Face to face with a Tibetan Sky Burial

My Chinese friend Jun Quan and I had traveled through the Amdo area of the Tibetan Plateau, in the north-east of Sichuan in to Gansu province to visit the two well-known Serti and Kerti Gompa Buddhist monasteries in the town of Langmusi. We spent … [Read more...]

Pampang Dayak Village in Kalimantan

The Dayaks of Borneo are the original, non-Muslim, indigenous people of this huge island  – the third largest in the world. Traditionally they lived in the dense rainforest areas along the upper reaches of the big rivers of Borneo, in small … [Read more...]

Hanuabada Stilt Village in Port Moresby

Stilt houses, or pile dwellings as they are sometimes called, used to be very common in Port Moresby but today there are only two stilt villages left in PNG's capital - Hanuabada on the north-west outskirts of the city and Koki at the eastern end of … [Read more...]

A death walk around Port Moresby?

There is something inherently intimidating about Papua New Guinea’s capital Port Moresby which I think is a combination of the “rascal factor” and standing out in the crowd as a “dim-dim”, or white fella, in this country of dark skinned & fuzzy … [Read more...]

China: Tibetan Plateau – 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 devastated by the 2008 … [Read more...]

Dong Chong Xia Cao – the rather strange Chinese 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 Institute - the largest Tibetan … [Read more...]