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Pastures, skies and silence.

The city of Shiqu I mentioned several times in previous posts, but I have to write a little bit more about this hypnotic end of the world, because it is my favorite place of all I have visited in Western Sichuan. Not the city itself actually, because it has changed beyond recognition in eight years since my last visit, but […]

Dege and Tibetan printing house

The city of Dege, located right on the border with the Tibet Province in the historic part of Tibet Kham, has grown like other cities in the region over the course of a few years. In addition to the traditional houses built of timber, for which Dege is known, the city has acquired typical multi-story blocks and spilled over a […]

Drokpa- Tibetan nomads

The Tibetan Plateau is not confined to the borders of the province of Tibet, but also covers a large area of the provinces of Qinghai, Gansu, northern Yunnan and the western part of Sichuan. The geographical range of this unique land obviously coincides with its cultural character, it is especially visible in areas such as Western Sichuan, where I also […]

Sky burial

During my trip to Western Sichuan everything went smooth. I visited places I wanted to see, Covid restrictions got temporarily loosened up and on top of that, vast mountain spaces were very soothing to the soul. Despite all this I have to say that I felt a hunger for something more, especially cultural experiences. I went to Sichuan at a […]

Concretis

During last few decades China has been building everything what there is to be built on unprecedented scale. Incredible amounts of bridges, roads, residential buildings become real across the country especially in less developed western provinces. For at least a decade the pace of construction has sped up so much that there’s no single country even approaching the quantity of […]

RIP Laoximen

Excrescence It is not a secret that Shanghai is a modern and cosmopolitan city by international standards. Without a doubt it can be called a global metropolis with all economic indicators and standards of living growing for recent decades. Before coming here for the first time I had wondered whether there are any historical and non-commercial neighbourhoods still left. Turned […]

Shanghai in the time of plague

Thinking about writing this post I couldn’t get out of my head a picture-meme of Kermit the Frog. In the first picture Kermit is laughing jeeringly, the caption says: Europe two weeks ago. In the second picture Kermit is biting his lips, not laughing anymore and the caption says: Europe now. So what can I say. Nobody in Europe is […]

Pinch of Tibet

  When I picture a beautiful view in my mind it is some amazing valley or mountain range stretching for miles and I know it’s somewhere around 4 thousand meters above sea level. So the most spectacular views are associated for me with high altitudes but it is not exactly accurate. I learned it after having a motorbike trip in […]

Collectivity strong in the nation

Especially when we talk about countryside and when there’s need for a whole village manpower to unite in one cause. I was lucky enough to witness such event in one of Yunnan Bai minority villages last year. Having hidden from rain, I noticed gathering of people at one of the courtyards. At closer glimpse I realised that villagers were striving […]

Harvest time

Watch beautiful Chinese countryside during harvest. All work I saw people were doing only by hand without machines. I like to think this way they pay tribute to the nature: not wasting, not growing too much, only what’s necessary for themselves. Northern part of Yunnan, Baizu minority and Shaxi area, wonderful to watch and photograph. If you like this post […]