Lijiang – Black Dragon Pool

One of the main sights in Lijiang and situated just outside of the old town, the Black Dragon Pool is a beautiful scenic spot in a very convenient location. That does mean that it is very busy, but also worth a quick visit if you're in the area. The main highlight of the Black Dragon … Continue reading Lijiang – Black Dragon Pool

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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

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

Kunming – Daguan Park

This beautiful, peaceful park in the suburbs of Kunming is a lovely spot to wander around and relax. The park is centred around the Daguan Pavilion, the square in front of which appears to be a popular exercise spot for locals. The remainder of the park surrounds a beautiful lake area, which was full of … Continue reading Kunming – Daguan Park

Kunming – Jiuxiang Scenic Area (九乡风景区)

After a quick visit to the famous Stone Forest, we headed over to the Jiuxiang Scenic Area - another must-see sight in Kunming. This large scenic area is famous for its incredible caves, valleys and rivers carving around the dramatic mountains. I have to admit, I wasn't massively overwhelmed and some areas felt a little … Continue reading Kunming – Jiuxiang Scenic Area (九乡风景区)

Hong Kong – Hiking the Peak

While most tourists take the Peak Tram up to the top, take some photos then return to the city, or at the most walk along the Peak Circle Trail, we decided that hiking all the way up would be more enjoyable, not to mention cheaper. I've taken the tram up before in the past, and although … Continue reading Hong Kong – Hiking the Peak