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2013 Travels: #25 Paradise In Blue

In 2013 Travels,Asia,China,Photography,Travel on November 9, 2013 by eongxien Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

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50 Shades of Blue

The clear blue skies and clear turqoise water. Those were what I was looking for when I headed to Lugu Lake (泸沽湖), an alpine lake sitting at an elevation of 2600+m above sea level and is the highest lake in Yunnan province.  Read More »

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2013 Travels: #24 Lijiang Old Town

In 2013 Travels,Asia,China,Photography,Travel on November 7, 2013 by eongxien Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

Lijiang Old Town At Night

Lijiang Old Town At Night

Let me get this off my chest first – Lijiang (丽江) was a disappointment. A huge, huge disappointment.

The ancient town in Lijiang is supposed to be one of the most beautiful and well-preseved old towns in China. The old buildings with wooden exteriors and winding roads made of cobblestones remain relatively untouched since its heydays. And with a history of over 800 years, the old towns were inducted into the UNESCO Heritage Site list in the year 1997. So, how did someting so promising on paper go so wrong?

Two words. Mass tourism.

Actually, make that 3: Chinese mass tourism. Read More »

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2013 Travels: #23 Tiger Leaping Gorge

In 2013 Travels,Asia,China,Photography,Travel on November 5, 2013 by eongxien Tagged: , , , , , , , , ,

Middle Leaping Gorge

At the Base of the Tiger Leaping Gorge

Southwest China is full of beautiful landscapes and hiking opportunities. Yunnan province (云南), translated as Southern Clouds had its name was derived from its geographical location in the mountainous region. It borders neighbouring countries Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Tibet (Shhh… don’t tell any Chinese official I said that.) It is known for its snow mountains, postcard-eque lakes, deep rivers and gorges, as well as well-preserved ancient cities.

I don’t consider myself as a serious hiker but I planned a few hikes for my trip. Tiger Leaping Gorge (虎跳峡), near Lijiang was my first test. Legend has it that it was at this gorge that a tiger, running away from his captors leapt acrossed the river and thus escaping successfully. Beau and Rob, whom I met at Kunming were planning to hike Tiger Leaping Gorge a day before me. However, since they missed the bus to TGL, they invited me to tag along.

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2013 Travels: #22 Taxi Drivers Know Everything

In 2013 Travels,Asia,China,Photography,Travel on October 29, 2013 by eongxien Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

At the Green Lake Park (翠湖公园)

The Serene and Peaceful Green Lake Park (翠湖公园)

There is a common cliché that claims taxi drivers of all corners of the world know everything. They are well-read, often updated on the local happenings and could talk politics for all night. But of all places, I never expected to discuss Malaysian politics with a taxi driver here in Kunming, Yunnan.

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2013 Travels: #21 Back to 1984?

In 2013 Travels,Asia,China,Photography,Travel on October 27, 2013 by eongxien Tagged: , , , , , , ,

On Transit to the Capital of Yunnan, Kunming

On Transit to the Capital of Yunnan, Kunming

Speak of China and we might be reminded of its authoritarian government, its communist past and its relative isolation from the rest of the world. We might also think about its economic boom of the last 2 decades as well as the increased in wealth of the middle class. Speaking of its people, I’m sure you’re well aware of the stereotypical Chinese  caricature and their infamous behaviour. Let’s not even go there.

My trip to China this year wasn’t my first. In fact, I’ve been there twice. The first was with my family to the Psuedo-Siberian state of Harbin during Chinese New Year. Memories of that trip were vague other than the feeling of freezing right down to my balls. Bad experience and didn’t warm (Pun intended, heh heh) me up to the country. Then last year, my girlfriend went to Guilin and Yangshuo, where thankfully we had much better memories to bring home with. Read More »

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Yangshuo 阳朔

In Asia,China,Film,Photography,Travel on November 5, 2012 by eongxien Tagged: , , , , , , ,

Highly popular in traveller’s itineraries is the small town of Yangshuo 阳朔, situated 70km down south of Guilin. While many travellers opt to take a river cruise through Li River from Guilin, Megasari and I decided to take the 1 1/2-hour bus trip.

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Guilin 桂林

In Asia,China,Film,Photography,Travel on November 2, 2012 by eongxien Tagged: , , , , , , ,

The northern part of Guangxi province, China is well known for its scenic spots and karst landscapes. In the heart of the region is the scenic town of Guilin 桂林, a city – like other major ones in China – that has seen rapid development in recent years. Whilst it’s no match for its elder metropolitan siblings such as Beijing and Shanghai, Guilin has strived on tourism as thousands of travellers flock to this region every year. With its Liangjiang International Airport, railway and bus stations, Guilin is as connected to other Chinese cities as it is to various international hubs in Asia. Ironically though, travellers arrive at Guilin as a temporary stop, before heading to its neighbouring towns for sightseeing. It isn’t hard to see why, as even though Guilin’s public transportation is well-developed (Local buses are available in torrents), attractions here are overpriced while the city area is slowly being modernized and over-populated. It is not what tourists came to Guangxi to see.

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