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

Kunming Dianchi Lake – Xishan Scenic Area

On the shores of the famous Dianchi Lake near Kunming stands the forest-covered Xishan Mountain. After spending the morning exploring the Daguan Pavilion Park and Yunnan Nationalities Village, this was an opportunity to visit a bit of nature - although travelling with a young child meant we were unable to do any of the longer … Continue reading Kunming Dianchi Lake – Xishan Scenic Area

Hiking Taishan

One of the most sacred mountains in China, Taishan has more recently become a tourist hotspot - attracting visitors from all over China and abroad. I made the last minute decision to move on from the rather expensive city of Chengde and took an overnight train to Taishan, which even has its own train station. … Continue reading Hiking Taishan

Sledgehammer Peak National Forest Park Scenic Area

After spending half an hour or so exploring the lovely Pule Temple, we walked up the path behind it into the Sledgehammer Peak Scenic Area. This is essentially a large, forest-covered hill with an unusually shaped rock at the top, apparently a great spot to enjoy the sunset. There is apparently a cable car to … Continue reading Sledgehammer Peak National Forest Park Scenic Area

Juyongguan Great Wall

This highly restored section of the Great Wall is popular with tour groups, probably due to its close proximity to Beijing. It forms a circular route in and around a ravine, with beautiful scenery on all sides.I chose to walk the western half of the route, which seemed to be much less popular (and hence … Continue reading Juyongguan Great Wall