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…

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…