long table diet meal.  It is about 100 km from Guilin City. Datang Bay Longsheng Bamboo Cottage Experience The place we stayed was really simple, heater yes but …

China Guangxi 3 : Cave Appreciation in Silver Cave & Impression Liu SanJie Show by Zhang Yimou on the River Li in Yangshou

Guangxi 3 : Yangshuo/阳朔 – River Li/漓江 Silver Cave or Yinzhi Cave/银子岩 Yinzi Cave is located in Lipu County, about 85 km away from Guilin and only 3 km away from Yangshuo County. We departed from Yangshuo early in the morning to visit Yinzi Cave. Yinzi (银子 in Chinese means money), so there is a Chinese …

China Guangxi 2 : Liuzhou is famous for its Rare Stone Museum, Heavy Industries Museum & Bamboo Rafting

Liuzhou in Guangxi China Liuzhou is the second largest city in Guangxi and is the region’s industrial center.  Few things you can explore, two important museums and a bamboo rafting! Rare Stone Museum in Liuzhou One of the famous museum that you should not miss is to visit the Rare stone museum.    Over here …

China Guangxi 1 : Find out the secret to longevity in Bama Village in Guangxi

China – Guangxi  Guangxi is located at the south central China, bordering Vietnam.  This place is a mountainous area where tourists rush here for it charming natural scenery and diverse ethnic customs.  From here, you can access easily to Vietnam and there are a huge number of Vietnamese staying here. We was here for about …