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Lostwithiel Cornwall :England

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Beautiful culture

It’s still a common practice  to help one another in villages. When someone builds a house, the whole neighbourhood will come and  help them. Beautiful culture !

Guizhou buyi


Playboy : Chinese version

Chinese playboy

Chinese playboy

inside the shop


Buyi village

Buyi village GuizhouThe Buyi ( also known as Buyei, Puyi ) are one of the ethnic groups in China.  Most of them are living in Guizhou province and Yunnan province in China.


Making bamboo baskets

village bamboo craftA man in a village is making bamboo basket

bamboo product


Village bridge

Village bridge


Chinese palm reading

Chinese palm reader

Chinese palm readerChinese palm reading

Chinese palm reading


Harvest time

Harvest Guizhou Miao villageHarvest NanHua MiaoLocation :  Nanhua Miao village. Guizhou Province China


JiuZhou : Part 2

Jiuzhou Old ChurchOld Church Huangping JiuZhou GuizhouDuring the Red Armys Long March, they got lost and came to this church and asked for help from a French missionary. This missionary gave them a map of Guizhou, which he had made. That is how the Red Army found their way back.

Huangping Jiuzhou old church Guzhou

This house used to be a French Missionaries quarters

Old Church Huangping JiuZhou GuizhouThis Church is about 150 years old.

Church Huangping JiuZhou Guizhou

Inside the Church

JiuZhou Huangping Guizhou

This area used to be an American Air base during the 2nd World War

Jiuzhou Huangping County Guizhou

A statue of an American Army general who helped the Chinese from Japanese invasion

Old town Jiuzhou Huangping county


JiuZhou: Part 1

A small town called JiuZhou in Huangping county, Guizhou province is not a typical Chinese tourist town; busy and commercial. The town has witnessed historical events in its own significance. During World War II – the American Air base was just outside of this town. And during the Red Army’s long march, Gen. Zhou Enlai, Chaiman Mao Zedong and many other leaders met up in this town.

JiuZhou Huangping old town

JiuZhou Huangping Old Town

Jiuzhou Huangping Ancient town GuizhouThis building used to be a Communist Party gathering place

JiuZhou Huangping Guzihou Ancient town

JiuZhou Huangping GuzihouThis is where General Zhou Enlai, Chairman Mao and his compatriots met up. During the Red Army -Long march

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JiuZhou Huangpiang Guizhou

JiuZhou Huangping Guizhou

Jiuzhou huangping Guizhou

Jiuzhou huangping guizhou old townQuiet but not deserted


Mushroom seller

wild mushroom seller

mushroom sellerLocation : Guizhou Province China


Another fake apple store in China ?

In the month of July, 2011 a fellow blogger ‘ BirdAbroad’ posted some pictures of an apple store in Kunming Yunnan province, China. Which turn out to be a fake apple store ! Her blog post was mentioned in different international news. I am sure you follow that news.

Last Sunday ( 25.September.2011 ) I walk passed an ‘ apple store’ in Kaili, Guizhou Province, China. Kaili is a very small city in Guizhou province. It’s a prefecture of Miao and Dong. According to wikipedia : Kaili has a population of only 50,000 . That’s a very small population for a city in China. As I saw this ‘apple store’, I remember reading on a blog ( BirdAbroad ) ” Apple never writes “Apple Store” on it’s signs – it just puts up the glowing, iconic fruit.”  But this ‘apple store’ had written SMART STORE besides the apple sign. As I walked in, i saw ipad, iphones, Macbook, Macbook Pro but I did not see MacBook Air. And there was plenty of  apple accessories. All the workers were wearing blue t-shirts. I wonder if this is just another fake apple store in China !

fake apple storeThe entrance of the store

fake apple store chinaInside the store

fake apple store chinaI was hesitate to take an obvious photo!

Fake apple storeThis is taken from the opposite store

Kaili Guizhou

A street of Kaili Guizhou China


Golitha Falls

Golitha Falls are situated near the  famous Bodmin Moor. The name Golitha derives from the old Cornish word for obstruction. It is an area of old woodland, the famous Fowey river runs alongside it. As you walk through the wood and beside the river, the fresh air will refresh you. It’s not a very long walk, but it’s definitely worth walking.

Golitha Falls Cornwall

Golitha Falls

Golitha Falls

Trees and stones are covered with moss

Golitha Falls

Golitha Falls Cornwall

Golitha FallsGolitha Falls


A typical village kitchen

Village kitchen

He was about to fry eggs

fire place

These pictures are taken in a remote BUYI village, in Guizhou province China.

 


Bullfighting Festival : Bull Vrs Bull

Bull fighting competitions are a part of the Miao ethnic minority culture in China. Normally bullfight competitions are held during the bull festival in the 25th day of the first lunar month. But it’s also common to hold bull fight competitions at different times throughout the year especially in surrounding villages in Kaili city in Qiandongnan prefecture in Guizhou.

I am sure you have heard or seen the Spanish ( Latin American ) bull-fight –tauromachia–corrida de torso : where one or more bulls are baited in a bullring for sports and entertainment. In which a matador will kill a bull by the end of the game.

But this Miao Bullfighting is very different. Its not a combat between man and a bull; it’s a bull and a bull fighting each other.

Bullfighting festival

Miao Bullfighting festival

Miao bulfighting festival

The crowd

Bullfighting Festival Miao Guizhou

Bullfighting festival Miao Guizhou

Bullfighting Festival Miao Guizhou


Venice of The East : Old Town of Lijiang

We are  sitting in a house ( bar ) which was built in the  SONG DYNASTY ( 960 – 1279 ), Indian chicken curry and  Italian expresso was served; LADY GAGA music played in the background ! Many people claimed that Old Town of Lijiang in Yunnan Province, China is ‘ VENICE  of THE EAST‘ ! Maybe i can’t make a fair judgement since I have never been to Venice in Italy; however  this place  is THE VENICE Of The EAST  for me !  :-) 800 years old–Old Town Lijiang — UNESCO World Heritage town is one of the most romantic places I have ever been to in China. The cobblestone in the streets, clean water that runs through Old town and beautiful SONG DYNASTY architectures ; and of course the fascinating NAXI ( Nakhi ) ethnic cultures and traditions that still rule this touristic town.

Old Town Lijiang

Lijiang Old Town

Roast pig

Venice of the east

prayer tag

Prayer Tag : You can write your own or you can use the readymade and put it here

Old town Lijiang

An overview of Old Town of Lijiang

Old Town Lijiang

Old Town Lijiang


A visit to the largest Miao village in China : Xijiang Guizhou

Xijiang is a Miao village in Qiandong nan Miao and Dong prefecture, in Guizhou province. Its only 45 minutes bus ride from Kaili the Qian Dong Nan capital city. There is around over a thousand households, which amounts to a populations of 5500- 6000. But, in recent years many young people have left for higher study or to work in other provinces and cities.

Most of the houses are traditional Miao-wooden houses. The village is near Leigong Shan nature protected area, so its surrounded by beautiful mountains and rivers along the village.

Last week I went with my friend Jim, as soon as we arrived we hiked around to the rice field area, where there is a lot of wet-terraces. To me this side of the village is more beautiful than the actual village.

We were trying to capture the most amazing landscapes, but the weather was not at it’s best; cloudy and misty.

There are plenty of Miao Family guest houses, which are traditional wooden houses. The price range per bed will be  from 30-50 RMB. We stayed at The Village King’s Guest ( in most of the villages in China, they would call him: cun zhang -village Chief   which is not heredity. But in this village it is heredity, if he has a son, the kingship will go on to the son, he is called Miao Wang -Miao King )  house, the room was nice and clean!

And the King was very friendly, my friend Jim chatted with him for about 1 hr.

Guizhou xijiang Miao village

xijiang miao village Guizhou

xijiang miao village guizhou

Xijiang Miao Village Guizhou

Xijiang Miao

Rice ready to plant

xijiang guizhou miao village

Performance ground

Guizhou Xijiang Miao LushengMiao men playing their traditional musical instruments called Lusheng.

Guizhou Xijiang miao womenMiao ladies performing their traditional dance

Guizhou xijiangDried-corn ( maize )

Xijiang Guizhou Miao village

Xijiang Miao VillageNight View

Guizhou xijiang Miao villageA view from where we stayed

Xijiang Miao Village


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