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Photo gallery of Yunnan market

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All I can do is “mooooo”! Being lost in a Yunnan market

All I can do is “mooooo”! Being lost in a Yunnan market

From the vault: The guy looked at me a little strangely but didn’t laugh; instead he shook his head and walked on. I will admit that I was acting weirdly for I was mooing, trying to sound like a cow. I could have done the “oink, oink” sound of a pig but thought it wouldn’t be as convincing. It’s easier to be a cow. Besides, there was a picture of a cow on a nearby building … Read entire article »

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On returning home

On returning home

Editorial: This month I returned home after six months travelling in Asia and day-to-day life has struck me hard. This should not have come as a surprise. I sold my house before I left and put all my stuff in storage, other than the car that I abandoned in a driveway and when I returned it would not start. But I have been living out of a weekend suitcase for a long time with a relatively … Read entire article »

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May I introduce Jim, a Tibetan who owns a backpacker hotel in Dali, China

May I introduce Jim, a Tibetan who owns a backpacker hotel in Dali, China

Western travellers have been coming to Jim’s place in Dali, China for 28 years. In the early days they were mainly youthful backpackers whereas today they’re from different backgrounds and span many age groups. It’s like a house full of travellers and they are a pleasure to be among. This is Jim’s second property, called Jim’s Tibetan Hotel. The original one was a seven-bedroom guesthouse within the walls of the old city called Jim’s Tibetan Guest … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Dali, China

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The splendid diversity of Dali, China

The splendid diversity of Dali, China

There are travellers who dismiss Dali, saying it was once a place treasured by western backpackers but is now too touristy. I say just ignore these naysayers for they know not what they are talking about. If Dali is too tame then all you have to do is travel a few kilometers and you are sure to find a village almost untouched by foreigners. If your aim is to avoid bus loads of domestic tourists, … Read entire article »

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