Wonders Of Yunnan Travel

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Having it called out probably means you call out one of ten in order to hide nine,

Me got shocked - around five years ago - when Jack Ma announced the idea of some kind of home kit tool (do it yourself) for testing pollution to sell on alibaba, He talked about the right for this knowledge etc.

The was like when Dylan picked up the electric guitar - wohoo - what the h-ll this drama can bring about.

Well, havent heard of it ever since. Strange. Jack Ma ...... heh. Dig the rest up yourself.

Weren't there two in Huang tu po and didn't the bigger, more interesting one close ages ago? Or is my memory playing tricks? I went to the littler one fairly recently. Stuff was mainly formica as usual. Whatever - the blanding of the world continues. Another step forward for civilization.

Great article Luke, and thank for the detailed write-up.

We actually did a different version of the Yading Kora (~80KM, beginning from Xianggelila Town) last month, and your article brought back fond memories. I would agree that the hike is beyond spectacular, but physically very challenging, especially for those that don't hire pack animals.

We found lots of evidence of that 200-person group on our hike, mostly in the form of garbage and discarded personal items. Sadly, the 'amphitheater' campsite was still a disgusting mess a month after the fact, and you were correct in suspecting that they had merely stashed unwanted items in the stone house and under rocks at the campsite beside wisdom lake. I took 10 completely unused cans of gas and stuff sack in great condtion with me. I found two brand new boots (not from the same pair, alas) along the hike and would have taken them with me if I could have found their counterparts...I think you were right to confront them, and would have done the same if I were in your position.

I have done a lot of hiking in western China, and have mixed feelings about the 景区化 of the wilderness here. On the one hand, I feel like it keeps the majority of tourists to the front-country, which minimizes the impact (and garbage!) in the back-country. On the other hand, it promotes the attitude that nature can only be experienced along paved footpaths and that there's no need to practice LNT ethics, because there will always be an army of peasants not far behind who will be paid to pick up ones trash.

As for the Yading Scenic area, frankly, I couldn't disagree more with your assessment. The fact that the Yading area is free of garbage has nothing to do with eduction and more to do with the army of Tibetan peasants which are paid to pick up and haul out bags of garbage continuously. We passed hundreds (if not more) tourists as we made our way back to civilization, and the majority of them had huge bags filled with instant noodles, disposable plastic bottles, disposable hand warmers, and multiple cans of oxygen, which would have been comical if it wasnt so pathetic. The amount of trash that is generated each day there is horrific.

As for the motivation of the development company that leases the park from the government, their motives are from benign. The sheep that you saw were introduced by them to make the area more appealing to tourists (under the pretense of promoting biodiversity). When we finished the hike, we were exhausted, and decided to just pay the extortionate 50yuan for the 6KM golf cart ride to the park entrance. We were told that we would have to also buy seats for our backpacks, at which point we just lauged and decided to walk. This 'trail' was a visually aweful and physically uncomfortable steel-grate platform that wouldn't have been out of place at a slaughtherhouse. My partner and I joked that it was a punishment for those that didn't want to fork over the 50CNY for the golf cart, because I couldn't imagine anyone "hiking" that section for pleasure. (Sure enough, we encountered noone). As for the gondola, rest assured that they would build one if it were practical or economically feasible, and I dont think it can be ruled out, given how much money they are pumping into tour group infrastructure.

I'm sorry to be so negative, because I think it distracts from the beauty of the area and your experience. I would highly recommend this hike to anyone looking for an adventure or an escape:)

@Ocean, now that's old school.

Kunming's ubiquitous Jiang Brothers' (江勇 & 江俊) "Qiaoxiangyuan" cross-bridge rice noodles restaurant chain origin and breakup saga deserves it's own featured article.

At an early age, the brothers began their enterprise after working in the Mengzi railway for two years.

When I worked for a year at Mengzi Teacher's College in 1996 we used to go into town by horse and cart. Returning a decade later it was taxis only and my old College had been swallowed up by the huge HongHe University. Such is progress in Chinese.

You can also take a train from Bangkok to the Cambodian border and a bus or 20-30 USD taxi from the border to Siem Reap.

My wife and I took the train, and it was quite lovely, you are rolling through the Thai jungle for most of the journey. I generally find that train>>>>bus.

I guess it depends on your circumstances. Not to downplay Dali and Lijiang, but if this is your one and only chance to see Angkor, you have to go there.

Hi my partner and I are looking at either yunnan (Dali, Lijiang) or siem reap (Ang Kor Wat). Which one would you recommend and for how long? If we have only 5 days which place would you recommend? We are looking to travel relatively comfortably. Thank you.

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