Sunday, April 24, 2005

Hiring a guide at Lao Yulin [老榆林]

lao yulin, originally uploaded by jiulong.

From Kangding a took a motorbike taxi out to the hot springs at Lao Yulin, about 5km west of town up a scrappy valley. You could just make out some of the Minya Konka peaks from here. I walked past a derelict textile factory - where some people were still living in the ruins, and then along the main dirt road through the village of Lao Yulin. It was here that folk came out of their houses and asked if I wanted to ride a horse and hire a guide. I did, and on my initial trip hooked with a great guy called Gerler, whose house this is. On my second trip it was with a much less reliable fellow called Gong Xianyao.

1 comment:

Writer & Journalist said...

Hi Michael,
I'm really enjoying your Dr. Rock weblog. I'm a journalist based in China, Shenzhen and I've been interested in following Kingdon Ward's travels through the Three Parallel River Valleys of the Yangtze, Mekong and Salween. I find your weblog really informative and useful.
I'm writing here because I was not sure how else to contact you. A photographer I often work with and I are planning a trek to Minya Konka in the end of May and I was wondering if you'd have any tips?
I can follow your thread from Lao Yulin pretty clearly but do you have suggestions for other possible routes or ways to experience Minya Konka?
I can be reached at and I'd be thrilled to hear back from you. Thanks,
Brandon Zatt