Trekking Near Xiding (西定)

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Far from everywhere? No! Even more far! :) Please dive in!

We’ve decided to take the rare challenge and make a short track from Xiding to several nearby villages. It wasn’t an easy decision, since some tribes and villages even don’t speak Mandarin Chinese. Luckily, we’ve cooperated with an English guy (hello, Sam!) and moved ahead.

First day was easy more or less. We’ve started from Xiding and finished in a village called Zhanlang (I am more or less sure about the name and can’t find it on the maps). We’ve stayed there for the night – locals usually see the tourists and call them by making gestures that simulate eating or sleeping. Guests are expected to leave some money upon departure.

Second day we made a fabulous track through the spectacular fields to some other village (sorry, forgot the name) and from there we were lucky enough to take a truck back to Xiding (we’ve stand at the back of the truck for 2 hours and it wasn’t for free :).

It’s not that easy both because of the language and because of the absence of any kind of pointers or signs but trekking off the beaten path in Xishuangbanna definitely worth it.

written by breakphreak on 2009-05-28 in #world #locations #holga-135bc #diana-f #china #xiding #xishuangbanna

6 Comments

  1. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Oh man, how many of this great serie of china locations have you left? It's always a fantastic travel in the real inside of this country, so many things you never see about china and since you began I really have a new and different view about this huge country! Thanks a lot to share all this with us.
    And you should plan a book collecting all of this travel, but perhaps it is planned? If yes, count me in for buying one!!

  2. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    thanks, vicuna for joining for the part of the journey :) the book is not planned (maybe LSI book - can someone hear us? :) yep, still I have some more pictures, but not too much :) my girlfriend Rena has some more, though - but some of it you've already seen.

    Bottom line - hope that my pictures will encourage people to travel more (as backpackers, of course)

  3. stouf
    stouf ·

    Yeah Vicuna is right, I've never been to China... But your shots really make me feel how it is there ! Beautiful !

  4. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    how many months did you travel?...i really like the way you move all round china...

  5. breakphreak
    breakphreak ·

    Almost four months (from Beijing to Xishuangbanna). Have you been there as well?

  6. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    unfortunately...I have not been in china...this summer maybe africa again, but i will go there...you know, it seems a place where you have to travel for many months...so i have to decide to quit my job

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