Shaxi Friday Market along the Tea Horse Trail

The Shaxi Friday Market runs … well … every Friday, from the morning to mid afternoon. The town itself (pronounced “Shasee”) lies midway between Yunnan Province’s larger cities of Lijiang and Dali. But it makes up in significance what it may lack in size. The Tea Horse and Caravan Trail It is here that the most complete,…

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Hello, Dali!

Of all the places we’ve visited in China, Dali probably wins out as our favorite. Located in China’s southwest Yunnan Province — about a two hour train ride south from Lijiang — Dali was once known as China’s backpacker paradise but is said to have lost some of its granola appeal in the last decade….

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Yunnan Province: Lijiang, Shuhe and Baisha

Last month, Sam and I visited the Yunnan Province in Southwest China. Our original plan was to fly into Lijiang, hike the Tiger Leaping Gorge, take the bus up to Shangri-La* before flying back out of Lijiang. (*Funny you should ask: the town of Shangri-La (formerly known as Zhongdian) is named after the mysterious place in James Hilton’s…

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