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Painting the town Chinese Red

As Chinese communities around the world prepare for the Dragon New Year, we’re feeling pretty excited to have a front seat to all the action. The streets are heaving with people shopping for new clothes, buying up special foods at the market and painting their doors with a fresh coat of lucky red. The mood […]

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Cycling through the green fields of rural China

Right outside the fortress walls of Dali’s ancient town lies a vast green world of orderly vegetable gardens, Bai villages, fishing jetties and peaceful dirt roads. All accessible by bicycle and hardly a car in sight. With the icy wind in my hair and a pack on my back I meandered past villagers harvesting greens, […]

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Nice day for a white Chinese wedding

Living under a cold mountain range at a highish elevation is completely different to the tropical Australia we left behind. The Cangshan mountains aren’t high by Himalayan standards and not really snowy by Winter measures, but seeing them every day as part of the landscape is a new pleasure. The mountains dominate the old town […]

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Cangshan Mountains: a brisk wander in to the Chinese wilderness

Towering above Dali are the moody mountains of Cangshan; at a height of over 4,000 metres they are dusted with snow, often heavy with threatening clouds and sometimes jagged against a moon lit night. Such are the mountains in Winter. We wanted to walk amongst the freshness of the pine trees, taste the glacial fed […]

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Bring on the night: Dali by moon light

One of the things that’s easy to love about living in Dali is the way the atmosphere is transformed by night. As the sun sets behind the mountains and the moon reflects above the lake, the town is illuminated anew; in a Chinese red lantern fantasy kind of way. With the full moon on the […]

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Photo dump: Chinese people watching

With a sneaky long lens I took to the streets of Dali. I wanted to try and capture some of the interesting and beautiful people we pass daily. From the old faces that sit around outdoor tables playing mahjong, to the well earned wrinkles at the central food market, the routine of Chinese life is abundantly […]

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Nesting at Mama Naxi’s

Not since March last year, when we lived in the sweaty Amazon jungle, have we completely unpacked our bags. But the time has come to shake out the dirt and find a place for our few exhausted possessions; let ourselves think we might be ‘home’ for a while. And it feels great. The Hostel is […]

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Reflecting on the tradition of a Bai funeral

The town of Dali is home to the largest population of Bai people in the world, one of the 56 ethnic minorities living throughout China. As a people with specific traditional clothes, regional cuisine, a different language, elaborate arts and crafts, as well as a unique perspective on spirituality, I was very curious to understand […]

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Falling in love with our new Chinese home of Dali

After more than a year and a half on the road, it took us less than a day, fresh off the train from the bustle of Kunming City, to feel our bodies and minds react to the beauty and vibe of Dali. We wanted to stay. Bad. As a touristy small town, popular with Chinese […]

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Dazed, amused and a little disgusted on Planet China

Stopping in a city of over 6 million people, after the tranquility of rural China, can only be compared to stepping inside a thumping disco after a day of gardening. Kunming is crowded, developing faster than a child genius on growth hormones, and showing no sign of stopping it’s catapult in to full blown consumerism. […]

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