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Off To China For A Week

I am headed back to South West China for a week. I will be traveling back to Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge and Dongian (Eastern Tibet). Should be another great trip…..I won’t be able to post while in China since the places I am visiting are not likely to have a good internet connection, so I will see ya all in a week.

In the meantime, here is a nice shot from Burma…taken at Sunset.

Sunset

Back From Burma

Mrauk U was our destination

We avoided all of the touristy places…Bagan, Inle lake and Mandalay. Instead, we took a plane from Yangon to Sitwe, and then a 5 hour boat ride to Mrauk U. We saw only a handful of tourists there the entire time, and the temples were void of tourists and were untouched. The villages are still alive in the area and probably have not changed much in hundreds of years. A fantastic destination if you ever venture to Burma (Myanmar).

The place actually reminded me a bit of Angkor Wat in Cambodia 15 years ago…before the onslaught of millions of tourists. Dirt roads and empty temple sites. Just the way I like it. Before you know it, though, it will be discovered and “ruined” in a way losing it’s character.

I am still going through my photos…but have processed a few….here is one of my favorites so far….

Burma1B

Trips Coming Up

Burma Next Week

I am off to Burma (Myanmar) on Saturday for a week. I have not been to Burma yet. I keep planning a trip there, but something always comes up and I decide to go somewhere else. Since they have “opened” up, it is now time to go before the country changes too much. Tourists flocking to a country always changes things.

I am, believe it or not, skipping Bagan and Inle Lake….two of the most popular destinations in Burma. Why you ask? Well, there are thousands upon thousands of photos from ┬áBagan and Inle Lake. It would be difficult to top the best of these and to find something different from these two areas. So, my buddy and I decided to head to a more remote area in Burma that was closed to foreigners in the past. This area is supposed to be still void of tourists leave a handful. The temples in this area are still being used by the locals, and should provide me with some unique photo opportunities. It is not easy to get there, but I think it will be worth it. I can always return another time to see Bagan and Inle Lake.

Yunan Province, China in Early November

I am returning to China with a group of 20 students the first week of November. We will be visiting Kunming, Dali, Li Jiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge and Zhongdian. Really looking forward to returning to this area of China.

The photo below is from Zhongdian, which is actually Eastern Tibet. These old ladies were not too keen about me taking their photo, but the two old guys talked to them and got them to smile for me.

OldPeople

Anonymous - October 28, 2014 - 4:28 am

You have shared useful information about China. I really like it and I’ve appreciated your work effort. I’m a tourist and recently came back boston sightseeing tour with my business partner. I like to visit different and unique places around the world. The Great Wall of China is one of the most famous place in this country. It is also included in the Seven Wonder of the World.