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Old 07-19-2009, 05:11 AM   #1
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China - The Nujiang ordeal

This is my third trip to the province of Yunnan within 12 months. Yunnan provides the many diversity of landscape and cultures from different minorities which keeps drawing me back for more. Again, I am travelling with my buddy “Boundless Traveller” which I shall call him BT from then on.

We left our bikes in Yuxi City last time, so we have to go back there to pick up the bikes. As usually a bit of maintenance work on the bikes and some improvement on the setup is required.


I patiently awaits my turn when the mechanic is working on BT's KTM 640 ADV.



A group of bikers from Yuxi decided to escort us to our next stop Chuxiong since we started off on a weekend.


We found a nice place for lunch and a nice spot to park our bikes too.



Chinese love to try get their lunch money before food arrives on the table



Since it is a full day's ride to Chuxiong, we decided to have a light lunch
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Old 07-19-2009, 06:23 AM   #2
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Looking forward to another great ride report Franki, thanks as always for posting.

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Old 07-19-2009, 06:47 AM   #3
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Very cool.

I love seeing the landscapes of China, and you are also able to tell us about the people who live there.

I'll be sure to follow this Ride Report with great interest.
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:14 AM   #4
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This is some of the roads we ride on.



Riders in the field



One of the screws on my bike broke and I have to get it fixed. Paying is always a painful thing to do.
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:29 AM   #5
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There is a very old town 80km outside of Chuxiong call Heijing.



BT confirmed that 8x8 is better than his KTM



Folks in Heijing put green power in front of fossil power.




And it looks cuter than a hunk of metal too.



Lucky charms are being sold at a local hair salon. I did wonder why one need one when they go for a hair cut.
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:37 AM   #6
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Guest house is available and mostly inhabited by backpackers.



Carved wooden panel doors indicate Yunnan is a timber producing province.



Making art out of candy is a little kid's delight




Old lady accepting needle works by the street stall



This shop owner believes luck is more important than brand loyalty.
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:20 AM   #7
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It rained in the morning but stopped when we get on the road. Weather god has been kind to us.



An old carpenter going to work



School is out



Sand stone wall




Sand stone mansion



Kid surrounded by sand stone
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:22 AM   #8
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Looking forward to another great ride report Franki, thanks as always for posting.

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Thanks for your kind support from down under
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:25 AM   #9
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Very cool.

I love seeing the landscapes of China, and you are also able to tell us about the people who live there.

I'll be sure to follow this Ride Report with great interest.
Q~

Stay cool, this is going to be a long one. I am leaving for Yunnan again in a few days. I hope I can post 1/4 of the trip before my departure.
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Old 07-20-2009, 07:49 AM   #10
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Shot a few monochrome pix for old time feel

































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Old 07-20-2009, 08:04 AM   #11
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Old stone mills used as a garden decoration gives a peaceful feeling




Corner of the garden




Stone mills




Aged piller








Fei Lai Temple



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Old 07-20-2009, 08:08 AM   #12
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Heijing Gate




Giant baskets




Acient Google Earth
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:22 AM   #13
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We rode north to Dali with rain following us the whole day.


One way to self portriat




I think this is the only picture we took when we are both riding.




By the time we arrived Dali, rain has entered into my penniers. Lucky all my stuff were wrapped in plastic bags, so only need to dry out the boxes.




The rain stopped and I am in relax mode




Feeling hungry, we looked for food




Freshly made noodles are sold to folks to bring home for dinner




Char grilled 'Baridos'?




Flower stall




Dali people are mostly Bai tribe people.
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:26 AM   #14
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The rain starts again




This is the famous Foreigner Street filled with shops and hostels for backpackers.




Main strip of Dali Old Town




Market on a rainy day
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Old 07-20-2009, 08:34 AM   #15
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Then we decided to visit our friend who owns a Bar/Restaurant to get some free food




Entrance




Lounge area




Upstairs restaurant area




Cosy private room




Open floor area








Ohhh... the food is very good too. I love the Yunnan coffee. The place is called Tai Bai Lou on Foreigners Street.
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