Cliffside Trails on Tianmenshan in Zhangjiajie, China

China: Epic Roads – the 99 Bends and Tianmen Mountain

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part XIII: Epic Roads – the 99 Bends and Tianmen Mountain   Tianmen Shan – Heaven’s Gate Mountain in Zhangjiajie is one of China’s tourism hotspots.  A Cable Car takes you from town up to the mountain top and gives you a glimpse of the 99 Bends – one of China’s most spectacular roads.  Cliffside walking trails crisscross the towering mesa[…]

Read more
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

China: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in Stories and Pictures

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part XII:  Zhangjiajie National Forest Park …In stories and pictures The Story of The Buses (Day 1) I arrived at the Wulingyuan entrance to the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park at 8:15 in the morning.  I found the ticket window, purchased my ticket, and pushed through the gate. I was immediately confronted with a choice and none of the tools with which to[…]

Read more
Three Gorges Dam, China

China: The Three Gorges Dam

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part X:  Locks, The Three Gorges Dam, and the Xiling Gorge   I woke to the sound of my alarm clock ringing softly.  It was 2:30 am.  I looked out my window and saw a cement wall that stretched higher than my window allowed me to see.  When I stepped onto the balcony I leaned over the railing and saw the top[…]

Read more
Wu Gorge on the Yangtze River

China: Cruise Into the Three Gorges

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part IX:  Into the Three Gorges “Forecast: Overcast, high of 33 degrees Celsius (91 Fahrenheit)” the itinerary on my table told me when I returned to my cabin from breakfast. The itinerary showed a busy day.  After a stop at the Prince Island, we were to sail through two of the three gorges, visit the Goddess Stream, ride through the five locks of[…]

Read more
Ronghui Hotsprings in Chongqing, China

Hot Pot and Hotsprings – 24 Hours in Chongqing, China

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part VII: Hot Pot and Hotsprings – 24 Hours in Chongqing, China   Chongqing is a huge city. Many in China claim it is the world’s largest city. If you count all of the rural areas inside the government’s administrative boundaries, they are right. The administrative area of Chongqing has an estimated population of just over 30 million.  The urban area of Chongqing, however,[…]

Read more
on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway

A Journey on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part VI: A Journey on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Chongqing lies is about 1476km (918 miles) east of Lhasa – that’s a little more than a two hour flight away. A rugged mountain range separates the two cities forming a barrier for rail.   To get around this barrier, the Qinghai-Tibet railway runs north and then east, skirting the northern edge of the mountains. It is 43 hour[…]

Read more
Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Shigatse Tibet

Tibet: A Night in Shigatse

Everest to Shenzhen An overland journey from one side of China to the other Part V: Shigatse The Torture Chair The masseuse’s elbows and arms dug into my shoulders and back with an impatient furury that brought tears to my eyes. ‘did I do something to offend her?’ I wondered. We lay face-down on reclining message chairs in the spa behind our hotel in Shigatse. Three straight days of driving coupled with an uncomfortable night on a[…]

Read more

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)

Skip to toolbar