Travelling on the Tibetan Plateau – Getting to Sertar

Getting to Sertar was probably the toughest journey I have ever made in China. 14 hours of grueling driving with virtually no amenities along the way. The journey was particularly bad because it was done at the peak of the highway re-construction … [Read more...]

An Evening in North Korea – The Pyongyang Restaurant

An Evening in North Korea... Mixed feelings probably best describes my reaction to the offer of an evening in North Korea. I was in the scenic and historic Chinese city of Hangzhou on a business trip and had accepted an offer of dinner. When I … [Read more...]

Travelling on the Tibetan Plateau – Tibetan Sky Burial

Tibetan Sky Burial... My Chinese friend Jun Quan and I had traveled through the Amdo area of the Tibetan Plateau. Arriving in the north-east of Sichuan Province on the border with Gansu Province at the town of Langmusi. We wanted to visit the two … [Read more...]

Travelling on the Tibetan Plateau – The Road to Langmusi

The Road to Langmusi... High up in the Amdo area of the Tibetan Plateau is the small scenic town of Langmusi. Located in the north-east tip of Sichuan Province, Langmusi straddles the border with neighboring Gansu Province. Langmusi is known … [Read more...]

Travelling on the Tibetan Plateau – The Waqie Pagodas

The Waqie Pagodas... The Ruoergai Grasslands in the northwest of Sichuan Province was where we were headed. But it's a two-day drive from our starting point in Chengdu and our journey took us high up on to the Tibetan Plateau through the area … [Read more...]

Dong Chong Xia Cao – Chinese Winter Insect, Summer Herb

Winter Insect Summer Herb... In May 2015 I traveled with my good Chinese friend Jun Quan from Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan, up to the north-west of the province to Sertar in the Daxue mountains and the incredible Larung Gar Buddhist … [Read more...]