Known as the "City of Eternal Spring", Yunnan's capital - Kunming, proved itself to be the "City of Eternal Building" with construction sites ahoy, and provided an interesting insight into the new (shopaholic) China

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Tiger Leaping Gorge

Two days trekking in Tiger Leaping Gorge (apparently the world's narrowest gorge), allowed us to experience the joy of vertigo at 3000m, and again work on leg muscles that we didn't previously know existed

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Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Lured by the poetry of the name and the desire to see the great glacier, Kate attempted a summit of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, not far from Lijiang

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The city formerly known as Zhongdian has now been identified as the fabled Shangri La (and renamed by the astute local PR department!). We bought the hype and came to see this 'lost horizon' for ourselves...

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The impossibly pretty old city of Lijiang had us swooning over her cobble-stoned streets and lantern-fringed alley-ways as we continued our cycling odyssey around China

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An ancient Chinese medieval city which now attracts hordes of visitors. But we managed to avoid the crowds and tourist shops when we stayed in a quirky hotel in a quiet part of town.

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Yuanyang Rice Terraces

The spectacular site of Yuanyang's vast rice terraces - an agricultural marvel that is transformed at sunrise and sunset by the play of light on the water and the rising of mist in the valley

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An epic overland bus trip brought us to a small, secluded town near Yuanyang - launching pad for our explorations of the famous rice terraces

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Our first taste of Yunnan, the little city of Jinghong also delivered our first taste of the local BBQ Night Market (and the apparent delicacy of "Fried Mekong River Moss" - otherwise known as 'slime') Tasty!

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Hong Kong

A brief pit-stop in downtown Honkers to catch up with the lovely Gilles + Vanessa, search for that elusive har gao and enjoy a little big city luxury... momentarily!

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