Inle Lake has plenty to see with cute stilt villages, cottage industries and lots of fishermen plying its waterways.

Exploring Inle Lake, Burma

Exploring Inle Lake by longboat is an absolute highlight of Burma. Calm waters mimic rippling silk offering stunning mirror-like reflections punctuated by lush floating gardens, simple stilt houses and traditional fishermen all surrounded by picturesque, verdant mountains.     While these form the essence of the waterway the area is so much more with unique cottage industries…

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Dragon Boat Festival

One of the more popular theories on the origins of the Dragon Boat festival is as remembrance of the search for the suicidal ancient scholar Qu Yuan.   Accused of treason this popular poet drowned himself after being banished.  Local residents are said to have raced around the waters try to rescue him or retrieve his…

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sailing on jewel coloured waters at Boracay

Boracay – Getting there

Although this was my first visit to the Philippines I can confidently say it won’t be my last.    A huge surprise was just how close it is to Hong Kong.   (My flight from Shanghai to HK was longer than the HK to Manila section.) Flights to Boracay, despite being an easy 1 hour or so…

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Christmas Day on Halong Bay

After a tedious bus journey from Hanoi it was as if Mother Nature had snapped her fingers the moment we arrived in Bai Chay. Looming gray clouds parted giving way to dazzling rays of winter sunshine that started to slip through just as we stepped onto one of Bhaya’s traditional junk styled cruise boats. We…

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The stunning Detian Falls on the China/Vietnam border is simply gorgeous in any season.

Guangxi’s Detian Falls

The magnificent Detian Falls located on the China/Vietnam border shines with vivid, jewel like colour and is definitely worth a visit. So much more attractive than just your standard trickle of water running over a cliff, Detian is some 200 metres wide and has three tiers of water rushing over its various edges. Despite the…

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2010 Calendar – China in Black & White

2010 “China in B&W” Calendar – Images by Jillian Mitchell China offers an extremely diverse range of beautiful scenery and traditional culture that make for a truly exotic destination. These are the images I have selected for my 2010 Calendar – China in Black & White. A3 in size and printed on 200gsm high quality…

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Top 5 Ways to Enjoy Yangshuo’s Picture Postcard Scenery (4)

Number 4:   Bamboo raft on the Dragon River   Sit back and relax on a bamboo raft whilst ambling down the Dragon River.     A totally different experience to cruising on the Li River, you are still surrounded by the magnificent scenery however the Dragon is smaller and quieter.    The karsts on one side of…

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