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Pictures by QT Luong

[Beijing] [Hong-Kong] [Kunming] [Shilin (Stone Forest)] [Dali] [Shaping] [Lijiang]
[Baisha] [Emei Shan] [Leshan] [Chengdu] [Guangzhou] [Misc China locations]

China, as the most populous country, the oldest continuous civilization, and one of the largest and most varied land in the world, is in itself a world. For my first trip to China, in May 2002, I chose to sample only the South-West. I found a surprisingly colorful region. The landscape included strange geological formations such as the Stone Forest, the beautiful Lake Erhai, and cool forested slopes and cliffs at Emei Shan. The old streets kept getting more interesting from Kunming to Dali, and then Lijiang, which I found to be a real gem, and there were plenty of old temples and monestaries, including the tallest buddha statue in the world, set in a beautiful riverside cliff at Leshan. But what struck me the most were the people. Where I expected uniformity, I found an array of ethnic minorities still continuing their traditional life. While I expected the trip to be difficult because of the language barrier, I found plenty of helpful and welcoming people.

For some practical details, see the travel notes.

Pictures of Beijing
Beijing (45 images) larger
Pictures of Hong-Kong
Hong-Kong (65 images) larger
Pictures of Kunming
Kunming (36 images) larger
Pictures of Shilin (Stone Forest)
Shilin (Stone Forest) (25 images) larger
Pictures of Dali
Dali (50 images) larger
Pictures of Shaping
Shaping (24 images) larger
Pictures of Lijiang
Lijiang (89 images) larger
Pictures of Baisha
Baisha (19 images) larger
Pictures of Emei Shan
Emei Shan (113 images) larger
Pictures of Leshan
Leshan (40 images) larger
Pictures of Chengdu
Chengdu (32 images) larger
Pictures of Guangzhou
Guangzhou (25 images) larger
Pictures of Misc China locations
Misc China locations (11 images) larger

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