Sunday, June 24, 2007
A larger, high definition version of this map can be downloaded here.
On the road to "Dream Mountain":
Naxi women are not allowed to take part but in 2005 they attended for the first time.
Men chant with the dongba;
The old shamen presides:
At home with the dongba [priest]:
Friday, June 22, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
A few pics from my first visit to China in October 1990 [not 1991 as it says on the rest of the pics). We climbed the ridge above Dali at a time when it didn't have any chair lifts or marked paths. We cheated by taking a tuolaji tractor about half way up.
At that tuime Dali was just taking of as a backpacker destination - it had Jim's cafe and one other cafe if I remember rightly. And that was it.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
An experienced hiker, Andrew "Clem" Lindenmayer, has been missing since 2 May after setting off to hike around Gongga Shan from Kangding. Clem is a well known Lonely Planet hiking guide author, and according to reports in the Chinese press, he has not been heard of since sending emails expressing his intention to hike around the mountain on 2 May.
If you have any information contact the local PSB or
855 12 900 910 or 1343 899 4929
Or the Sichuan Mountaineering Association: 028－8558 8047 13981873321
And more bad news from the area, with reports of 12 people killed and 3000 homeless after floods and mudslides caused by torrential rain in Jiulong county last week.
The rainy season means it is not a good time to be travelling in the footsteps of Joseph Rock, whether it be Kangding, Jiulong or Muli.