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The Friday Photo: Yi Lady Smoking


We met this lady from the Yi tribal minority catching the cable car up to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, outside Lijiang, China, to tend to her yaks. I don’t know her first name, which elderly Chinese don’t like to give out, but she did tell me that she is 76 years old and has five […]


The Friday Photo: Autumn Wildflowers in Tiger Leaping Gorge

Wildflowers Tiger Leaping Gorge

Trekking the world’s deepest gorge in mid-October, pushing two miles above sea level, you don’t expect to see wildflowers. But in Tiger Leaping Gorge, in northern Yunnan, China, not far from the old border with Tibet, we saw millions. I loved these tired, tatty flowers drooping their blue heads. This splash of hot pink amid […]


Oh James! I'm Sorry About the Jade!

Jade laughing Buddha pendant in Lijiang Old Town, Yunnan, China.

James is bookish, bespectacled, educated in Kunming and Chiang Mai, a walking encyclopedia of Chinese history and culture. He’s thirty, with a three-year-old son, yet old enough to remember the days when: “All I wanted when I grew up was to be rich enough to eat meat once a month…” For us, children of the […]


The Friday Photo: Black Dragon Pool


This is Black Dragon Pool, one of the most tranquil places in beautiful Lijiang, China. It was built as a pleasure garden for the feudal ruler’s wives and on clear days you can see all the way across to the unconquered 6000m peak of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The dragon of the name is the […]


The Prettiest Town We’ve Ever Visited

Lijiang Lead Image

Ever heard of Lijiang? It’s an old town in northern Yunnan, in what was once the Dali Kingdom, the fought-over hinterland between China and Tibet. Curved eave buildings topple up narrow alleys towards a Qing dynasty pagoda. Willows and flowers drip over its narrow canals, crossed by slender bridges. There’s a reason they call it […]