Holy mountain hopping (Yubeng) 

Coming from the sacred mountain area, I visited the holy Meili snow mountains (梅里雪山) in Déqin (Déqen, Dechen, 德钦) Northern Yunnan. This place is close to Tibet, Sichuan and not too far from Myanmar.  At 6740m, it’s Yunnan Province’s highest peak and straddles the Yunnan-Tibet boarder. The city Déqin is the last stop before climbing the…

4700m up in the sky

At a dizzying altitude of 3,886m Litáng (理塘), is one of the highest settlements on earth.  Litángs scenery leaves you breathless. For Tibetans, Litáng occupies an exalted space as the birthplace of holy men, including the seventh and 10th Dalai Lamas and many revered Lamas. Their birthplace and the towns large monastery draw devoted pilgrims…

Eastern Himalaya 

Next stop was Kangding (康定), the capital of the Garzê Tibetan autonomous prefecture (still in Sichuan province).  Set in a steep valley at the confluence of the raging Zheduo and Yala rivers, Kangding offers an easy introduction to Tibetan culture and elevations above 2,500m. Kangding has long stood as a trading centre between Tibetan and…

The biggest Buddha in the world 

With fingernails larger than the average human, the world’s largest ancient Buddha draws plenty of tourists to the relaxed riverside town of Leshan (乐山,translates to happy mountain). The 1,200 year old grand Buddha sits in repose, carved from a cliff face overlooking the confluence of three busy rivers: the Dadu, Min and Qingyi. The Buddhist…

The holy mountain Emei Shan 

Next stop was Dujiangyan (都江堰). It’s only 60km northwest of Chengdu and it offers two UNESCO world heritage sites.  The Qingchéng Shan is most notably famous as the birthplace of Taoism. It offers the chance to hike through misty forests past cascading waterfalls and ancient Temples with views back down to Chengdu. It has been…

The Paradise on Earth 

With a population of 14 million people, Chengdu (成都) is the capital and the heart of Sichuan Province. The city itself is flat, with no distinguishing natural features. The weather is grey, hazy and super humid in the summer. However, the relaxing teahouse culture, the lively nightlife, the Panda reservoir, the snacks, and the great…

Sōngpan and Huánglóng Park 

The historic town Sōngpan, (松潘) in 3000m above sea level was a trading centre in the early times and now serves as a nice spot with a lovely old town.  The village is in the middle of the mountains and you can find the Guanyin temple in the hills: Climbing up the mountain, you will…