In this episode of the podcast, I talk about my bicycle trip with Katie through Yunnan Province in China. We bought
for the Chinese New Year, loaded them with gear and took off for a two-week adventure. At least that was the plan.
While the trip was basically a disaster, we did learn some valuable lessons (or at least some of our previously-learned valuable lessons were reinforced):
- Most people are good. They'll encourage you and look out for you. Especially when things are going badly. I think people can feel it when you're down on your luck, and they'll do their best to help. That's the nature of humanity.
- Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
- When things aren't working, don't be afraid to change your plans. That's how we stumbled upon the Jingpo festival, as seen in the video and photos below.
That being said, let's listen to the story of our bike trip:
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Here's a short video I made at the Jingpo festival we stumbled upon:
Jingpo Nao Song Festival 景颇族瑙纵歌节
This website has more information about the festival. It's written in Chinese, but it has many beautiful photos, and a professional video.
Here are some photos from this episode:
Monks coming out of the Ta Er Si Monastery in Xining.
More photos from Ta Er Si
On a stroll through the Muslim Quarter in Xi'An.
More photos from Xi'An
More photos from Lugu Lake
Our first night in Tiger Leaping Gorge.
More photos from Tiger Leaping Gorge
Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, near Shangrli-La, Yunnan.
More photos from Ganden Sumtseling Monastery
An afternoon at Napa Lake, near Shangri-La.
More photos from Napa Lake
New Year's Eve in Shaxi.
More photos from Shaxi
Katie, before it all went to shit.
More photos from our bike trip
Katie looks across the border to Myanmar.
More photos from Rui Li
And here are a few photos from the Jingpo festival in Long Chuan:
This man stuck with us all afternoon. He was 77 years old and had never met a foreigner. He spoke limited Chinese, but luckily a young man was able to translate from Jingpo to Chinese, and then I could do a rough translation from Chinese to English for Katie's benefit.
More photos from Long Chuan