Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (玉龙雪山)

Probably the most spectacular and disappointing spot I visited this summer, Jade Dragon Stone Mountain was both incredible and a massive let-down. It is a popular scenic spot a few hours drive from Lijiang in Yunnan Province. The mountain itself is part of the larger Yulong mountain range, which also forms one side of the … Continue reading Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (玉龙雪山)

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Puzhehei Face Washing Festival

One of our taxi drivers in Kunming recommended Puzhehei as a great day trip from Kunming, since at the time it was the annual Face Painting Festival (花脸节) of the local Sani people. This month-long festival starts in late July each year, and traditionally participants had their faces washed in the river before painting them … Continue reading Puzhehei Face Washing Festival

Yunnan Nationalities Village

This large open-air ethnographic museum displays model villages and culture of the 26 ethnic groups that make up the Yunnan population. It is laid out almost like a theme park, celebrating the different ways of life of the people - although to some this could be interpreted as touristifying minority cultures, which historically have been … Continue reading Yunnan Nationalities Village

Wang Family Courtyard

This traditional house museum contains several exhibitions on local culture and folklore, housed in a Ming/ Qing Dynasty style family home. Of particular interest was the traditional marriage room, decorated in red with ornate detailing, a small exhibition of shadow puppetry, and the larger artefacts dotted around the buildings - including this beautiful countryside cart. … Continue reading Wang Family Courtyard

Pule Temple

This lovely temple sits at the base of the Sledgehammer Peak Scenic Area, and is a lovely quiet spot off the main tourist track in Chengde. Built in 1766, the temple consists of two parts - the first a Han style courtyard and hall, while the rear of the temple was modelled after the Hall … Continue reading Pule Temple

Xumi Fushouzhi Temple (Temple of Sumeru Happiness and Longevity

Built in 1780 for the Panchen Lama (from Tibet), this temple combines Han, Tibetan and Mongolian features. It was intended as an imitation of the Tashihunpo Temple in Tibet, from where the Panchen Lama was coming from to visit Chengde for the Qianlong Emperor's 45th birthday. After walking through the entrance gate and past a … Continue reading Xumi Fushouzhi Temple (Temple of Sumeru Happiness and Longevity

Chengde – the Emperor’s Mountain Resort

Possible as a day or weekend trip from Beijing, Chengde's main attraction is the former mountain resort of the emperors. Built during the Qing dynasty, it is composed of a large imperial palace complex alongside administrative and religious buildings, set in extensive gardens around a beautiful lake. The main palace consists of a line of … Continue reading Chengde – the Emperor’s Mountain Resort