We kinda drop the ball on this page. I’ll still keep it here for the China photos, but for more updated photo updates. Jo’s “Panorama Power” album on Facebook is a good place to have a quick peek at our latest photos. For play by play updates, look for “njl333” on Instagram. I swear, Jo is addicted to that thing.
I know… Updates to the blog have been coming in slowly. Believe it or not, we do need time to read through and edit what we wrote. As the heading suggests, this page will feature our unedited notes or first thoughts for each of our travel days. To make reading this gibberish bearable, we will include up to 3 shots from our camera phones that we think best represent the day in question.
Why from our camera phones?
Because most of the time, they are the ones that are the most readily available. To me, that means they will probably capture things that caught our eyes at the particular instant. And even though I like to indulge in the occasional DI (mostly to make Jo look fatter) (because it amuses me), I promise the photos will be mostly un-photoshopped. (Warning: The Photoshop fat prank should only be attempted by professionally trained husbands/significant others)
Catching the sunrise on the deck
Cruisin’ through The Lesser Three Gorges, and the Lesser Lesser Three Gorges (Seriously!!)
Eat sleep eat sleep on The Victoria Empress
The amazing navigating skills of the Empress’ Captain
Shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Project
Day 2 in Zhangjiajie – 乌龙寨，天子山，十里画廊
Almost missing this incredible view of Tianbo Mansion because we unwittingly allowed ourselves to have our fortunes told
Tianwei getting attacked by a macaque (who ran off with an unopened packet of instant noodles… bon appetit)
Super happening night market in Zhangjiajie city with its topless dancing kebab sellers (male ones hmmm.)
Day 1 in Zhangjiajie – The Golden Whip Stream and Yang Jia Jie (金鞭溪，杨家界)
Being enchanted at Mi Hun Tai (literally The Enchanting Platform)
1000-year-old Sculptures & Calligraphy appreciation at Xi’an Bei Lin Museum
Biang2 biang2 mian4 for brunch!!
Shaanxi National Museum
Adventures of Tintin in 3D, for the same price as the Terracotta (something is not right with this world.)
Big Goose Pagoda Redux
Jo and the KFC egg tarts
Paying good money to work hard for your own food (Mutton Paomo)
Big Goose Pagoda (hur hur…)
Muslim Quarters with awesome street food
Hanging out at Zhang Ye (lots of 11 11 11 weddings)
Monk that coerced us to lie
Gambling scams on squeezy, bumpy buses
Nothing much… we reached Jiayuguan and basically lazed the day away
We ate more mutton!!!
Our Day of Rest (what we were SUPPOSED to do)
My first taste of Awesome Mutton
Nearly sliding down the ICE MOUNTAIN OF DOOM
Train Ride to Golmud – Worst city in China with the Worst.Hotel.Ever
Hot Spring enroute back to Lhasa
AWESOME last dinner with Tibetan tour group
Super Cold and Breathless night at Rongphu Monastery (someone almost died…. true story)
Barely catching the sunrise at Everest
Return Bus Ride to Shigatse through same dirt road (yaaaaaaay!!!)
Awesomely cheap and authentic Tibetan food. Waitress tried to warn us away saying that they only serve REAL Tibetan food
Continuation of loooooong drive (except that we are on a dirt road instead of a tarred one now). 102km of pure joy!
First view of Mount Everest, along with Mount Lhotse, Mount Mayalu and the awesomely named Mount Qowowuyag. (All more than 8000m)
Conquest of MOUNT EVEREST!!!……………………*whisper* Base Camp
Start of looooong drive to Mount Everest Base Camp
Of glaciers and Yamdrotso lake with the huge stone piles
Chuan Chuan Dinner with rest of group
Stopover at Shigatse with the BEST HOTEL ROOM SO FAR
Barkhor Street (again and again and again)
Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery
The smell of Yak Butter in the morning
DEBATING MONKS!!! Boo Yeah!
Can’t…..breathe…. otherwise known as back in Lhasa
Shrunken wrinkled pilgrims with such character on their faces, pacing through Barkhor market with their prayer beads and chupas
Waking up to the sunrise, and the train radio blaring “天路”
Idiotic TW behaving like a Patapon after hours spent playing on his PSP.
Happy Birthday Cai Hong!
Leisurely day reconnecting with the world through the internet
Last-minute panic shopping for supplies to last us a 44 hour train ride
Getting crammed into a teeny cabin with 2 demure Thai girls who never stop taking photos
the unbelievable genius of constructing Du Jiang Yan
When we spent more time with survivors of the Sichuan Earthquake
Hell of a track and worth every single minute
A MAD rush down the mountain
The elderly couple that seemed to have floated down the mountain.
Unexpected Change of plans – no more salmon at 4 ladies Mountain
Sichuan Earthquake Memorial sites
No entry to Flower Lake because it’s…. Autumn (duh…)
Sitting beside a pile of burning yak dung eating Zang Ba and raw mutton in a random Tibetan’s tent
Horse riding on endlessly vast plains
452-step climb to see the first bend of the Yellow River
Having a whole waterfall all to ourselves
Uncle Chang’s awesome palace
8 hour road trip to Jiuzhaigou
Staying with Ah Zhong and family
Meeting the five feisty girls
Standing on the spot where Liu Bei, Guan Yu & Zhang Fei became sworn brothers
Chengdu is a grey grey place