Beggar's Bounty

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Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

August is typically the rainy season in Yunnan Province.  When forewarned of a fog and rain that could hamper the view across the gorge to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and down to the Yangtze River I considered leaving my camera behind. A bit overdressed and over heated, we happily settled for sunny skies. Warmer temperatures and a couple of horses to carry our bags insured our climb a bit more…

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One Last Look at Qingdao

One Last Look at Qingdao

One last Look 34One typhoon, two cities, three days, two hundred twenty four boxes (plus or minus a few suitcases) later…. YouYou is relieved to say we are all looking out over Victoria Harbor from Hong Kong Island. It was hard to say good bye to our Qingdao friends and our beautiful apartment. We kicked the week off with a Moon Festival celebration in Huangdao and finalized are goodbyes with a good old…

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Tiger’s Leaping Gorge ~ Hu Tiao Xia

Tiger’s Leaping Gorge ~ Hu Tiao Xia

“Once, long ago, a tiger was said to have leapt across a gorge, and the Chinese, who have a strong disposition toward poetic place-names, commemorated the event by calling it Tiger Leaping Gorge.”

Dear Mr. Troost,

Your book was refreshing and a long awaited bounty for my guilt. I too, have been… “Lost on Planet China”. And, there isn’t a day that does not go by where I am not asking for…

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The Beauty of Duck Fat #duckconfit #frenchcooking

The Beauty of Duck Fat #duckconfit #frenchcooking

Shaxi Old Theatre Inn

Shaxi Old Theatre Inn

OTI from rice fieldsAccording to Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet, Shaxi’s family-owned inn is a secret favorite of China travelers… “In the Know.” Well, apparently I too, was “In the Know” and did not even know, it.  A few years back my family and I also favored our stay at the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat. The Old Theatre Inn and Yangshuo Mountain Retreat are both situated in a scenic environment and offer a variety of…

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Jade Snow Dragon Mountain, Shangrila

Jade Snow Dragon Mountain, Shangrila

Yufeng Monastery, a Buddhist Monastery outside Lijiang

Yufeng Monastery, a Buddhist Monastery outside Lijiang

Duan Village, shaxi

Duan Village, shaxi

Rice fields of Shaxi

Rice fields of Shaxi

Home Made Dog Food, roasted duck legs, potatoes, and carrots

Home Made Dog Food, roasted duck legs, potatoes, and carrots