Shangri-la to Dali in 16 Days

TweetUp to now we’ve concentrated on making our journeys single, connected hikes – insofar as that’s possible while avoiding lengthy stretches of unpleasant road-walking. This October, however, we tried something different by walking only what we think of as the best hiking trails in between Shangri-la and Dali, and driving the bits in between. That [...]

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Dali Weekend Hikes (4) – Jianchuan to Shibaoshan

TweetThis hike was easily accomplished in two days – even including the bus from Dali to Jianchuan on the first morning. It’s worth spending more time in the old part of Jianchuan County Town, though, as this is a lovely example of an old Yunnan market town. See it now – the new Dali-Lijiang freeway [...]

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Tea Trail Lijiang to Dali, April 2013

TweetThis year’s first major group hike took us along the Tea and Horse Trail between Lijiang and Dali. The hiking section covered 11 days and approx 180 km.

This is part of the true caravan trail between Jianchuan and Lashi Lake. At more than 10 km it’s one of the longest sections anywhere in Yunnan, preserved [...]

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Shaxi to Xizhou, October 2012

TweetWe made two late excursions onto the Tea Horse Trail between Shaxi and Xizhou, both of which culminated in a crossing of Mt. Cangshan. I’ve combined the pictures from both trips into this one blog. As ever, click on any photo to open the full gallery…

These journeys both took place unusually late in the year, [...]

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Dali to Shaxi Tea Horse Trail

TweetDuring the National Day holidays in the first week of October we were joined by a small Sino-Australian group for a 5-day excursion along the Tea Trail between Dali and Shaxi. Fortune smiled upon us. The weather was fine, as was the food and wine. Scroll down for several pictures and unusually few words…

Our route [...]

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Autumn Wildflowers in Yunnan

TweetDuring the National Day hike between Dali and Shaxi we saw an enormous number of wildflowers: far more than I expected at this time of year. Most were small and many evidently of no interest to the editors of my Yunnan flower books, as I’ve been unable to identify some of the ones pictured below. [...]

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Flowers of Cangshan (late April 2012)

TweetAll these were taken on April 25 and 26 during a hike over the range between Xizhou and Fengyu. There are a few I can’t identify, so any suggestions and/or corrections will be very welcome. Click on the images to open the gallery and see what they are. Cheers!

This was one of my favourites. Its [...]

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Dali Weekend Hike (2)

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Following on from the recent Tea Trail trek from Lijiang, Yang Xiao and I went straight back out to see if we could find an alternative route over Cangshan. And did we ever – this has gone right to the top of my “best two-day hikes” list.

We got on the trail about 10 a.m. That’s [...]

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Dali Weekend Hike (1)

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This is the first in an occasional, but surely lengthy series in which we explore shorter trails in and around the Dali area. For the weekend of October 22-23, we set off from Xizhou to cross Mt. Cangshan.

The first part of this route follows a trail blazed by Kublai Khan’s army in the 13th century, [...]

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