From Vietnam To China

    Day 1

    Day 1 – Tuesday, April 10, 2012 – Depart Denver, CO to San Francisco, CA

    We spent a beautiful day in Colorado getting the house ready for our friend Tim who will stay with Buddha while we are on this new travel adventure. We had planned to leave at...

    Day 2

    Day 02 - Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - Overnight Flight to Taipei, Taiwan; International Date Line

    We were able to cool off a bit and calm our nerves in the Dynasty Lounge compliments of China Airlines. The atmosphere was very quiet and set the tone for the Asian Culture we...

    Day 3

    Day 03 - Thursday, April 12, 2012 - Flight from Taipei, Taiwan to Ha Noi, Vietnam; Take a Cyclo Ride; Visit Local Market; Cheo Musical Performance; Dinner.

    At 7:50 we boarded our A330 at Gate #9 and were greeted by Teresa, our China Airlines flight attendant, with a steaming cup...

    Day 4

    Day 04 - Friday, April 13, 2012 - Tai Chi at Hoan Kiem Lake; Tour of Hanoi; Temple of Literature; Dao Quan Bich Cau Temple; Visit Private Home; Ethnic Museum

    Good Morning Vietnam! We had pho for breakfast, a traditional Vietnamese rice noodle soup made with a clear broth. We...

    Day 5

    Day 05 - Saturday, April 14, 2012 - Boat Through the Trang An Grottoes; Visit Hoa Lu, Leisurely Dinner, Train to Lao Cai

    Pho for breakfast, listening to Creedence Clearwater Revival, and sitting next to four cheerful ladies from Sydney, AU… where are we? What a diverse culture we are...

    Day 6

    Day 06 - Sunday, April 15, 2011 - Train Arrival in Lao Cai; Drive to Bac Ha; Visit the Local Market; Lunch at a Tay Community and Visit Neighboring Homes; Drive to Sa Pa to the Hotel

    For some reason neither of us slept very well on the train; “clickity-clak”...

    Day 7

    Day 07 - Monday, April 16, 2012 - Visit Hill Tribe Villages; Meet People in Native Costume; Interact

    After a great night’s sleep, we woke up at 6:00 to a heavy fog and the temperature was 65°. The humidity was 94%.

    Our hotel is located high above the city so...

    Day 8

    Day 08 - Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - Visit the Market in Cốc Ly; Wander Ta Phin in the Afternoon; Dinner in the Evening

    Our day began early; Gennie woke up at 5:30 after a dream that she was going back to Lao Chai to teach kindergarten.

    We had hung...

    Day 9

    Day 09 - Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - Morning Drive to Lao Cai; Cross the Border with China; Drive to Mengzi; Continue to Jianshui

    We were up with the birds again today. At 5:45 we checked our mail and finished packing. After breakfast we put our bags out in the...

    Day 10

    Day 10 - Thursday, April 19, 2012 - Early Morning Visit the Zhu Family Garden Mansions; The Chaoyag Gate and Tower; The Walled City; The Sea of Learning Lake; and Pottery Production

    A note from Day 9 -The power came on about 10:45 last night so we got up and...

    Day 11

    Day 11 - Friday, April 20, 2012 - Visit Old City Market; Tuan Shan, Village from Qing Dynasty; Explore Shuan Glong Bridge; Dragon Boat ride through Swallow Nest Caves

    We met at 8:30 to go for breakfast. We sat at the tables of the noodle café right next door to...

    Day 12

    Day 12 - Saturday, April 21, 2012 Depart Jian Shui and Drive to Tong Hai to Experience the Mongol Heritage; Drive to Kun Ming

    The hotel had advised Tashi that the power would be off beginning at 7:00 this morning and then for the rest of the day. We got...

    Day 13

    Day 13 - Sunday, April 22, 2012 – Visit the Lu Feng World Dinosaur Valley; Drive to Dali; Visit the Valley Between 13,000' Peaks, Discuss the Trading History with Nations to the South

    April 22, Happy Earth Day! The temperature was 67° and the humidity was 63%. We left the...

    Day 14

    Day 14 - Monday, April 23, 2012 - Drive to Lijiang; Visit Xizhou; See the Old Town Lijiang and Ming Dynasty City and the Canals

    We woke up to sunny skies and the air was very fresh from the rain the night before. The temperature was 67° and the humidity...

    Day 15

    Day 15 - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - Explore the Lijiang Market; Yuhu Village; Naxi Museum; Black Hat Stupa; United Nations Heritage Site of Lijiang with the Matriarchal Naxi people and their Tibeto-Burman Language

    The day began with breakfast in the hotel. The temperature was 55° and the humidity was...

    Day 16

    Day 16 - Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - Visit to the Tibetan Plateau Seeing Fertile Fields, the Yangtze and Shudu Rivers to the Tiger Leaping Gorge and then on to Gyalthang

    We woke to cool weather; it was 57° and the humidity was 57% - that combination does not happen...

    Day 17

    Day 17 - Thursday, April 26, 2012 - Ganden Sumtseling Monastery; Zhongdian; Ringha Temple and Tibetan Home Visit

    This morning the skies were gray, but there was no rain early. The breakfast room was very crowded so we took a walk and came back later to eat. The temperature was...

    Day 18

    Day 18 - Friday, April 27, 2012 - Drive to the Yangtze Gorge; Visit Nishi to See Black Pottery; Travel to Gonjo for Wooden Bowls; Return to Gyalthang

    The hotel was very quiet this morning. There were just a few people in the breakfast room and all of the dishes...

    Day 19

    Day 19 - Saturday, April 28, 2012 - Extra Day in Gyalthang, China - Duane's Birthday; Valley of the Blue Moon Cable Car Ride; Visit Tibetan Family Home

    There was a glimpse of sunshine when we woke up; the temperature was 47° and the humidity was 73%. Today was an...

    Day 20

    Day 20 - Sunday, April 29, 2012 - Flight from Gyalthang to Kunming to Taipei, Taiwan

    We could see a little glimpse of the mountains this morning when we left the hotel at 8:30. After our 15 minute drive to the airport, it was raining heavily.

    We said goodbye and...

    Day 21

    Day 21 - Monday, April 30, 2012 - Flight from Taipei to San Francisco and San Francisco to Denver

    While we waited for our China Airlines flight to board, we talked with Joanne and Duane about our trip and the past 20 days we have spent together. Each of us...

    Day 22

    Myths and Mountains


    Le Van Cuong and Vietnam

    Trip Evaluation

    As we arrived in Hanoi we were met by Le Van Cuong and we were greeted warmly and a big smile. I asked for him to point me to an ATM...

    Day 23

    Myths and Mountains


    Tashi Lamasang and China

    Trip Evaluation

    Before we discuss the individual days in China with Tashi Lamasang, we should briefly mention the accommodations. Below I will list the hotels we used during the 11 full days in Yunnan...

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