Crazy China Caught on Camera - 您好/ Ni hao / Hello - For the last three weeks, we've been road-tripping via the less-trodden path from Kunming in South Yunnan (you'll remember this as TV-2Ladders) to Chengdu in West Sichuan (this is where baby pandas live), via Lijiang, Shangri-La, Kangding, Tagong and DanBa. The Chinese government decided to close parts of the Kham region to foreigners ("politics"), meaning we couldn't do our planned overland loop from Shangri-La east through Litang to Chengdu. But we beat them at their own game by going the other way, heading west out of Chengdu and looping back again (still following all of this!?). In short, we clocked up about 100 hours of bus time but did it across the Kham regions of Yunnan and Sechuan (basically Tibet but on the China side of the border) so we've already got a taste of what's to come when we head to Tibet real. And it's pretty damn beautiful.
Despite the fact that we weren't originally meant to come here (we were going to head to Tibet via Hong Kong and Beijing), we've had the best three weeks of our trip so far. Not your typical holiday destination, we've been trekking out for miles across the Tagong Grasslands to stay in a tent with a Khampa Nomad family (and their 19 sleeping baby yaks), to taking in the inspiring scenery of Tiger Leaping Gorge, to learning traditional Chinese dance in Kunming's Green Lake Park, to partying in a weird Chinese club, to white-knuckle travelling in a mini-van of seven crazy Koreans who had never seen mountains before.
We've uploaded some of our pictures to tell the story of our crazy Chinese journey better than we could in words and we've even made the effort to add proper descriptions of the photos on this album, as 'Another Yak' didn't quite do it justice. 谢谢 / Xiexie / Thank you.