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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Northern Lights near Fairbanks, Alaska

Northern Lights near Fairbanks, Alaska

  Wow, what a first day out at the Mount Aurora Lodge! Located 30-40 mins from Fairbanks the lodge has sweeping views over the surrounding valleys from  its hillside perch. Housed in a converted gold miners dormitory the rustic, warm lodge has an open plan lounge/sitting/dining area that is just perfect for lounging around and…

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Gorgeous views from Petermann Island, Antarctica.

Incredible Beauty of Petermann Island, Antarctica

By this stage of the journey it gets quite easy to think that you’ve seen it all and nothing could supersede the sheer beauty you’d taken in over the previous few days.    Well how wrong could you be.    The island looked nothing special from afar but it was the place where we’d see Adele penguins….

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Tibetan Festival in Langmusi

Tibetan Nomad Festival, Langmusi

How awesome was this Tibetan nomad festival in Langmusi, China on International Children’s Day, 2002. I was incredibly fortunate to experience this event with one of my groups and it was definitely worth arriving after 2am in the morning for.  We had broken down on the grasslands in the middle of Sichuan the previous day…

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New Blog Category – ‘remembering …’

If you are a regular visitor you might have noticed I have introduced a new category of blog post called “remembering…”. I have spent the past few days delving back into my huge archive of film images, many of which have been locked away for the past 9 or 10 years.   Of course this has…

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On the streets of Yan'an, China.

On the Streets of Yan’an, China

Yan’an in China’s northwest gains its fame for being near to the end point for Mao Zedong’s Long March, with the town serving as the Communist capital in the revolution. For me it was definitely one of the more interesting stops on the tours I led in China, resulting in what was generally a very…

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In the village of Langmusi, China in 2001.

Lovely Langmusi

Straddling the Sichuan / Gansu border is the simply wonderful little village of Langmusi. The first time I visited this remote outpost was back in 1997.   The location is simply stunning, located up on the sweeping grasslands of the Tibetan plateau. There have been big changes since I first visited, apparently the roads in town…

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Dim Sum in Melbourne

If there is one thing you may have noticed about me and food is that I love Dim Sum!  Of course there are so many fantastic Chinese dishes that I miss now that I am back in Melbourne for a while but I can say without a doubt that the Shark Fin House has sensational…

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Fools Paradise – An evolving cultural masterpiece

Branded a fool over his decision some 13 years ago to create a large scale art park amongst the ethereal landscape of Guilin, Rhy Chang Tsao’s pet project, affectionately named “Fools Paradise”, now boasts more than 200 magnificently sculptured artworks that dot manicured grounds like rare species of flowers. Whilst it may be somewhat difficult…

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Lion Dance at the Wong Fei Hung Memorial, Guangzhou

A lion appeared at the opposite end of the courtyard.  Standing for a few moments then dramatically jumping up onto the first set of poles which looked to be around a metre high.  Within moments he had bounded a further two or three times in perfect unison to the beating drum.    This initial burst of…

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Hualin Temple, Guangzhou

You don’t often find many “special” temples in the more populated cities of China anymore.   Most are over-touristed and lack any authentic atmosphere.   The Hualin temple in Guangzhou’s old Liwan district definitely managed to impress me.  To be more accurate, the 500 Arhat Hall was the standout for this entire ancient complex. Walking inside the…

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Latest Article Published

My latest published article has just been released in the June 2011 issue of Qatar Airways inflight magazine – Oryx. It is a short introduction to one of my favorite areas in Guangzhou. To read the full piece, My Favourite Street, Guangzhou – click here.

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Magical Afternoon of Cantonese Opera & Delicious Dim Sum

I have written about dim sum on this site a few times now and actually, if I haven’t mentioned it already – I love dim sum!!! So the opportunity to sit around eating dim sum and drinking tea in the city that spawned these tasty little morsels was just too much to resist.  Especially, since…

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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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2010 Calendars – **NEW**

I had loads of fun putting together my 2010 Landscapes Calendar the other week and one thing that was very clear was that I wanted to use way too many photos! So I have put together 2 more calendars in black & white.   They make fantastic gifts and it the season is rapidly approaching!

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NEW! 2010 Calendar – Landscapes

calendar – Images by Jillian Mitchell 2010 LANDSCAPES A selection of stunning images of this amazing world we live in. A3 in size and printed on 200gsm high quality satin art paper the calendars come bound with white wire and are ready to hang. To get your copy click on the following link to be…

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