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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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)

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

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)

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

Shanhaiguan City Wall – Yingen Tower

Early in my first morning at Shanhaiguan, I wandered to the western portion of the city wall to explore the Yingen Tower. Sadly I was actually too early to climb up the tower (although see below for a sneaky photo through the railings...) but instead enjoyed a lovely walk along the outside of the city … Continue reading Shanhaiguan City Wall – Yingen Tower

Where the Great Wall meets the sea

Top of every traveller to China's bucket list is the Great Wall, and it evokes such strong emotions as you learn about the history, battles (actually not so many of those as it turns out...) and decline of this amazing feat of human engineering. There are various popular sites to visit the wall, from Badaling … Continue reading Where the Great Wall meets the sea