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Shangri-La: a sad story but one with hope

Our final stop in China was at the Tibetan town of Shangri-La or otherwise more commonly known by its Tibetan name of “Zhongdian”. Shangri-La is located some 3,200 metres above ground in China’s Yunnan Province.  It was renamed Shangri La in 2001 (from “Zhongdian”) in 2001 to attract tourists Shangri-La almost destroyed by serious fire Shangri-La




The Tiger Leaping Gorge trek

The Tiger Leaping Gorge (“Hutiao Xia” in Chinese) is a popular trek in the southern Yunnan Chinese province on the Jinsha River. The Gorge itself is a scenic canyon and one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world: The trek itself is very popular and has two routes.  The first is




Cycling in Yangshuo

Yangshuo is a town in China’s tropical south Guangxi province. Yangshuo is surrounded by a stunning scenery of phallic looking “karst” limestone hill formations. There are over 70,000 of these formations and are unique to this part of China.  The stunning scenery is great for outdoor activities, especially cycling: We rented bikes from the excellent




Longji Rice Terraces, Tiantouzhai

The Longji Rice Terraces are situated in China’s southern Guangxi province in the Longsheng County. We stayed at the lovely Tian Ranju Inn, which we highly recommend, if anything for the incredible views from your window: Spot the Dragon Longji means “Dragon’s Backbone” and is named as such because the rice terraces look like the scales




Couchsurfing with locals in Shanghai

During our travels we have had the most fun when befriending locals and spending time with them. Couchsurfing is a great way of doing this – you have your own profile set up, stating whether you want to ‘host’ or ‘surf’ and you can then search based on your preferences. We hosted travellers several times




Gay China: Q&A with local boy Cass

Whilst travelling in Xi’An, we met local boy, Cass Chen: Cass also taught us a great deal about gay China and growing up in a town like Xian in this Q&A: Greetings Cass and welcome to our blog, introduce yourself: Hello Nomadic Boys, my Chinese name is Chen Gui Peng, but my non-Chinese friends call me