I am spending 6 weeks in Yunnan, China, from early May to mid-June, 2008. I plan to visit Zhongdian (renamed Shangrila) and the villages nearby, to meet with the various local ethnic minority groups and live among the local people. The goals of my trip are to: learn about their history, culture and values, especially … Continue reading My Trip to Yunnan, China
Dear all, I arrived back in Santa Fe, NM the evening of July 1, 2008. The plane had to circle over Albuquerque for a while due to a rare thunderstorm. Other than that, the flights from HK to SFO to Las Vegas to ABQ went smoothly. I am still trying to recover from jet-lag, sleeping … Continue reading New Photos of My Trip to Yunnan and Hong Kong
See latest photos at: http://picasaweb.google.com/bwongswanson/YunnanTravels2008 /photo?authkey=z3c54rqPemQ#5210827785862314754 Hello everyone, I can’t believe I only have three more days here. I am running out of time to shop for souvenirs and pack them with my winter clothes and mail them by sea. Yesterday almost the entire town shut down to watch and celebrate the Olympic Torch coming … Continue reading Shangrila update – 12 June 2008?
Hello everyone, It’s been a while since I last wrote. Things have been quite busy around here although 2 Sundays ago, I did manage to visit Bai Shui Tai (White Water Terrace), a limestone formation about 3 hours from here each way. The ride goes through narrow and curvy mountainous roads. Just the ride to/from … Continue reading Shangrila Update #3
Hello from Shangrila, This week was just as busy as last, but the weather improved a bit. Sunshine in the morning, rain in the afternoon, slightly warmer. I have never appreciated my 2nd Street Brewery hooded sweatshirt and Jerry’s Land’s End down jacket so much. The highlight of this week was the addition of new … Continue reading Shangrila Update #2
Dear friends & family, I am starting my second volunteering for the Yunnan Mountain Heritage Foundation. The first part of this week will be spend attending bee keeping training. A bee keeping expert is here helping Hamugu Village to raise bees for honey and other medicinal purpose as an enterprise. It should be fun as … Continue reading Shangrila Update #1
Hello again family & friends, I started doing volunteer work for the Yunnan Mountain Heritage Foundation Monday 12 May 2008. The first two days was spent doing translation for a local herbal store and a local hotel. Yesterday I visited a nearby village. You will see new photos from this visit at the following link. … Continue reading Day 3 at the Shangrila Arts & Craft Centre?
Dear Family & Friends: I wish to thank everyone who emailed with concerns about my safety. The Great Power Above has been watching over me. Even though the epicenter is nearby, we at Zhongdian did not feel the earthquake at all. Typical of my usual oblivious self, I did not know anything until I started … Continue reading Yunna Travels 2008
Well, I was not able to find the guide-book advertised hot spring, not even swimming pool. That is the second time I have personally experienced (and getting fooled by) a Chinese hotel advertising in its hotel website a non-existent hotel swimming pool – most annoying. Last night, I wandered into a Muslim neighborhood near the … Continue reading Day 2 in Kunming
Dear friends & family, Hello from Kunming, China. It has been a long trip but I finally got here. I had a 12-hr layover in San Francisco in order to use a roundtrip freebie between Albuqurque & SFO, then had another 5.5 hr in Hong Kong. My total flight time of 15.5 hr (13+ hr … Continue reading Arrived Safely in Kunming?