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The low down and dirty on Chinese toilets

When Andres and I were living in China we befriended an American scientist with a healthy dose of wanderlust. He’s been travelling throughout Asia for a while before he buckles down to do his PhD. Along the way he’s been writing about his journey and recently shared a story that was too funny, and way […]


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Hiking in to the sky along Tiger Leaping Gorge

Some people say Tiger Leaping Gorge is the world’s deepest river canyon, we say it’s a spectacular place to spend a few days hiking. With the Yangzte River cutting it’s icy way through some serious mountains, the higher you go, the more the river rewards you with it’s vindictive perspective. Starting close to the river […]


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Naxi: the all singing, all dancing, nature loving people of China

Luckyily for us, we happened to arrive in Lijiang during the Naxi celebrations to their God of Water – Shu. Every year in January they hold ceremonies to worship nature, as they believe strongly in the value of water as the source of life; keeping their local river systems clean, living in harmony nearby water […]


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Lijiang: where old and new worlds butt heads

With a history of over 800 years, a unique cultural blend of ethnic minorities, a killer mountain backdrop and UNESCO heritage listed architecture, Lijiang is not only popular among Chinese tourists, it’s in danger of being loved to death. Sure, it’s beautiful, and if you focus on the details and wander away from the irritating […]


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Hot Spring chill out – Chinese style

You’d be forgiven for thinking this looks like a frolicky Chinese Summer scene; even though it’s still freezing outside, according to my temperature gauge anyway ( a brisk Spring variable of 0-14 degrees Celsius) it isn’t exactly the climate for bathing. These people are making the most of one of Dali’s best assets – an […]


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How to drink Baijiu like a Chinaman

It was Australia Day, we felt it was our National duty to hunt down other Australians, dig up our inner bogan, subject other travellers to horrible renditions of Aussie Rock and drink too much beer. Disregarding the true importance of Australia’s National Holiday, like the majority of Australians, and treating it as a good excuse […]


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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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