Shilin or “Stone Forest”: My Yunnan Trip #20

The final destination of our Yunnan Trip is Shilin, or Stone Forest.  It is one of the “must see” sites,  if you go to Yunnan.  See the video and the pictures I took, and you will agree with me. Here’s a short description of Shilin, from the Wikipedia: The Stone Forest or Shilin (Chinese: 石林;…

The Ganges River – a Place of Life and Death

Thanks to my friend Rebecca’s recent post on  The River Goddess, I remember I did some exploration on the Ganges River a year ago.  I was helping my sister in organizing her pictures in Shutterfly, and could not resist from going into an exploratory mood…to find out the importance of the Ganges River to the…

Sharing with you my recent Learning Experience in Publishing an e-book

  A blogger friend Michael Lai in response to my last post My third e-book: An Unforgettable Trip: Angkor Wat, Cambodia on this Blog, asked if I could share my learning experience in writing an e-book.  I am thrilled with this request, as Michael’s traveled everywhere around the world and his blog is always filled with high quality professional…

My third e-book: An Unforgettable Trip: Angkor Wat, Cambodia

I am happy to present to you a complete e-book this time, instead of one chapter only as in my two previous post.  The pictures and contents of this e-book have been published on this blog . You may say, that is easy then.  Unfortunately this is not the case.   As this includes 5…

The Naxi Minority in Yunnan – My Yunnan Trip # 16

As I mentioned in my post “My Yunnan Trip #1”, there are many minorities in Yunnan. I am particularly interested in the Naxi or Nakhi minority, because of their matriarch family structure, which is very different from the Han’s family structure in China. The Naxi people mostly live in the Naxi Autonomous County in Lijiang, Yunnan…

The Longest Couplets in the World – Daguan Park, Kunming, My Yunnan Trip #15

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daguan Park “Daguan Park, located in the southwestern suburb of Kunming City, is a lakeside park. Today many locals come to sit, drink tea, fly kites, and go boating. Among shady walks and pools, Daguan’s focal point is Daguan Ge, a square, three-storeyed pavilion built to better Kangxi‘s enjoyment of the distant Western Hills and now a storehouse of calligraphy extolling the area’s…

My Yunnan Trip #12 – Dali City, the Ancient Tea Route and the Bai Minority

“Dali City (Chinese: 大理市; pinyin: Dàlǐ shì; Bai: Darl•lit; Hani: Dafli) is a county-level city in the seat of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, northwestern Yunnan province of Southwest China. Dali is the ancient capital of both the Bai kingdom Nanzhao, which flourished in the area during the 8th and 9th centuries, and the Kingdom of Dali, which reigned from 937–1253. Situated in a once significantly Muslim part of South China, Dali was…

Lijiang, the cute little bungalow where we lived – My Yunnan Trip #10

This is the cute little bungalow where we lived in Lijiang. There was an attendant who made breakfast for us every morning.  We were a party of six who occupied one bungalow with three floors.  There were four rooms, each equipped like an individual hotel room.  The night scenery in the hotel compound was very…

Weekly Photo Challenge – “from above”- My Yunnan Trip #8

Koi Good Fortune, Success, Prosperity, Longevity, Courage, Ambition, and Perseverance   This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge – from above This picture was taken in a restaurant in Daly, Yunnan.  The restaurant had a big pond.  When I looked down, wow….so many koi! Have you ever seen so many koi?  I haven’t.  This was my first time! Enjoy the…

What did we eat in Yunnan? — My Yunnan Trip #7

Originally posted on FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
I just returned from a 9 days’ trip to Yunnan, China.  The trip was great, but not the food!  In fact, none of my previous China trips had food that satisfied me.  For some of my readers who don’t know,  I grew up in Hong Kong which has the…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture – My Yunnan Trip #2

This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture. I just came back from a 9 days’ trip to Yunnan, which is  “a province of the People’s Republic of China, located in the far southwest of the country spanning approximately 394,000 square kilometers (152,000 sq mi) and with a population of 45.7 million (2009). The capital of the province is Kunming. The…

Five or Six Maidens? The Porch of the Maidens in Athens, Greece

Please refer to my previous post which is reblogged from my friend Clanmother’s post The Philosopher who loved numbers.  When I saw her picture, I asked her when and where she took this picture.  She told me it was taken in May, 2011 at the Acropolis.  I said, I visited the same site in April, 2011…

Musical Instruments in Turkey and Xinjiang

This post was inspired by my blogger friend musiqdragonfly’s post on Bologna of Italy, a college town. As she has been particularly inspirational to me in her music posts, I would like to dedicate this post to her.  This is a picture that I took in 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey.  A gentleman was playing this musical instrument…