A new chapter begins

Two years I’m in China now. My Chinese improved, my friends circle grew and I learnt a lot during this period of time. I just got awarded the Master degree of the Xiamen University and look back at 2 beautiful years getting to know awesome people from all over the world It’s time to to…

, visiting 9 Provinces in the following sequence: Inner Mongolia Ningxia Gansu Xinjiang Qinghai Sichuan Yunnan Guizhou Guangxi If you ask me for my favorite place during my journey, I can’t really decide because each province has its distinct specialties. Xinjiang Province was like a journey to the middle east, Gansu was like a journey…

Sanjiang: Do as the locals do

Riverside Sanjiang (三江)  town is a rather nondescript place in itself, but it’s a convenient springboard to the heavenly Dong villages and their architectural wonders in this area. The grandest of over 100 nail-less wind-and-rain bridges in the area, this photogenic black-and-white structure (78m) was built from cedar and stone over 12 years in the…

The drum towers of Zhaoxing

Zhaoxing (肇兴) has emerged from its stunning natural seclusion as a drawcard for visitors looking to experience life in a Dong minority village. The traditional wooden housing is overshadowed only by the ‘wind and rain’ bridges, reminiscent of a fantasy epic. Then there are the five drum towers that call forth generations of ritual and…

Basha, Guizhou: the laid-back village

Visiting Basha (岜沙) is like stepping back in time to the Tang or Song eras. Getting to the village is quite troublesome, since (especially off-season) there’s only a few tourists visiting the laid-back spot and no buses run there at all. So flagging down a motorbike is the option here, which works pretty smoothly in…

Xijiang, Eastern Guizhou

Next stop was Xijang (西江千户苗寨), still in eastern Guizhou, a little south of Zhenyuan. With a population of only 5,000 people village, tucked away in the undulating greenery of the Leigong mountain. However, it’s the largest village of the Miao Minority in the world. 1,200 wooden houses, rice paddies around the small village, sidestepping farmers…

Zhenyuan, Eastern Guizhou

With a population of 60,000 people, Zhenyuan (镇远) is worth a visit if you go to Guizhou due to its high density of historical sights, charming scenery among mountains and a nice river as well as a nice old town and great scenery at night. I arrived late at night and since I traveled off…