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 is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 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. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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