man riding on the roof of a truck in fengjie - a town set for destruction

Fengjie Before Destruction 2002

An ancient town with a history of some 2000 years sitting at the entrance of the stunning Qutang Gorge on the northern banks of the Yangzte River, China, Fengjie was one of the first to be destroyed to make way for the Three Gorges Dam project. This series of images was taken in July 2002…

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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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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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Great New Bar in Yangshuo

  There is certainly no shortage of bars in Yangshuo.   What has been missing though is a relaxed bar that takes advantage of the sheer natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.   Superbly situated with fantastic views, the River Bar has certainly filled this void.  Indulge in a delicious fresh fruit cocktail as you drift…

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Along the Duliu River, Congjiang to Rongjiang, China

As you wind your way along the banks of the Duliu River, between Congjiang and Rongjiang in South Eastern Guizhou, you get great views and a tiny glimpse into local river life.    Villages located on the opposite bank often don’t have road access so it is not unusual to see passengers being ferried across in…

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Yangshuo: A Land of Gorgeous Greens

Gorgeous Greens Rain over the past few months has blessed the countryside with a magnificent array of greens, each variation fresh, vivid and lush.  As I mentioned last week one of the best ways to experience the magical scenery is to take a bike ride.   Over the past couple of months I have been trying…

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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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