Jiuzhaigou National Park

Jiuzhaigou National Park, China

Jiuzhaigou is scenically one of the most spectacular landscapes I have ever seen, however I have realised I need to qualify this a little.  I grew up in an area that was very flat and dry, so in a way I find mountains, snow and the whole alpine scenery thing to be all quite exotic….

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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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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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The Cycle of Rice

  The cycle of rice has passed through its final phase with the 2nd harvest taking place throughout the countryside.     These times of intense activity witnessed during planting and harvesting make exploring the countryside just that little bit more interesting and alive.   Dry warm weather with fields of burnt gold contrasting superbly against…

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Great Ocean Road – 12 Apostles

Formed by the erosion of coastline over thousands of years the twelve apostles continue to evolve as the fierce Southern Ocean’s wild winds and chilly waters pound the coastline on the southern side of Australia.    The soft limestone structures are impressive at any time of day and in any weather.   Colours that descend from…

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Great Ocean Road

  The Great Ocean Road is one of Victoria’s premier attractions and it certainly doesn’t disappoint.   Kilometre after kilometre of highway hugs the rugged coastline, dips off into pristine rainforest or traverses lush farmlands.   The result is a constant stream of awe-inspiring vistas.   The ultimate way though to get the most out of…

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Colourful Canola Fields

Every time I return to Australia I often find myself staring in wonder at the deep blue skies.   Not that we don’t get blue skies in Yangshuo it is just that the clarity or intensity of colour is sometimes a little lacking.   The vast canola fields in bloom throughout Northern Victoria and Southern NSW…

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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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Lotus in Bloom

    Beautiful lotus flowers are starting to bloom in ponds around Yangshuo. Symbolizing purity, peace and perfection, the pink lotus is said to be the most sacred of all.         Two of the best places to view these sublime blossoms in town are in the large pond on the outskirts of Yangshuo park…

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Dali Dong Village

  The first thing that captured my attention on the internet for Dali Dong village in South Eastern Guizhou was the phrase “untouched by tourism”.    Of course I was a bit of a skeptic as I found this phrase at least 3 times on various travel and tour websites.  But it was on our way,…

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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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Basha Village, Guizhou, China

Despite Basha’s close proximity to Congjiang (south eastern Guizhou) it remains an excellent place to experience a taste of the Miao ethnic minority culture. Said to be descendants of the 4,000 year old Chiyou army this village certainly seems to have retained many of its traditions including a gun salute that was performed at weddings….

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Great way to detour in Guangxi & Guizhou, China

The weather, heavy traffic and re-construction on highway 321 between Sanjiang (Guangxi) and Congjiang (Guizhou) has left the road in a bit of a mess.    A great diversion to escape part of this nightmare drive is a small mountain road which winds it way up from Sanjiang to come out about halfway to Congjiang.    …

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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 (1)

    Number 1:    View from high up!   Sublime views of the surrounding area and karsts can be gained from getting up high, putting the landscape into a whole new perspective.    There are a couple of ways to do this and any effort involved in my humble opinion is well worth it.    The…

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Top 5 Ways to Enjoy Yangshuo’s Picture Postcard Scenery (2)

     Number 2:  Cycling   Cycling is an incredibly popular and rewarding way to experience the magical scenery.   Imagine yourself surrounded by towering limestone karsts with rice paddies carpeting the land in seemingly endless shades of vivid green.       Options abound, from easy, flat, tar roads that pass through local villages not too far…

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Top 5 Ways to Enjoy Yangshuo’s Picture Postcard Scenery (3)

Number 3:  Hike (or Boat) from Yangdi to Xingping along the Li River     The most spectacular and well known section of Li River lies between Yangdi and Xingping.   (So famous that part has been immortalized on the 20 yuan note.)   A great way to experience this particular section of scenery is to…

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Ancient Village of Huangyao

  This small piece of classic China featured in the 2005 movie The Painted Veil, starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts.   Stepping through the archway into the old town it is just like stepping back in time.     The village oozes charm and tranquility with well preserved Ming and Qing dynasty houses, faded just…

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