South West China

 

Lisa and George in CHINA
South West China with Shane
We flew from Bangkok to Kunming, China. I loved the STONE FOREST! It is a Karst forest. We have seen Karst formations in almost EVERY country on this trip.
We picked up George’s friend Shane on the 23rd of April. It is GREAT to have a friend from home travel with us! Together we went to the ancient cities of Dali, and Lijiang. I thought it was an exaggeration that there would be crowds of Chinese tour groups with matching hats, and a guide with a microphone but there were hundreds of them. The cobblestone cities are picturesque with water wheels and Naxi people everywhere. Erle Lake and the village markets outside of Dali where great as was Black Dragon Pools and Baisha Shrine outside of Lijiang.

Hiking in Tiger Leaping Gorge
STEEEEEP hiking
Staying at Sean’s guest house, we woke up to climb for 5 hours in elevation. We went from 1900 to 2500m and the first hour was STRAIGHT UP! It was worth it to see the views and the water below. We walked across a waterfall with FREEZING water! This is a don’t miss stop in SW China! We saw many families doing the hiking together.

Shangri-La
Zhong Dian or Gyeltang
Tibet is EVERYWHERE as we learned from a Hungarian man who lives in the USA but has a farm in Bolivia. He told us the Chinese name of Zhong Dian was changed to Shangri-la to increase tourism. The Tibetan name is Gyeltang. We were freezing there so we added gloves and coats to our backpacks and went off to the 300 year old monastery. Shane had seen Potala Palace in Lhasa 2 years ago and told us this was similar. We loved it! Due to many regulations, we decided not to go to Lhasa, Tibet on this trip BUT we will go soon. Tibetan Culture is so colorful and we loved to see the prayer flags on the chorten on the mountains.

We will send more news about China soon! We have been here for over a month now and just got new visas at the Police Service Bureau. We are flying to Xi’an to see the Terracotta Warriors! More soon, Lisa and George

China April 21-May 4
Traveling in China is really VERY different than South East Asia. The trail is a bit more faint. BUT we can manage with some gestures and a book of pictures to order food and to buy our train tickets!!

It was 55degrees in Shangri-La so we accomplished our mission to get our of the heat of the South!! We have had limited internet access and have not uploaded our photos but look for them SOON!

I read that more than 1/3 of ALL freshwater: rivers and lakes is UNSAFE for INDUSTRIAL use. That is some super bad POLLUTION!! Unsafe for INDUSTRIAL use!!
In Gyeltang, 200 people were folkdancing in the square…so George and I joined in!

We go everywhere with our “bible” the Lonely Planet China! 

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. You can find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.3 million views on her YouTube channel. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed an Olympic swimmer and numerous bestselling authors and has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. She was named both a Top 10 Travel Influencer and a Top 50 Female Influencer for 2021 by Afluencer and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. She has been nominated for the inaugural Forbes 50 over 50/Know Your Value list due out in Summer 2021. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best and has more than 150,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and has also run 15 travel competitions publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on We Said Go Travel. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded two Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards. From 2017 to 2021 in the Southern California Journalism Awards and National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards, she has won four times for her broadcast television segments, print and digital articles. Niver won in 2021 as Book Critic and in 2019 for one of her KTLA TV segments NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award. Niver won an award for her print magazine article for Hemispheres Magazine for United Airlines in the 2020 Southern California Journalism Awards and a 2017 Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal. Niver has written for National Geographic, USA Today 10best, TODAY, Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave(ish): It's All About Perspective 50 Adventures Before 50,” about her most recent travels and insights. When she's not SCUBA diving or in her art studio making ceramics, she's helping people find their next dream trip.  http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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