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      Monthly Archives: March 2008

      Finding the “real” China

      By the way, this is a sleeper bus (I just wanted to put this picture in here): If one wants to find something other than a bunch of foreign tourists […]

      Oh My Gosh! Pandas!

      We left early this morning in a mini-van with three other people (one being a girl we had met previously in Lijiang), destined for the Chengdu Panda Research Base where […]

      Chengdu Sichuan Opera!

      Our plans to take the “back door” route (North then East) along the Tibet border to Chengdu were cancelled due to “snow blocking the roads” (read: government shut-down because of […]

      Finding Shangri-la

      March 16-21 For me Shangri-la was just like what it should be: a land wrapped in mountains with mysterious people and ways and beautiful high plains. The old town in […]

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      Deqin, the border of Tibet

      We decided to head for Dequin, on the border of Tibet and China proper, to do a few days worth of trekking. We had heard that the road was scary […]

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      Trekking Tiger Leaping Gorge!

      March 15-16 Our bus to the start of the Tiger Leaping Gorge hike left late and took a little longer than the three hours it was supposed to, so after […]

      Lijiang Old Town

      March 13-14 Sam and I took a supposedly 12 hour overnight bus from Kunming to Lijiang, which of course didn’t take the full 12 hours so arrived in Lijiang while […]

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      Big City Lights

      Jiang Shui and Kunming March 8- March 12 We left Yuanyang the following morning for the town of Jiang Shui. The ride was again gorgeous, passing huge dropoffs and beautiful […]

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      Rice Terrace Photo Safari

      After the tremendous success of our first day in China we never thought that day #2 would be as good, but it turns out we were wrong. After getting up […]

      I love China!

      > Today, our first full day in China, was an absolutely fantastic, unrealistic day. We slept in to try and recover from the last few days of having to get […]

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