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Beijing »
The capital of the People's Republic of China, Beijing is a city where historical and modern China meet. It's full of national buildings and monuments, such as the Forbidden City, the best preserved ancient buildings in China.
The Great Wall »
Known to the Chinese as the 'Li Wall', the Great Wall dates back to the Qin dynasty (221 - 207 BC), when construction was started. We walked along the wall on a misty day, 10 km from a town called Jinshaling to another called Simatai.
Longmen Shiku »
More than 100,000 images and statues of Buddha and his disciples are carved into the cliff walls on the banks of the Yi He River, near Luoyang. This Buddhist cave art dates back to 494 AD and was built during the Northern Wei dynasty.
Shaolin Si »
The legendary birthplace of Kung Fu, Shaolin Si is a huge tourist attraction these days. In the hills surrounding the Shaolin temple, there are more temples, less famous, but still associated with Kung Fu. I saw a lot of Indian influence.
Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve »
In Northern Sichuan, Jiuzhaigou is located within the border of the Aba Autonomous Prefecture of Tibet and Qiang minorities. The scenery is out of this world, with deep forests, clear turquoise lakes, snow capped mountains, waterfalls, and Tibetan villages.
Songpan Horse Trek »
Songpan, little more than a 'one horse town', is located in Northern Sichuan amidst dark forests, velveteen hills, emerald fields, gemstone lakes, rambling rivers, snowy mountains, and Tibetan villages... A horse trek is the best way to see it all.
Chengdu »
The capital city of Sichuan, Chengdu is home to more than 11 million people with bustling streets and an intriguing mix of old and new China. The city is often used as a base to explore other parts of Sichuan, but there's plenty to do here as well.
Emei Shan »
One of the four sacred buddhist mountains of the Middle Kingdom, Emei Shan reaches high into the clouds and is dotted with monasteries and temples where hikers and pilgrims can stay overnight. Emei is green, lush, wet, misty... with millions of stairs!
Lijiang »
A city of more than 800 years, Lijiang is a maze of narrow stone-paved streets, criss-crossed by streams from the Jade River, with snowcapped mountains as a backdrop. The city is a tourist town, well known for the Naxi minority who live here.
Zhongdian »
Zhongdian, also called Shangri La, is largely Tibetan in culture with its location near the Tibet border. In mid June, Zhongdian plays host to a horse racing festival – we were lucky enough to be in town on this weekend for the festivities.
Tiger Leaping Gorge Hike »
Tiger Leaping is one of the deepest gorges in the world... with a trail, high above, that offers breathtaking views of the Haba Snow Mountains and a glimpse of life in villages tucked into the hillsides. The hike is 25 km -- a 2 day journey for most.
Dali »
Dali, a few hours south of Lijiang in the Yunnan Province, is little more than a tourist town these days. About 20 minutes from town, the Wu Wei monastery offers intensive Gong Fu training in the rustic (if not primitive) setting of the temple grounds.
  Yangshuo »
The karst landscape of Yangshuo is like something out of Dr. Seuss' imagination, with limestone pinnacles rising out of fields and rivers. It's a good place for biking and boat rides... or to just chill out.
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Hong Kong, the Yangtze River Cruise, Chengdu ~ October 2006
© 2005, Cheryn Flanagan