The biggest waterfall in China 

Next stop on my journey was China’s biggest waterfall, the Huangguoshu Falls (黄果树大瀑布), which translates to yellow fruit tree falls. The waterfall is part of a big national park, containing many cascades, walking trails and stunning views. The 77.8m tall, 81m wide big waterfall is the number one attraction in Guizhou Province. Can you see…

Luguhu: The Kingdom of Women 

Next stop was the Lugu Lake (泸沽湖). Strafing the remote Yunnan-Sichuan border, Lugu Lake is an absolute idyllic place. The ascent to the lake, which sits at 2690m, is via spectacular switchback Roane and the first sight of the 50km² body of water, surrounded by lushly forested slopes, will take your breath away.  I arrived…

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…