China 2016 – Same, same but so different ! (13) : Red soils

Uninvited to the party : clouds and fog spoil the 24 hours spent in the Luoxiagou valley. Too bad for our last visit to a Yunnan hot spot. Anyway, we had a glance at the red soils : great views and colors for sure !

Key persons : Zhu Yalin or Julie as guide and Xu Dong as driver
Key words : Red soils, Dongchuan, Luoxiagou valley, Dongchuan Shanju Hotel,

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Sunrise over Dongchuan
Sunrise over Dongchuan

Sunrise over Dongchuan
Sunrise over Dongchuan

China 2016 – Same, same but so different ! (12) : Jianshui

After travelling among « minorities » villages and town, Jianshui is there to remind us Confucius, the Han « majority » and typical Chinese architecture.
In Chaoyang Archway, we discover a gallery of pictures taken by a french photographer Auguste François. Surprise for us. Wikipedia tells us more about a very interesting character : « Auguste François, (20 August 1857 – 4 July 1935) was a French consul in southern China between 1896 and 1904, first in Longzhou in Guangxi province and Kunming in Yunnan. In China, he is known as 方苏雅 (Fang Suya).
He undertook several exploration trips on major rivers and in eastern Tibet. He extensively photographed places and people, from officials to labourers and actors.
In retirement, he wrote texts elucidating his images. François’s work has been an invaluable means of documenting China’s state palaces in the last decade of the empire. His photography is the earliest, largest and most extensive and complete collection of photographs documenting Chinese society at the end of the Qing Dynasty. Armed with what was then state-of-the-art photographic and cinematic equipment, François traveled extensively throughout southern China and eventually followed the Yangtze from Yunnan to its terminus in Shanghai. His photographs are some of the earliest and most thorough photographic records of China and the motion pictures he took are thought to be the earliest motion pictures taken in China. »

Key persons : Zhu Yalin or Julie as guide and Xu Dong as driver
Key words : Jianshui Confucius Temple, Jianshui Zhu’s family house, Jianshui Lin’an Hotel, Chaoyang Archway, Auguste François

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China 2016 – Same, same but so different ! (11) : Yuanyang Rice Terrace

No luck : rain and fog are the special and unwelcomed guests of the 24 hours spent in one of the « hot spot » of Yunnan. We will have to come back…

Key persons : Zhu Yalin or Julie as guide and Xu Dong as driver
Key words : Yuanyang Rice Terrace, Yunnan, Hani people, Yi people, Huawowo Inn, Laohuzui, Yuanyang

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Yuanyang rice terraces
Yuanyang rice terraces


China 2016 – Same, same but so different ! ( 9 ) : The Stone Forest

The Stone Forest : A Unesco world heritage site. Beautiful place to see with its skyrocketing rocks and views. A perfect fix by the chineses authorities.

Key persons : Zhu Yalin our new guide and Xu Dong, driver
Key words : Stone Forest, UNESCO site,

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Stone Forest entrance

A very popular spot !
A very popular spot !


China 2016 : Same, same but so different ! (part 8 : Along the Yangtze river )

The Yangzi Jiang has plenty of different names : Yangtsé or Yangtze, Blue river, Bri Chu in tibetan. It is the longest of Asia with 6.300 kms.
Born in the Tibetan mountains, it has rythmed local lives for centuries : fantastic border line, always ready to get out of its bed and flood around, great provider of fresh fishes, natural transit water way, natural fertilizer, water supplier for the corn and rice crops etc.
An impressive moment to drive along the Yangtze. Lucky, we ended up in two different villages (Dahheng village) where local tibetan dances where under way. Two rares moments.

Key persons : Kelsang, our tibetan guide from Lhasa and Mr Zhao, our driver since 6 days
Key words : Shangri-La, Zhongdian, Yangtze, Tiger Leaping gorge

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