Category Archives: Yunnan

Yunnan Food, Part 2

I originally expected this trip in Yunnan to take me about a month: two weeks with Hyeongnim up to Shangri-la followed by two weeks back down to Laos. Dream on! It’s now been 56 days since I got back to … Continue reading

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Zhe4 shi4 bu2 shi4 si4 shi2 si4 shi2 shi1 zi?

Desperately trying to catch up on photos and stories from the past three weeks. Quick stop in Lijiang to rest up after my 150km day and to pick up some spare bike parts. This is Dong, yet another young Chinese … Continue reading

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A Day with the 49ers

Finally, it happened. One of those “bad things that hasn’t happened yet but is bound to happen eventually” that I listed way back in September after Mingyu and I had completed our first month on the road, getting away scot-free … Continue reading

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Retracing my Steps: Shangri-la to Lijiang

By the end of two weeks in Shangri-la, I had finished all my blog posts, gotten a sufficient amount of rest, waited out the cold, and even had a mini-birthday party. It was time to get back to my day … Continue reading

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Two weeks in Shangri-la (A Vacation from my Vacation)

When I started this trip, Shangri-la was not among my must-sees. Why not? Because I didn’t know it was a real place. Actually, I didn’t know that it was a fake place either. Confused? Me too. I think I had … Continue reading

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Scenes from a Tibetan Wedding

Hey look, you’ve been invited to tag along and take photos at a Tibetan Wedding. Score! Ready for some awesome outfits and spectacular headwear? These gentleman will kindly accept your (mandatory) donation. Mother of the Groom. M of the G … Continue reading

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Why I Came Back to China

That’s right, the answer is: FOOD! It’s not that Vietnam doesn’t have good food. It definitely does. Incredible fruit. Aromatic herbs. Cheap coconuts and avocados. Insane curries. Hanoi and Saigon have incredible expat food scenes. And yet, while cycling, I … Continue reading

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Travels with Hyeongnim 5: Tiger Leaping Gorge to Shangri-La

Oh, Yunnan, province of incomparable beauty! Your mountains can bring a cyclist to his knees; your vistas can bring him to tears; your winds can freeze those very tears to his face. Your fields offer boundless bounty, but your restaurants … Continue reading

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Travels with Hyeongnim 4: Yulongxueshan, Hutiaoxia

In which we leave the company of various Chinese friends for a week of great views, punishing climbs, and freeeeeeeeezing nights. We set off early in the morning, stopping with head lowered and tail between my knees at a pants … Continue reading

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Travels With Hyeongnim 3: to Lijiang

Out of Dali and on towards Lijiang, another ancient capital city, still in good/renovated shape, and much like Dali a major (perhaps the major) part of the tourist trail. Interestingly enough, there didn’t seem to even be a tourist trail … Continue reading

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