Thursday, September 21, 2006

Happylee's pics of Gongga Shan/Minya Konka

贡嘎寺 Gongga Shan/Minya Konka, originally uploaded by jiulong.

These are a couple of samples of pics taken by a Chinese guy called "happylee" and posted at the douyouhike forum. You can see all his excellent pics here:,0,0,1.html

Gonga Shan 贡嘎寺

Gonga Shan 贡嘎寺, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

More glimpses of Muli monastery ( 四川 木里) and Wachang

Here's some video of the area around Muli monastery. It all looks very green and fertile because it is the middle of the rainy season - August. Usually it is much more bleak and brown than this. The video also shows a bit of the valley around Wachang - the nearby small town where most Muli people live. As you can see, the inhabitants of this so called "Shangri-La" are more interested in mobile phones and motorbikes than in eternal life!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Muli ceremony and lunch

Latest video is some more coverage of the Muli monastery ceremony and me having lunch with the monks there. All from August 2004.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

More Muli monastery video 木里大寺

muli front 木里大寺, originally uploaded by jiulong.

This one shows a ceremony taking place at the monastery in August 2004. Includes conch shells!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Arriving at Muli monastery: video

A short clip of the walk around from Wachang village to the monastery at Muli. Taken in August 2003.

Ford trimotor at Lijiang, 1936

Ford trimotor at Lijiang, 1936, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Hired by Joseph Rock to fly from Kunming to see the Yulong Xueshan mountains.

Zhongdian Songzanlin temple

Zhongdian temple, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Zhongdian Songzanlin temple

Zhongdian Songzanlin temple, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Hike to Muli part 3: descent from Gibboh Pass

Muli porter2, originally uploaded by jiulong.

Here is the video of my hike to Muli in August 2004. The scenery is very green because it is the wet season. This section shows the descent frm the Gibboh Pass at about 12,000 feet down towards the town of Wachang. It was getting late in the day so we hitched a ride near the end and the jeep got stuck in the river. This was the only traffic we saw on the Yongning to Muli track.