Trevor Stone Explores the Middle Kingdom :: Travels in China
I spent a month in early 2008 traveling in China with my friend
The trip spanned Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) and Lantern Festival.
Despite national travel chaos due to blizzards in much of China, our trip
through southern China was full of blue skies and pleasant temperatures.
This page will be a record of much that was done and said, but writing
down a whole month's experiences is long work. So to start with
it's got is a summary,
a daily log,
a list of 88 auspicious things I did,
a list of what's hot in Xishuangbanna, and
several hundred pictures.
Most links (outside of navigation bars) on these pages will open in a new
window or tab. Subsequent links will reuse that target, so you can easily
follow the story and the pictures.
- Molly, Communications Officer. Dressed in a scarf.
- A linguist by training and hobby, this Peace Corps veteran jumped at
the chance to teach English, learn Chinese, soak up culture, and devour
new fruits, all within an El Sobrante fortnight. As the story begins,
she has lived in Xiamen on the Fujian coast for five months.
- Trevor, Navigator. Dressed in a hat.
- A software engineer by profession, Trevor has spent much of his
life enjoying Chinese food, Chinese philosophy, and Chinese style.
His desire to take a month off work and travel somewhere warm during
early 2008 conveniently coincided with a guide with half a year of
Chinese experience and a month of free time.
- The People of China, The Locals. Dressed in coats.
- With over 1.2 billion citizens, the Middle Kingdom happily provides
a wide variety of supporting characters and extras from Han entrepreneurs
to Naxi innkeepers to Dai monks to Tibetan drummers.
- Several Small Furry Creatures, Comic Relief. Dressed in furs.
- Dancing dogs, coy cats, and a masturbating monkey can't speak Chinese
. The bus
showed red dirt and felt like Peru. They hiked
Tiger Leaping Gorge
and ate orbs
for Spring Fest
. The pancake
, was very fruity. At
Liang Shan, they paid a fee
to climb up
a karst tor
. The bathroom cost wu jiao
but they acquired some fen
. Shi Hu Zi
was the oddest
looking person many Chinese had ever seen.
they talked about Python
and linguistic qi
and hugged each other like a
We're a little better for the wear.