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  Cindie's Yunnan Daily Journal
Travel Writing, Blog, Travelogue

Zongdian to Mohan, China
(Oct. 30 - Dec. 24, 2005)


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Oct 30 - Nov 2 Zongdian.  We arrived in Zongdian ready for a break.  I chose a room that turned out to be very cold.  Luckily it had an electric blanket and the extra bonus of having wireless internet. We paid 100 Y ($12) for a private room. After looking around town I realized we could have done better.

Zongdian is being advertised as Shangri La by the Chinese government and a lot of money has been spent on renovating the old town.  It is quite nice in old town and near old town is the largest prayer wheel in the world.  It is easier to see it at night when it is all lit up.  We met our friend Lloyd in town, happened to bump into him in an internet cafe.  He works for the World Wildlife Fund.  We were in luck because it was Saturday night and a group of Tibetan musicians were playing in a cafe in old town. They were excellent musicians and played Tibetan folk songs for hours.  I took a trip to the monastery in town, they appear to be renovating it as well.  I was surprised to see so many Chinese tourist visiting the monastery, because I do not understand Chinese, it is difficult for me to determine if they visiting the monastery for religious reasons, I did see some people praying or if they were there to just see what it looked like.  I certainly enjoyed it, I love the smell of incense and yak butter lamps burning.  I even saw a rooster eating the seeds that were made as an offering to Buddha.  That rooster will never go hungry.  We saw a few cyclists in town but it appeared that they came off the bus, I say this because their belongings were not strapped very securely on their bikes.  It was good to eat western food and speak English a bit.  Lloyd introduced us to the UN ambassador to China, he was interesting and I really wondered what kinds of tasks he had for his job and if he spoke any Chinese.

 
Nov 3 Zongdian - Pennilun. As we left the hotel the owner said it was all down hill from Zongdian to Qiatou (the entrance to Tiger Leaping Gorge) while our map indicated that Qiatou was 96 km away.  We knew it was down hill but we had no idea where that would start.  It was a sunny but chilly day, so we had our coats, tights, and gortex booties on and we needed them.  The head wind did not start for about 20 km.  Hwy 214 has recently been paved and it is a nice highway to ride, the bad thing is that it does not follow either our Chinese, Canadian or German made maps so it is a guess as to where we stopped. One thing is for sure, the town is right before the new dam they are building, in fact I think the town will disappear when the dam is finished.  We are seeing more and more use of hydro power in these deep canyons.

The truckers hotel was predictable, when she opened the door to the room it smelled like dirty feet. Yuck.  Then I asked her where the bathroom was and went for a stroll through the village and up the hill.  Either the bathrooms are getting worse or I just can not stomach them any more but this one was nasty. Worse than predictable.  I do not understand how people can think that awful smell and sight is normal.  We have been in a lot of developing countries and China is by far not the poorest but it has the worst bathrooms I have seen and smelled.  This is a product of culture not economics. Somebody please do something.  Tim says you could make a fortune selling Lysol in this country.

Ascend 490 m  Descend 1200 m

70 km
Nov 4 Pennilun - km 2164 hwy 214.  I thought since we were at a lower elevation that it would be warmer but it seemed to be just as cold.  It does not help that the sun is not rising until close to 8 am.  We dropped in elevation and followed the river past a huge dam under construction.  We came to the entrance of Tiger Leaping Gorge and debated whether to go or not. We decided to move on, we were really ready for a rest not a hike.  A couple of hours down the road we stopped for lunch. At lunch I was not feeling well and we decided to stay the night at a nice hotel. It was brand new, new beds, private bathroom and hot shower for 80 Y ($10) much nicer than the hotel we stayed in Zongdian.  We both went to sleep early.

Ascend 135 m  Descend 765 m

40 km
Nov 5 km 2164 hwy 214 - Lijiang. We have dropped out to the highlands and Ya She Da Lay (hello in Tibetan) has been replaced with Ni Hou (hello in Chinese. The scenery has changed as well, we rolled up and down the short hills near the river in and out of small villages. It is the end of the harvest season and everyone is out clearing the  fields.  At the same time the winter crops are coming in such as peas, spinach, broccoli, and cabbage. It was a pleasant warm ride and we wondered why we did not see any other cyclists.  The scenery here is still stunning, snow capped mountains and farm fields, we could here the farmers singing in the fields as we rode by. We saw a sign the said Lijiang 41 km, but first we had to climb over the pass at 2735 meters (8970 feet).  We steady climbed all afternoon.  About half way up we met a local cyclist from Lijiang.  He rode with us over the top and down the other side.  He did not speak much English and we exhausted our Chinese rather quickly.  Still we rode together.  We parted about 10 km from Lijiang when we stopped to buy some apples.  When we finally arrived in Lijiang we were pretty tired.  We followed the signs to old town and ended up riding around it once because we did not realize that it was a pedestrian area we were looking for.  Many hotels were already booked but we happened to find a nice room for 80 Yuan off of Market Square.

Ascend 1140 m  Descend 540 m

65 km
Nov 6 - 10 Lijiang. Lijiang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  In 1996 the area suffered an earthquake that killed hundreds of people. The old town was reduced to rubble.  Latter the UNESCO group infused the area with enough money to rebuild the entire area.  The area is closed off to cars which makes it a pleasant area to stroll.  It is also a popular area with Chinese tourists.  Old town is almost 4 square kilometers so there are plenty of areas to explore and see how the locals live, it is not just the shopping area which it appears to be at first glance.

 I have heard some western tourists complain about the Chinese tourists groups that are large and seem to take over the place.  Personally I like them, they are traveling and seeing their own country, something that was not easy to do a short time ago. Most and I am not sure how this works but, some Chinese people need traveling papers to leave the area they live in.  I have seen many bus loads of Chinese stopped by the police to have their traveling papers checked. So when I seem them I know it takes an effort to get there. It is also the first place I have seen Chinese people in the western restaurants eating with a knife and fork, I love it. Trying on each others culture can only bring understanding between the cultures.  I feel this is important because as time marches forward China will become more and more of a super power. 

I personally enjoyed Lijiang very much, it is what I naively thought China would look like everywhere.  It is the old Chinese architecture with stunning mountains in the background.  This town is 800 years old and was part of an old trade route.  The old town is crisscrossed with canals that once brought drinking water to the townspeople, it is cleaner than most other towns I have been in although I would never drink the water from the canal. 

 
Nov 10 Lijiang - Baihanchan.  It was a pleasant ride back over the mountain.  About 21 km from Lijiang we turned onto a smaller road that took us back to hwy 214.  This road was the old road into Lijiang, cobblestones are still visible at the side of the road.  I love traveling these old routes, I can just imagine the caravans that also traveled this route carrying tea and other goods.  We slowly meandered through farm land and small villages that have been there for who knows how long.

As we were riding slowly up hill Tim began to have trouble shifting from one gear to another.  Suddenly, I heard a snap, Tim's rear derailleur cable had just broke.  We were far from Lijiang and decided to keep going until we found a hotel, we were riding up hill anyway so Tim used the three gears he had.  The only place that it was a nuisance was on the flats.

Hours later we came to the cross roads town of Baihanchan, we were back to hwy 214.  We stayed in a room that was once a highway workman's camp. It was run down and a bit dirty but the beds were cheap, 5 Y each.

Ascend 655 m  Descend 635 m

43 km
Nov 11 Baihanchan - Niujie (I think)  Tim spent the morning fixing his derailleur cable, I helped a little but mostly got in the way.  So we had a bit of a late start.  I am so glad Tim know how to fix these things or we would be on bus somewhere.  I ask him why the derailleur cable broke, I said, who knows, that is why I carry spare cables.  Hmm, seems to me that things break on Tim's bike first.

The temperature is perfect for riding, not to hot and not to cold. Surprisingly, we are still wearing bike tights and coats as we ride.  The sun is warmer but the air is still cool.  The road went through rolling hills along the river, the fields are a mixture of green and brown and all the farmers are out working in the fields all day.  Unfortunately, they are fertilizing the fields with human waste and we can smell it as we ride by their donkey carts full of straw mixed with well human waste.  The smell is awful to say the least.  The locals do not seem to mind where I am about to gag.  This is when we as people seem to be miles apart, this is where culture teaches you what is normal and what is not. 

It is a pleasant day of riding through small villages and we catch a glimpse of an old man with a really long white beard smoking tobacco in a long pipe.  We wave and say Ni Hou, hello and he cracks a smile, Ah this is what I came here for, to see him, to see what life is for him, oh what I give to hear his life story.  My imagination runs wild thinking about what he has seen in his day, but then in reality, things probably haven't changed much for him.  We arrive in a small town and decided to get a room for the night.  We paid 30 Y ($3.75) for the night and ate dinner at the local restaurant.  All the vegetables are fresh

Ascend 570 m  Descend 820 m

72 km
Nov 12-15 Niujie - Dali. We were planning to stop in Eryuan at a hot spring less than 15 km down the road. We rode to Eryuan and saw a big hot spring/spa. Tim said go ahead we can splurge so we went into the place and the said it cost 300 Y  ($37.50) for the night.  Yikes that is a bit high but the place was awesome with different pools with different temperatures.  Well when it came right down to it they tried to gauge us and jacked the price so high we said no thanks and left. So we wasted a good part of the morning looking for a hot spring. Of course it was just under our nose but we decided that we were close enough to Dali to just ride in. So Tim put the hammer down on the flats and we cruised at 27 to 30 km an hour. I was out of breath just keeping up with him.

We stayed on 214 all the way into Dali and 3 km from town the road turned to dirt.  Agh, slowed to a crawl.  We finally arrived in old town and found a room at Old Dali Inn No. 5 for 70 Y ($8.75) a night and that included breakfast, free internet, free laundry, and free movies every night. We have arrived back in the city.

I spent the next couple of days lounging, I enjoy meeting people who are traveling too, I also worked on chores like laundry.  I decided that I would go into Kunming to get our Visas for Laos and Thailand.  Tim is going to stay here and work on the web page and newsletter.

82 km
Nov 15 - 19 Kunming.  I went to Kunming by the night train, it cost 105 Y ($13.15) one way.  I arrived early in the morning and took a bus into town.  I missed my stop and ended up walking to the Camellia Hotel where I planned on staying.  I passed a large park on the way to the hotel and a large group of people were doing Tai Chi with swords on one side of the street and on the other people had parked their bikes between them and were using them as a net while playing badminton.  Kunming is a very modern city but pleasant because it does not have the pollution that other Chinese cities have. 

The Laos and Burmese consulate are in that Camellia Hotel and the Thai Consulate is 100 m down the road.  I stayed in a dorm bed for 30 ($3.75) a night.   I got our Thai visas first because it only took one day to get it.  I paid 200 Y ($25) each for a 60 day tourist visa.  I then got our Laos visas for 330 Y ($41.25) each for a 30 day tourist visa.  It was much easier to get our visas then I thought.

While in Kunming I had the pleasure to met many interesting people.  I met a Canadian couple, Larry and Sybil who work in the United Arab Emirates or UAE for short.  I asked about what it was like to live in as Muslim country.  This is something I know nothing about and will someday spend some time learning about the region and also about the religion.  I also met Teba from Spain and Lola a Mexican American from California.  We had great in depth political discussions about everything from how China is changing to immigration policies in the USA.  I soon realized how starved I have been for female company, traveling with Tim is great but he has a male point of view and women just look at things differently.  Since I have been out in the sticks I really have not had much of an opportunity to talk politics so it was nice to get a finger on the pulse of things.  It was interesting to here about the US from people who came from another country.  I was sorry to see Teba and then Lola leave, I hope to keep in touch with these two and see where they end up in the future.

 
Nov 20 - 28 Dali.  I took the day train back to Dali from Kunming.  I woke up with a sore throat that would turn into a cold later on.  Well that is one of the downfalls of staying in a dorm with eight beds, if someone is sick, it spreads easy and a Korean girl was very sick while I was in the dorm.  I am ready to move on, the personal habits of the Chinese are getting to me.  I took the train from Kunming and everyone was spitting on the floor and I caught one young mother holding her young son over the sink and letting him pee in it.  Hey I am suppose to wash my hands there! I passed on the opportunity.

When I arrived back from Kunming Tim was sick.  He had the runs but he also did not have an appetite (so unlike Tim).  Then he complained (so unlike Tim) about stomach cramps and feeling nauseous.  I decided to get out my little health book and look up his symptoms.  Ut OH!  by putting everything together we determined that Tim had a PARASITE yucky.  Suddenly he was having rotten egg burps and unbelievable gas (I am sure you like all these details).  I went to the Chinese pharmacy and asked for a medicine that they did not have.  So I finally looked up the Chinese word for parasite and they gave me an antibiotic called albendazole which is used in China and Europe but not as common in the States.  So we started deworming Tim, that evening he had it coming out both ends, poor guy.  It is the sickest I have seen him since we left on this trip.  Another day of antibiotics and he is feeling better.  In the mean time my cold has now turned into a chest cold.  Doesn't sound so bad compared to Tim so I can not complain.  Tim already looks like he has lost weight.  So our plan is to stay here until we both get better.   I read that giardia is very contagious so we had our room cleaned every day and we both washed our hands all the time. Well I should have followed my instincts and started the antibiotic when Tim did because 3 days later after my cold went away I was sick with the same symptoms as Tim had, same symptoms different order, same stomach pain and vomiting. Yucky. So here we sit in Dali sick as dogs.  We shall wait until we are well before we get moving again.  I can not get out of bed at the moment so the thought of riding is tough although I feel like I have been here forever.  On the plus side, I have been able to read, I just finished Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, an excellent read.  At least we have time on our Visa so we are not so much in a rush.

 
Nov 29 Dali - Xiaguan 2000 m (6560 feet).  We left around noon today, it was sunny and slightly windy.  As we approached Xiaguan and moved around the edge of the mountains we were hit with gale force winds.  Oh man, I do not have the strength to push on thorough this wind.  As we entered town my stomach was hurting and I felt like I may fall off the bike the next time a gust of wind hit me.  So I said to Tim, lets call it a day and find a hotel.  We did.  I was so weak I took a nap.  It is a drag getting sick on the road. 17 km
Nov 30 Xiaguan - Weishan 1750 m (5,740 feet).  From Xiaguan we climbed over the mountains through a pass at 2400 meters.  At the pass it was gale force winds and we had to pedal to get down the road even through a steep section.  As we turned corners we began to get away from the wind. At the bottom of the hill we were in a fertile valley where the locals travel by horse cart.  The carts had three rows and sometimes they were filled with people and sometimes they were filled with goods from the market including big pigs.  We passed the market and it was a flurry of activity.  Pigs, goats, burros and fresh vegetables were for sale.  The market was winding down so everyone was leaving.  We passed many farmers walking home from the market with their pigs, mama pig followed by a group of baby piglets.  It must have been piggy day because we passed at least ten groups of piggys and they took up the whole road and stopped traffic.  I got a kick out of watching the farmer chasing his pigs out from under the trucks.  Tim liked the baby burros the best, they took up the whole road too.  Priorities are just different on market day.

We coasted into Weishan around 4:00 pm.  4 hours on the bike was enough for us today.  We are both still weak from being ill with parasites.  We even decided to eat in and had noodles instead of going out. 

We got a knock on the door about 7:30 pm.  It was the owner of the hotel, she was trying to tell me something but she did not speak any English.  She kept telling me that this was a hostel not a hotel. Hmm.  I immediately knew what she was getting at but I claimed that I did not understand.  She was telling me that she could not take foreigners.  This is a first, usually they tell you when you ask to see the room.  Hmm. I sensed trouble was coming soon.  Tim and I showed her our passport but she did not want to see it.  She really wanted us to leave and we really wanted to stay.  It was already after dark and where in the world were we suppose to go.  So we  said thank you and good night and shut the door.  Not 10 minutes later the police showed up.  Tim said let me handle this, really Tim I would be more than glad to let you talk to the police.  So he showed them our passport and they kept saying no no.  Tim said no what.  They could not explain in English so they went and got an English teacher to translate.  She said that this was a small Inn and we could not stay here. Tim asked why, she said this is a small inn and we can not stay here.  Tim said that we have stayed in small Inns all over China and they were ok with us.  She said we had to go to the Weishan Hotel down the street.  This is when Tim pulled out our flyer in Chinese that explained that we were traveling around the world.  This distracted the police for about 5 minutes and then they said that we had to leave.  Tim said No I do want to leave, we checked in and have been here for 4 hours.  The police said, you have to leave, now. Tim said no I want to talk to the American embassy in Beijing and I want you to write down your name here on this piece of paper.  There was silent, I was thinking we were going to be thrown out at any moment, I had visions of us setting up our tent in the dark in some farmers field.  Suddenly, the police produced a form.  They said fill out the form, hmm does this mean we can stay.  They agreed that we could stay if we filled out the form. The form asked us for the normal stuff like our passport number and visa number however, what was different was that the form said it was for registration of aliens.  Yup that is us, aliens from mars.  Holy Cow! Tim you can sure can work miracles sometimes.  I am glad that Tim handled this because if I were the one talking we would have packed up and been in another hotel thinking how silly.  We won the battle this time, but we get to leave tomorrow.  What is it like for the local guy who can not leave, what kind of oppression do they face?  The whole thing left us feeling uneasy, we do not like to see oppression, it is a disturbing thing to see and experience.

54 km
Dec 1 Weishan - Nanjian 1335 m (4379 feet).  We took our time today knowing that we would have a short day to Nanjian the next large town. We are starting to recover our strength but our endurance is not that good either.  It is amazing to me how long it takes to get into shape and how quickly we fall out of shape.  The road was nicely paved and we sailed into Nanjian in just under 2 hours time.  We found a nice room for 60 Y ($7.50) on the north side of town.  We decided to have movie night, a rare occasion and we watched Batman Begins on the computer, a DVD I picked up in Kunming for 15Y ($1.88).

As we pedaled along I could not help but think about last nights incident with the police.  Tim and I we have so much freedom. Free to visit almost any country we like, free to travel from town to town in China, free to decide where we want to live and what kind of work we want to do.  As I travel in Asia I have learned not everyone has the freedoms that we do.  I do not take my freedom for granted anymore.

40 km
Dec 2 Nanjian -Baotai 1700 m (5576 feet) We knew that we would be climbing for most of the day today.  We had to climb out of this valley and drop down into the next.  We have a write up on this area done by an English couple Mark and Ju.  The url is http://www.mark-ju.net/.  We steadily climbed to a pass at 2050 m (6724 feet) and descended down to Baotai.

Stayed in a room just above the pig sty (no kidding).  It was the only room we could find near the intersection of 214 and the town Baotai.  It turned out that town was pretty small and we did not have a huge selection of road houses to pick from.  The room was typical, two beds in a small room and the bathroom was down by the pigs.  These guys were huge and snorted and grunted at me as I ran to the bathroom.  Talk about noisy sleepers, I heard those pigs snoring and screeching all night long.  One of them must of been having a bad dream because it sounded like a women screaming.

ascend 815 m  (2673 feet) descend 500 (1640 feet)

43 km
Dec 3 Baotai - Jingdong 1100 m (3600 feet).  We double checked with the owner of the Road House we stayed at and she said that the turn to Jingdong was down the road 1 km not at the turn with the old sign that said Jingdong (in Chinese) 82 km  It turned out that the road to Jingdong was 2.2 km down the road. It was pavement all the way.  It was a pleasant ride to Jingdong and shorter than our map said.  We went from dry desert like areas to semi-tropical with banana plants along the side of the road.  I am glad that it is winter because we are still wearing a long sleeve and tights. Although not for much longer.  I was amazed at how cool it was in the shade.  As we progressed down the valley water started pouring in from the sides and less and less farming in areas.  Just before Jingdong the entire area was farmed. The people seem to be a little more friendly here.


Picture of Tim holding a bamboo tobacco bong.

In Jingdong we found a hotel and I looked at the room as usual.  What was unusual was the price, a large room with two double beds, a hot shower and squat toilet for 30 Yuan ($3.75).  I took the room and I wondered what the catch was.  Turned out that the family was very nice and there was no catch. Well maybe.  At about 7:30 in the evening we had a knock on the door. Hmm. can we guess who this is.  I opened the door to the owner and what looked like a ten year old boy.  He handed me a registration for alien form (a form that the police usually have), by now I have seen a few of these.  I filled it out with information from Tim's passport and told him we were planning on staying two nights.

70 km
Dec 4 Jingdong.  We took the day off and went searching for the internet.  It was easy to find but they would not let us connect our computer. Figures.  We did find a nice restaurant across the street and had a great lunch for 8 Y ($1) for the both of us.  The locals have not seen too many foreigners and we were entertaining the only baby in the place.  Tim did not mean it but he scared the little guy and made him cry. Every one started laughing and the baby stopped crying.

We were visited by the young boy from last night.  He came alone and spoke more English than the night before.  He was pleasant and wanted to know how long we were staying.  I told him one more night.  He said welcome to Jingdong and left.

 
Dec 5 Jingdong - Zhenyuan.  The owner came into our room early acting like he was bring us hot water and picking up the old thermoses but he was looking around like he was looking for something.  Hmm.  The previous day he did not do this.  There was nothing to see because we were already packed.  When we were bringing our things down the stairs four men in suits and ties came over and started asking Tim and the owner questions.  Like how much did he pay for the room, where are you going, where are you from ect.  These are normal questions but the manner in which they were asked was a bit like an interrogation.  We told them we were going to have breakfast across the street before we left.  The restaurant across the street was empty except for us.  We had people watching us.  A man wearing a Chinese Communist Crest on his belt buckle came in grabbed a cup of tea, took a sip, looked over at us and left.  Another well dressed man walked by the restaurant, checked us out, walked a little farther, then turned around and came back to take another look. I waved and smiled and he put his head down and walked away.  Their attire and mannerisms did not fit in with the locals. In the mean time we watched a military vehicle go into the hotel we stayed at and leave 15 minutes later.  Geez, I hope we did not get the owner of the hotel in trouble for letting us stay there.

It was nice to leave town and get out on the open road.  The ride was relatively flat with a few small hills.  We stayed near the river most of the ride.  When we arrived in Zhenyuan we decided to stay in the hotel that lets in foreigners.  The Zhenyuan hotel was reasonably priced at 70 Y ($8.75).

75 km
Dec 6  Zhenyuan - Xinfu.  We woke to a very cloudy morning and wondered if it was going to rain.  I would have been nice to stay in the comfortable room for another day but we both felt the urge to move on.  We packed and headed farther south down the road.  The British couple Mark and Ju headed east from town towards Laoshan.  We are going south towards Xinfu.  The road has been paved so far.  We decided to ride a half day since we found a nice hotel in town for 30 Y ($3.75) with a private bathroom and hot shower. Tim and I are both weary of the road house since we got parasites a few weeks back.  The road house are still out there but dirty sheets and rooms get tiring.

Again, the road was relatively flat. It has definitely gotten more humid. Today is the first day that I rode without tights in a very long time.  The scenery has changed to more tropical with butterflies, birds and insects every where and oh do not forget the water buffalo.


Walkin the Water Buffalo.

40 km
Dec 7 Xinfu 930 m (3050 feet) - Wenhuajie 1200 m (3930 feet).  Again the road was paved the entire way except for a few landslide areas.  The first 18 k was relatively flat, had a great lunch there.  Then the road began to climb to the first pass at 1165 m and down to a valley at 1045 m.  The second pass was at 1450 m.

Wenhuajie is small but we found a room and just below our room was the internet.  We were pretty much ignored most of the time we were in town and when we left we were given suspicious looks.  The owner of the hotel did not speak much Chinese but we managed to get dinner and breakfast cooked.

44 km
Dec. 8 Wenhuajie - Puer 1340 m (4395 feet).  Every once in a while we will make a bad decision about whether to push on or stay the day.  Today we decided to ride but probably should have stayed in our hotel room.  It was not raining at the beginning of the day but as we approached our first pass at 1450 m it began to rain.  The rain ruined the nice 12 km down hill.  At 26 km we intersected highway 213 the main road to Jinghong and the border.  We stopped 36 km from our start and had lunch in a truck stop/mechanic.  Oh the food was delicious.  We had potatoes and onions, tofu and soy sauce, and barbeque pork with chili pepper. Maybe I was just hungry from riding in the rain.  We were 23 km from Puer, at this point we did not have much of a choice but to ride on.  How hard could 23 km be anyway.  Well 3 km from our lunch stop I was riding along and shifted into a lower gear, honest I did not crank hard, well my chain broke while going up hill in the rain, lovely.  Tim fixed it in a matter of minutes.  Yeah.  Now my chain was 4 links shorter, boo.  I guess I really buggered it up.  I suspect that the break was coming because I mangled it a bit yesterday when I stood while climbing.  Our pass turned out to be at 1600 m (5248 feet).  We rode up the hill in a fog and rode down the hill in a heavy rain storm.  I do not like riding in the rain, the roads get slick and visibility is low.  We arrived in Puer looking like a couple of drenched rats.  There are not too many hotels in town, we jumped into the Puer Hometown hotel for 60 Y ($7.50).  Not bad for a hotel room with a western toilet and hot shower.

ascend 945 (3100 feet)  descend 865 (2837 feet)

60 km
Dec 9 Puer.  We scouted the streets of Puer looking for an internet cafe, we finally found one and they let us connect the computer.  Luxury.  It rained most of the morning and stopped raining later in the day.  We really need a sunny day to do our laundry so we may stay another day in Puer.  
Dec 10 Puer.  We got our sunny day to do laundry.  The ladies at the hotel let me use the big industrial sized machine to do our laundry.  We sent our dirty clothes through the machine twice.  Riding in the rain is dirty business.  Then they cleared off the best line (the one in the sun) on the roof for me.  Then they went searching for hangers because I had so many big (Tim's) clothes.  This may sound like an ordinary encounter but in reality the whole scene occurred with hand gestures, none of the women spoke Chinese or English.  They knew we had arrived by bicycle and that was enough for them (I guess).  It was humbling to me to be treated so kindly.  We now had clean clothes to ride in.  The hotel turned out to be a little noisy because of the proximity to the highway.  However, the restaurant across the street was fantastic.  We had every meal there and it never totaled more than 20 Y ($2.50).  
Dec 11 Puer 1250 m (4100 m)   - Simao 1250 m (4100 m) . The morning fog cleared off around 11:00 am.  We headed south out of town on highway 213.    The first pass was at 1575 m (5166 feet) the we descended some and then back up to 1625 m (5330 feet). After that pass it was a quick 8 km to town.  When we passed the toll gate the road turned to an expressway with a no bikes sign so we took the only road we could to the right.  At the first traffic light we turned left and followed the bike lane into the center of town.  We stopped at a cluster of 3 hotels and checked into one for 50 Y ($6.25) per night.  When we checked in they originally gave us separate rooms, I found this odd.  Later, I realized that the area was frequented by businessmen looking to meet the local women.

Ascend 740 m (x feet)  descend 740 m ( x feet)

44 km
Dec 12 Simao - Dadugang.  The first pass was small and we were quickly descending into another valley  the bottom was at 880 m (2886 feet).  It was not raining but the road was wet and slick.  We could see a shinny film on the road and when I rounded a corner too fast I started sliding sideways.  I didn't wreck but I slowed down after that and stayed to the dry pavement when I could. Tim was experiencing the same thing.

We could now see a new expressway going in and some parts were already finished. Just outside of the town of Fengpo we passed a gate where a women was letting cars on to the expressway that was under construction.  She assured us that it was finished on the side we were riding on.  We happily left the small congested road behind.  As we rode hwy 213 meandered back and forth below us.  If you get stuck on that road you will be descending and ascending more that what we recorded.  We rode through 6 tunnels luckily they were short. This took the climbing and descending out of the day.  We also witnessed horrendous traffic jams on highway 213.  The road had deteriorated to a mud bog in some places.  It would have been a mess riding on that road. 


Hwy 213 is a muddy mess, note the truck driver is on the wrong side of the road, this is common in China.

We did get our 1 km of sticky clay mud that we had to ride through.  Some how I managed to lose my computer in ride across the mud.  I thought it was gone forever.  Tim quickly went back looking for it.  An hour later he picked it up out of the mud.  I was elated to have it back, it was a little beat up but it still worked.  We had to push on to find a hotel it was now getting late in the day. We spoke with an engineer and he told us to take a right in 5 km and then it was 7 km into town. So at 65.7 km from Simao we took a right turn off the highway.  We rode through tea plantations.  So this is where they grow all the tea in China. 


Tea and more tea, the small white specks are people in the field

We T-ed with hwy 213 and turned left.  A kilometer from that turn we encountered a gas station and a hotel.  We stopped at the hotel for the night.  The owner tried to charge us 100 Y ($12.50) for the night and we were about to leave and he dropped the price to 50 Y ($6.25) it was really worth 30 Y ($3.75) but we were too tired to argue much.

Ascend 745 m ( 2444 feet)  descend 710 m ( 2329 feet)

78 km
Dec 13 Dadugang 1330 m (4362 feet)- Mengyang 720 m (2361 feet).  I was tempted to talk Tim into riding back to the expressway, in hindsight I think that would have been a good idea.  We rode into Dadugang to have breakfast, it is a rough and tumble town, I think we made a good choice on hotels.  As we climbed out of town the road was in good shape for a couple of kilometers.  Then we hit a stretch of mud and potholes, very slow going.  Why the Chinese rip up the main road while they are building an expressway I will never know, it makes no sense to have the only road a muddy mess.  We passed many broken down trucks, it seems that they run their vehicles into the ground here.  Maintenance is not something we see much of here, the roads are rarely maintained, the building hardly ever see new paint and we have see many houses with grass or plants growing out of them.  Anyway back to the road.  We finally began to descend and the road improved in places, but again the road was covered with oil where it was wet, could that oil be coming from broken down trucks or was it sprayed on the road, it is hard for me to tell, all and all it has the same result.  So when we saw a place where we could get back on the expressway we did.  Once again, I am glad we did.  We rode the rest of the way to Mengyang on the express way.  It dropped us off about 2 km from town.  We stopped for lunch along the way and were overcharged for food and rice and they gave us cold water instead of the customary hot tea.  I had to ask for the tea.  We are back in the zone.  The zone for me is where tourists have frequented and the two tier pricing level is used. That is, double the price for foreigners.  If you do not know better you pay the foreigner price.  Most of China is not like this, I have found that I do not have to bargain away from the tourist areas.  This tells me that we (foreign tourists) create our own overpricing.

We had to decide whether to push on to Jinghong or stay a night in Mengyang.  We decided we would stay, getting into town late and tired makes for bad decisions. We rode around Mengyang looking for a hotel and we were pointed down the street and down the street.  We finally found the hotel.  I asked the price and it was 40 Y ($5) but when I paid with a 50 Yuan note she changed the price.  Ugh. scammed again.  I tried and tried to get my 10 Yuan but to no avail.  She pretended she did not understand me.  Hey, I have used that very pretense myself, so I just let it go.  I need to gear up for the zone again.  We walked around town after dark and it became apparent that it was a party town. It reminded me of a border town which led me to look at our map and that is when I realized we were not that far from Burma (known as Myanmar now) and Laos.

Ascend 310 m (1017 feet)  descend 830 m ( 2722 feet)

40 km
Dec 14 Mengyang - Jinghong 470 m (1541 feet).  We left town and climbed over a small pass and descended down to the Mekong river.  Jinghong was a bit dusty on the east side of the river but the west side of the river was a well manicured town, except the part that Lonely Planet sends you to.  I guess this is why they give it a bad rap.  We went to the Jingyong Fandian, it is in a nice part of town.  It is a very large hotel with average rooms, the water is hot and our room had a western toilet.  We paid 60 Y (7.50) per night.  The price on the wall says 120 Y ($15) a night, do not pay that price.

I like the town myself.  It is a real mix of culture.  Most of the signs are in Dai and Chinese and I think I see some Lao too.  Some women are dressed in long sarongs with matching tops, very elegant looking. Then there are the Chinese youth who have the wildest hair styles and I wonder where the sense of dress comes from. I do love to see this though.   I can see that this area is usually very hot, at the moment it is cool, we still need a jacket at night. Night time is when this place comes alive.  Maybe we will check out the night life another night.


Wide streets and bike lanes (this is common in all Chinese cities, however, palms are not so common.

Ascend 340 m (1115 feet)  descend 545 m (1787 feet)

24 km
Dec 15 - 17 Jinghong.  The first chore on the agenda is laundry. I tried to find where they did the laundry in the hotel but could not find it.  I finally asked about doing laundry and they wanted to charge 4 Y per piece, lets see that would be quite expensive for us to do our laundry. We have all our street and bike clothes to was, we would be paying more than $20 for laundry.  So we washed our clothes in the tub and hung it on the top floor.  We had so much laundry we had to do two different loads.

We tried to connect our computer at the internet cafe and were told that we could not, it was not allowed.  We went downstairs to have lunch at a restaurant and found a wireless connection.  We posted photos and checked email, a couple days in a row.  On the morning we were leaving we tried to connect through our wireless connection and we were blocked.  We just walked to another part of the computer complex and connected to another wireless network.

We spent a morning at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Flower and Plant Garden.  The cost of admission was 40 Y ($5), a bit steep when only a few years ago it was 10Y ($1.25).  But we enjoyed the gardens, it was a cloudy and cool morning so we could explore the entire gardens.  I especially enjoyed the tropical flowers.


I was told that this is called a butterfly plant.

 
Dec 18 Jinghong - Menghan 470 m (1541 feet).  Tim had a cold building and we debated whether to leave today or not.  We decided we could always ride a half day.  The road was paved and the terrain slightly rolling.  It was a pleasant ride under the shady palms along the Mekong river.  It is the dry season so the Mekong is not flowing as high, it looks like it is at least 6 meters (20 feet) lower.

We will have a personal tour guide of sorts for the next 6 months or so as we ride towards Singapore.  We will be going along the route blazed by Wayne and Kristina Carpenter. They started in Singapore in January 2005 and ended in Jinghong in July 2005.  They have provided a detailed description of each of their riding days on they journal located at XXX. 

30 km
Dec 19 Menghan - Menglun 535 m (1755 feet).  We had a bowl of noodles for breakfast and soon set off for Menglun.  We started a little late, thinking it would warm up. It never did.  I rode in my tights and jacket for the first hour or so.  We stopped at the Pratta thanks to a note in Wayne and Kristina's journal.  It is a bit dilapidated but has a enticing history.  It is the home of the Dai people the ancestral home.  I ran in and took a few snapshots while Tim stayed with the bikes.  I would have liked to have rolled the bikes in but the gate was closed and where we could walk in it was covered in broken glass, not an appealing place to push the bikes.  We continued riding through rubber tree groves and small Dai villages.  We saw a very nice village next to a small river and then we noticed that the highway is coming through the area.  That village will be moved, the buildings torn down and the highway built. I wonder what kind of compensation the villagers will get, if anything at all.

We continued on the Menglun, we passed the Xishuangbanna Biosphere UNESCO site and thought about going inside.  We felt that the price was too high at 30 Y ($3.75) and we were concerned about where to store our bikes.  We quickly rode into Menglun from the UNESCO site and found a room for 40 Y ($5).  We had a bit of a disagreement with the owners about putting our bikes in the room but we eventually won out and put them in the room.

The ride - we climbed to our first pass at 970 m (3181 feet) however, it was a false summit, we climbed two or three more passes and reached the final pass at 1035 m (3395 feet).  Then we coasted down to Menglun at 625 m (2050 feet).

Ascend 445 m (1460 feet)  descend 415 m (1361 feet)

45 km
Dec 20 Menglun - Mengyuan 575 m (1886 feet)

Thanks to Wayne and Kristina's journal we know that there is a hotel in Mengyuan.  Having the guess work taken out of the day certainly makes it easier.  The scenery is stunning, jungle on both sides of the road.

The pressure change over night changed our altimeter reading from 625 m (2050 feet) to 575 m (1886 feet).

Ascend 960 m (3149 feet)  descend 835 m (2738 feet)

53 km
Dec 21 - 22 Mengyuan - Mengla 585 m.

Another nice riding day through the jungle.  We are now riding along a nature reserve and I was on the look out for wildlife.  I was not disappointed.  We turned a corner and I saw what I thought were monkeys in the trees.  It turned out to be codomudi's or something like that.  We pulled off the side of the road to watch the three play in the tree tops.  Just as we were settling in for the show and car came around the corner and honked its horn at least 5 times.  It was a drivers education car and all the occupants were smiling and waving at me.  I am usually very friendly but this time I wanted them to go away so I could watch the wildlife.  Instead, the wildlife left because of all the noise.  Ah well, they did not realize that they were scaring the animals.  We sat and enjoyed the birds that remained in the trees.

Not an hour later that same drivers education car was coming up a hill behind me.  I could see the front right bumper near me and then the driver slammed on his brakes when a truck came barreling around the corner.  Then he popped the clutch when he tried to get going again.  Ah the pains of learning to drive a car. At least he did not hit. me.

The ride - it was 13.1 k to the first pass at 1085 m ( 3560 feet) then down to a valley at 725 m (2378 feet).  The second pass is at k 31 at 1080 m ( 3542 feet).  Then it was a nice 12 k downhill to Mengla at 585 m.

We stayed in Mengla for a rest day and tried to connect to the Internet.  No such luck, once again we were not allowed to connect.  China has gotten very frustrating with the internet. We could not find a wireless connection so we could not get around it this time.  Mengla is a nice modern town with lots of shopping.  I will miss the ease of buying things in China.

Ascend 890 m (2919 feet)  descend 910 m (2985 feet)

45 km
Dec 23 Mengla - Mohan 840 m.  The ride was rolling with a gentle climb up to Mohan.  They are building an expressway to the border with Laos and I know in a few months time this road will be a mess.  But for now it is in relatively good shape.   Soon we will be leaving China, I have a lot of business to catch up on.  It has been very difficult to fax, phone, and send email in the last month or so ( I even tried to find a postcard to send and there were none).  So I have put a lot of this off until Laos where these activities are not controlled by the government.  I have never experienced such paranoia from a government before.  60 km
Dec 24 Mohan.  A day off to catch up on laundry and other chores.  There was a washing machine at the hotel but the guy in charge did not let me use it.  I was sad that we had to do a huge amount of laundry by hand.  He gave me a large bucket to do our wash, yeah, thanks.  It seemed everyone else in the hotel could use the machine.  I even offered to pay, no dice.  Some days the simplest things can be so difficult.  Well the sun never really came out today so our clothes did not dry and got a sour smell to them.  The wet climate of the jungle can be a tough place to do laundry.  

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INDEX #3: SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to 9-15-06

1North and
Central America
3-30-02 to 4-17-03

2 South America
6-3-03 to 6-17-04

3 SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to
9-15-06

4 Australia
9-15-06 to 9-15-07

5 New Zealand
9-16-07 to 5-2-08
6 Alaska, Canada, and the USA
5-3-08 to 4-30-10
7 India. Nepal, and the Subcontinent
5-1-10 to present


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November 22 - December 15, 2004
Thailand
Bangkok, to Aranyaprathet, Thailand

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Thailand #1

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INTRO Crossing Over to the Other Side: Relocating to Asia

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- Bangkok, Thailand
- Royal Barge Museum
- Wat Arun in Bangkok, Thailand
- Wat Phra Kaew and Temple of the Emerald Buddha
- Pictures of Wat Pho
- Bangkok to Chanthaburi, Thailand.
- Island Ko Samet National Park
- Thailand's famous Thai Food
- Chanthaburi to Aranya Prathet and the Cambodian border.


 

 December 16- January 16, 2005
Cambodia and Angkor Wat
Poipet to Tien Bien, Cambodia

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Cindie's Cambodia Daily Journal

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Cambodia: Poverty Does Not Equal Crime.

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- Pictures of  Poverty in Cambodia: Poipet to Siem Reap
- Picture from Angkor Wat, Cambodia
- Temples Bayon, Angkor Thom
Ta Prom (Temple where Tomb Raider was filmed)
- Preah Khan, Neak Poan, Eastern Mebon, Banteay Kei, Ta Som, Pre Rup

- Siem Reap, Cambodia
- Siem Reap to Phnom Penh
- Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Tuol Sleng S.21 Museum of Genocidal Crime
- Killing Fields of Pol Pot Cambodia
- Phnom Penh to Tinh Bien


 

(January 16 - February 17 , 2005)
Vietnam #1.
Tinh Bien to Cau Ganh, Vietnam

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Cindie's Online South Vietnam Journal

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Best Place to see Pictures
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- Chau Doc to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
- Floating Market and Boat Trip Tour
- Vietnam War Remnants Museum
- Cuchi Tunnels, Saigon, Vietnam
- Cuchi Tunnels Cu Chi near Saigon, Vietnam
- Pictures from Dalat, Vietnam
- Bicycling from Dalat to Buon Ma Thuot
- Jun Village
- Buon Ma Thuot to Cau Ganh


 
(February 18. - April 2, 2005)
Vietnam #2.
Cau Ganh, to Lang Son, Vietnam

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Cindie's Daily Journal for North Vietnam.

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North Vietnam Thumbnail Pictures.

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- Cau Ganh to Hoi An
- Hoi An, Vietnam
- China Beach to Hue.
- Marble Mountain
- The Citadel in Hue
- Impoverished Highland Market Can Cau.
- Poverty Village of Bac Ha.

Hanoi water puppet


 
(April 3 - May 21, 2005)
Guangxi, China
Pingxiang to CongJiang, China

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Finally in China!

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Three Years and Still Going

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Best Thumbnail Pictures of Guangxi, China

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- Pingxiang to Nanning, China
- Nanning, Guangxi to Liuzhou
- China's Karst Topography Landscape.
- Liuzhou to Yangshou, Guangxi, China
- Zhuo Yue English College in Yangshuo, China
- Li River bamboo boat trip in Yangshou..
- Ancient Chinese Stone Village of Fuli.
- Impressions light, dance, and music.
- Mountain biking through Yu Long Valley.
- Guilin to Congjiang Guangxi, China
- Reed Flute Cave Guilin China.
- Ping'an Guangxi, China.
- Dragon's Backbone and Rice Terraces.


 

May 22 - June 27, 2005

  Guizhou and Hunan, China
Congjiang to Zhangjiajie National Park China

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Guizhou, China

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Made in China: Free Birds in a Caged World!

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Pictures of Guizhou, China.

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- Congjiang to Kaili, Guizhou, China
- Kaili Guizhou - Wulingyuan National Park, Hunan.
- Wulingyuan (Zhangjiajie) National Park, Hunan.


 

(June 28 - July 15, 2005)

Beijing, China

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Beijing, China daily Blog and Journal

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Best and favorite pictures from Beijing, China

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- Pictures from Beijing, China
- Pictures of Forbidden City, China
- Summer Palace
- Great Wall from Jinshanling Simatai, China.
- Badaling Section of the Great Wall of China


 

(July 16 - Sept. 3, 2005)
Inner Mongolia and Shanxi, China.
Beijing to Xian, Shaanxi, China

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Cindie's Inner Mongolia and Shanxi, China daily journal (blog)

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The Many Faces of China: Inner Mongolia and Shanxi, Provinces.!

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- Beijing to Jining, Inner Mongolia.
- Grasslands of Jining, to Wuchuan (near) Hohhot
- Hohhot to Bautou, Inner Mongolia, China
- Wudang Lamasary
- Bautou to Yulin, Shanxi, China with Photos from Genghis Khan's Mausoleum.
- Yulin to Yanan, Shaanxi, China
- Chairman Mao's Headquarters and Residence in Yanan, China.
- Yanan to Xian, Shaanxi, China.
- Terracotta Warriors #1
- Terracotta Warriors #2.


 

 (Sept. 4 - Oct. 29, 2005)

Sichuan, China
Chengdu, to Zongdian, China

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Into Occupied Territory: Tibet!

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- Giant Panda Breeding Center #1
- Red Panda  in Chengdu, Sichuan, China #2
- Chengdu to Kangding.
- Kangding, Sichuan, located in Southwestern China.
- Mugecuo Lake near Kangding, Sichuan, China.
- Kangding to Xinduqiao
- Xinduqiao to Tibetan Home Stay.
- Tibetan Home Stay to 4718 meter (15,475 feet)
- to Litang, Sichuan, China.
- Litang Lamasary Tibetan Buddhist Monk Monastery
- Litang to Sumdo, Tibet
- Sumdo to Xiangcheng
- Xiangcheng to Derong, Tibet.
- Derong, Sichuan Province to Tibetan Shangri-La, (Zongdian)


 

(Oct. 30 - Dec. 24, 2005)

Yunnan, China
Zongdian to Mohan, China

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Yunnan daily blog - journal

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Out of China: slipping past the watchful eye of censorship.

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- Shangri-La, - Lijiang - Dali, China.
- Dali to Jingdong, Yunnan
- Jingdong to Puer
- Puer to Jinghong, Yunnan, China
- Xishuangbanna Tropical Flowers and Plants Garden.
- Mengla to Mohan, Yunnan, China (border with Laos))


 

December.25, 2005 - January 23, 2006
Laos
Boten to Vientiane

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Laos daily blog journal

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- Boten to Oudomxia, Laos.
- Laos Wood Carving Factory
- Oudomaxi - Luang Pabong
- Luang Phrabang, Laos: Monks, Wats, and a boat tour on the Mekong River.
- Luang Phrabang to Vang Vieng, #1
- Luang Phrabang to Vang Vieng, #2
- Vientiane, Laos


 

January 23 - March 12, 2006

Northeast Thailand
Nong Khai, Thailand to Bangkok

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Northeast Thailand Blog and Daily Journal

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Four Years DownTheRoad!

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- Nong Khai to Dan Si
- Dan Si to Lop Buri
- The Ancient Ruins and Historic Temples of Ayuthaya
- Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand.


 

(March 13 - April 18, 2006)

Southern Thailand
Hua Hin to Satun, Thailand

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Cindie's latest daily journal for South Thailand.  Now with over 4 years of entries!

5 minute Thailand Video
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Pictures from South Thailand.

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- Hua Hin to Ranong
- Ranong to Krabi
- Boat Tour of Ao Phang Nga Bay
- Ko Lanta Beach to Satun Tropical Thailand


 

(April 18 - Sept. 15, 2006)

  Malaysia #1
Langkawi, Malaysia to Parit Buntar

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Two 1-Way Tickets to Australia Please

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- Langkawi to Nebong Tebal
- Underwater World Aquarium Langkawi
- Bird Paradise, Langkawi, Malaysia.
- Malaysian Home Stay and Cyclist Guest House.
- Traditional Tamil Indian Wedding
- Malaysian Home Cooking and Traditional Food
- Hand Made Pottery Factory
- Chinese Fishing Village and Party.
- Toddy Plantation Farm and Palm Oil Production.
- Malaysian Chinese Temple of Heaven and Hell.
- Malaysian Indian Hindu Temple and Religious Ceremony

 

(May to August, 2006)
Malaysia #2

Tanah Rata to Taiping, Malaysia

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- Cameron Highlands Trails and National Park
- Butterfly Garden
- Boh Tea and Sungai Palas Tea Plantation and farm
- Mardi Research Center, Tanah Rata
- Tanah Rata, Cameroon Highlands, Malaysia
- Indian Fire Walking Ceremony at the Hindu Temple
- Our 8th Wedding Anniversary the Cultural Indian Way
- Chinese Cultural Opera and Traditional Arts Celebration
- Malaysian Indian Religion
- Malaysian Guesthouse and Homestay #2

 

(July - Sept. 15, 2006)
 
Malaysia #3 and Singapore.
Taiping, Malaysia to Singapore

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- Penang hill Chinese Temple
- Taiping to Melaka, Malaysia.
- Taman Alam Kuala Selangor Natural Park
- Melaka, Malaysia, Southeast Asia.
- Cheng Hoon Teng Temple and Chinese Hill (Bukit China) Cemetery
- Melaka, Malaysia to Singapore


1North and
Central America
3-30-02 to 4-17-03

2 South America
6-3-03 to 6-17-04

3 SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to
9-15-06

4 Australia
9-15-06 to 9-15-07

5 New Zealand
9-16-07 to 5-2-08
6 Alaska, Canada, and the USA
5-3-08 to 4-30-10
7 India. Nepal, and the Subcontinent
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