Tag Archives: Minorities

Chinese batik

Dear friends, I began this blog in the hopes not just of speaking about living and traveling in China, but also to call attention to some of the less well-known facts of Chinese life and lore. Among these are the … Continue reading

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On the rocks

You didn’t think I was finished with Shaxi and the valleys of western Yunnan did you? As a site central to the power of the Dali and Nanzhao kings, the region was a center of flowering culture – on mercifully … Continue reading

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The Other Silk Road

This is the first of several entries about one of the most interesting off-the-beaten path places I visited in China – the old Tea and Horse Caravan Trail town of Shaxi. Everyone knows about the old Silk Road(s) which passed … Continue reading

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Rammed Earth Lasts Longer

During the Cold War US Spy Satellites trained their electronic eyes on China – as they did just about everywhere else. In the mountains of Fujian they snapped images of massive round structures deep in hidden valleys. Alarmed these could … Continue reading

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Off the Beaten Path in China

We all know about the most famous – and justifiably so – sites across China: the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, the Shanghai Bund. Indeed their fame is such that a wide variety of travel packages attempt to … Continue reading

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