31 mars 2006

Baisha and Lijiang - DAY 2

The streams that trickle through Dayan emanate from the Black Dragon Pool, less than a kilometre north. Because the water here is a lucid green colour, it is also known as the Jade Spring and has been a public park since the Ming Dynasty. The Deyue Pavilion which stands in the middle of the pond, connected by the marble, five-arched bridge, was orginally erected in the 17th century. The smaller pavilion between five-arched bridge and the south bank of the pond serves as a complement. And tall weeping willows on either bank frame... [Lire la suite]
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30 mars 2006

The Naxi - Les Naxi

The Naxi is an ethny of the Tibeto-Burmese family that migrated out of the highlands of Eastern Tibet into Lijiang. The Naxi culture is influenced both by Hans and Tibetans. Native religion was based around the ritual specialist called the Dongba, a kind of modern-day Shaman, the relation between earth and heaven. The Dongba manuals are the only surviving hieroglyphic writing script. These manuals contain myths, legends and the history of the Naxi people. Naxi music was banned during the cultural revolution and the musicians were... [Lire la suite]
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29 mars 2006

Lijiang - DAY 1

This is our first day in China. We have arrived to Lijiang, a real gem in Northen Yunnan. Recently declared World Heritage Site by Unesco, the old Naxi city - called Dayan - is a well preserved traditional town with the snow peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain looming to its north. The city was founded in the wake of Kubilai Khan's campaign against the kingdom of Dali. The Naxi had helped the Mongol army and as their chieftain was later invested authority to rule the area, they moved their political centre here and built the city... [Lire la suite]
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28 mars 2006

An introduction to Yunnan / Présentation du Yunnan

Yunnan is the other China, the periphery, the borderlands where civilisations blend, peoples of different origins mix and Chinese influence is attenuated. In all China, no province can boast of as much diversity and attractions - physical, cultural and ethnic- as Yunnan. Almost the size of France, it borders Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. The extreme northwest touches Tibet but the rest of the northern boundary is with Sichuan. In the latter province, rain and clouds dominate the weather and supposedly when one of the Nanzhao princes... [Lire la suite]
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27 mars 2006

More on China / La Chine, encore

We're now back to Goma. It feels great being home again. Quite another world from where we come from. With all those souvenirs in our minds, we would like to share more with you about this whole experience in the Middle Kingdom. So we've decided to rewrite all our messages on China, that we will re-post everyday. We'll add more stories, provide more details on the culture and specificities of every place visited. We'll add much more photos also. Some say one photo is worth a thousand words. So imagine with a thousand photos... We'll... [Lire la suite]
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24 mars 2006

China in numbers - La Chine en chiffres

"When the great China will wake up, the whole world will quiver" These words uttered by Mao Zedong have never been so true. It is no doubt today that China is wide awake and that world powers are quivering. This is happening Chinese style: discreetly, without making a big fuss about it and without lots of media coverage. Right now, everything can be produced in China, big brands have branches there: they can buy raw material at competitive prices and have access to an active and growing workforce that is one of the cheapest... [Lire la suite]
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23 mars 2006

Japanese in China

We have to admit it... we are more and more like Japanese... At least like Japanese tourists visiting Paris or New York. More than a thousand (1000!!!) photos... That's what we've taken during our trip in China... in less than 20 days.... Yeah, some are great.... amazing faces... wonderful memories. Beautiful places. Was it so beautiful we got scared we would forget it (how could we...?) and snapped so much? Anyway, what is done is done. We'll share that with you very very soon. Hope... [Lire la suite]
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