Inner Mongolia – How does it look like living in a yurt?

This post is in response to the readers of  Retireediary’s recent post Inner Mongolia and Shanxi .  His pictures of the Yurts have attracted many readers who are curious how the inside looks like.  I had visited Inner Mongolia few years ago.  My friend Link’s pictures are nice and include the inside look of the yurts where we…

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 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…

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…

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…