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Nov 17, 2017 - Thailand in a Squishy Banana

Jinghong is the largest city in the Xishuangbanna (Squishy banana) prefecture in the extreme south of Yunnan, China. It straddles the Mekong, which the Chinese call the "Lancang River". We chose it as a destination while we were literally chilling in Shangri-La, and were keen to find hot, humid weather “somewhere in China”. As with most of Yunnan province, about half the people are tribal, meaning not of Han-Chinese descent. Thus, Xishuanbana is noted for its distinct culture and gets visitors from other parts of the country because it is...

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Dec 18, 2010 - Update from Xishuangbanna

Total days on the road: 263 Total days with butts on the bikes:125 Total KM in India: 3246 Total KM in China as of 12/20: 3965 Well, at one point I thought 30 days in China might be enough; maybe too much. Now, it's the 19th day of December, we're still in China and there's too much to see and do with only two weeks left on our 3 month visa. I need to take back the earlier comment on how good the roads were and how easy the riding had been.... Once we entered China's province of Yunnan the roads deteriorated and the mountains grew. Maybe we...

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Dec 18, 2008 - Jinghong

hey so after nearly 20 hours on a train from guilin to kunming, a night over in kunming, and a 10 hour bus ride from kunming, i have finally arrived in jinghong in the xishuangbana region of the yunnan province in china. really not much to say yet as i just got here, but its nice and hot, and even coming up on january, its very humid, which im not used to, explaining the breakout out of sweating that happened right when i got off the bus. more to come

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Nov 16, 2007 - Toileting In China

I want to point out that this entry is an "unedited" version, as my trusty editor refuses to read anything I write about toilets or bodily functions! However, there are a few things about toileting in China that surprised even me, seasoned traveller that I am. I'll begin with toilet training of young infants. When I first started travelling many, many moons ago (no, not that kind of moon) I learned that most people in developing countries don't diaper their babies. In warm climates, babies are often kept naked or else a small cloth is...

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Nov 14, 2007 - Squishy Banana

At last we arrived in Jinghong, the capital of the Xishuangbanna region of southern Yunnan province. Xishuangbanna ('Banna') is the Chinese approximation of the original Thai name meaning Twelve Rice Growing Districts. When I told my daughter, Adia, that we were visiting 'Banna', she said, "Oh, we all called it squishy banana". She had arrived in Jinghong in 1999 after travelling overland from Laos on equally terrible roads. The region is just north of China's border with Myanmar (Burma) and Laos, and has become one of the most visited...

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Nov 11, 2007 - China's Country Roads

What incredible luck! After enduring a full day of rain in Dali, the sun was bright and the sky blue as we set out for our long drive through the back roads of southern Yunnan province. We followed a small provincial highway that led through mountainous terrain, climbing and descending into valleys to work our way south. There are scattered villages everywhere and fields planted with vegetables and soybeans wherever possible. Whenever we looked ahead, we could see layers and layers of mountains off in the distance. I often wondered how the...

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Aug 12, 2006 - Jinghong, China

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2006. JINGHONG, CHINA. Spent yesterday exploring this region called Xixhuangbanna, known for its many minorities, with Henry, a Chinese student I met on the sleeper from Kunming. Most of the places we visited were overpriced and catered to Chinese group tourism. I've decided to head into Laos tomorrow via Mengla.

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Feb 24, 2006 - Busing in Xīshuāngbănnà

Jinghong, China As public buses in China are quite a unique experience, we thought that maybe we'd present a glimpse. (Sorry -no bus photos though.) It should really be titled "Busing in Southern China", but I just wanted to get the word "Xīshuāngbănnà" in there. I think its a region of the Yunnan Province. Firstly, spitting is very common in China, especially in the rural areas. Better out than in is the way the Chinese view it. Most Chinese begin their day with a loud HUWACK! followed by the inevitable discharge. (Ann found this Chinese...

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May 9, 2005 - Monglan

Woke up to find the rain had at last stopped and instead the sun had made an appearance. Hopefully that means monsoon season hasn't started yet after all. Time to move on to Monglan an hour south. Arrived in the searing heat and a blazing sun and quickly found room at a local restaurant. Basic but for a pound a night we can't really complain. The next job was harder; to find bikes and take to the olive plains and visit some local Dai villages. We eventually found some 'acceptable' bikes which by British standard means pretty poor. We had a...

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May 8, 2005 - Jinghong

We woke up to find the rain was still hammering down. It didn't change much throughout the rest of the day so there is little to say. We have had a lazy morning in our room practicing Chinese and this afternoon we entered the rainstorm and had a look around the city, stopping off at the market to buy bananas and the post office to get stamps for the postcards we have now sent. Thats about it. Probably the shortest day's description so far. Day 70 complete

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May 7, 2005 - Flight to Jinghong

Anna reporting: Writing this entry it seems much longer than 12 hours ago that we were traipsing the blissfully empty sleeps of Lijiang headed for the 8am express bus to New Dali. I slept for most of the journey and awoke to find us stuck in a traffic jam. In our experience jams do not really happen in China - at the moment the roads are mainly used by big trucks and buses and the flow of traffic is light. Thankfully the accident was cleared to the side of the road and we were moving again within the hour. I am surprised there wasn't...

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Jul 23, 2004 - Kunming -> Jinghong

Als laatste trip in china de 13 uur durende busrit naar Jinghong, waar we het vliegtuig naar Thailand nemen. Dat zou een eitje moeten zijn na de treinreis van 37 uur. We hebben al sinds de ochtend van de 21e in Xi'an niet meer in een hotel gezeten en dus ook niet gedouched. Kaartjes kopen gaat vrij makkelijk bij het busstation. We vragen om plaatsen achterin, omdat daar de bedden iets langer zijn. Zo vertrekken we voor de laatste etappe in wat langzamerhand de Tour De Chine genoemd kan worden. Vorige keer was de busrit van Jinghong naar...

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