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Look Closer at China… by Lego?: Spring Lantern Festival

Yuanxiaojie, the Lantern Festival, marks the end of the Chinese New Year / Spring Festival time. This year, there was no way for me to be there –…

Suddenly Tibet: Shangri-la in Yunnan

Lijiang is known as something of a tourist trap (although, there’s something to be said for it), but if you are a cynic, Shangri-la takes the cake when…

Dali, Yunnan: Bai Kingdom between Mountains and Lake

Dali is one of those towns on the Tea-Horse Road which are quickly visited, somehow enjoyed – and hardly ever explored enough.

Tourism and Tradition along the Tea Horse Road in Yunnan

Yunnan is one of China’s most diverse and distant provinces. And it has become one of China’s major tourist destinations. One of its main draws are cities along…

Impressions from Nixi, Tibetan Sichuan – Golden Chilli, Black Ceramics, Tough Landscape

From Xianggelila (Shangri-la) in Yunnan, a colleague and I quickly headed onto the road towards Lhasa, on the search for a special kind of chilli…

Paying Respects to Joseph Rock in Yuhu Village

When we look back at the history of travelers, we soon get to explorers – and oddballs. We feel that we are living in strange times, seek adventure…

Lijiang, Yunnan: Come for the Love, Stay for the Suicide

“Oh, you’re going to Lijiang? Did you hear about the couple who committed suicide?” the taxi driver in Kunming had asked. [Content warning, obv: This post will focus…

The Loushan Warrior Race in Zunyi, Guizhou: My Most Successful DNF

No story of a foreigner’s grand win at a local Chinese race from me. At the Loushan Warrior Race, I “only” managed 32 of 55 km. It was…

Running the Chengdu Marathon

The Chengdu Marathon is in talks to become a seventh Abbott World Marathon Majors race; I’m unlikely to get into too many of the existing ones and unwilling…