China – Tiger Leaping Gorge, THE hike

It had been over a year that I had been thinking of hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge and then one sunny morning with the snow-capped Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in the background we were there. I had the impression that this hike wouldn’t be too arduous therefore, feeling comfortable, we took no guide as the route seemed […]

Chi Lin and Nan Lian: a different Hong Kong

I have often heard people say that once you have seen Victoria Peak there is not much more to see in Hong Kong. It’s not true and here are at least two reasons why –  the Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian garden, sitting next to each other, on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. […]

China – Shaxi: off the beaten track paradise

Is it still possible to visit beautiful places in China without being disturbed by crowds of tourists? Yes it is and Shaxi in Yunnan is one of these places. Shaxi is conveniently located halfway between Dali and Lijiang, so off the beaten path… for the moment at least (a highway is on the way!). The […]