I never really wrote an in-depth post about our “honeymoon” in Yunnan, mentioning the trip and posting a few photos when I accepted the Liebster Award.
“Honeymoon” hence forth will be in quotations because the trip included my youngest sister, and friends, who were also colleagues of mine at Xi’an International Studies University.
I’d describe it more as a trip that just so happened to precede our wedding ceremony.
Do not attempt to visit the Yunnan stretch of the Tea Horse Road or 茶马道, now generally referred to as the Ancient Tea Horse Road or 茶马古道 was a network of caravan paths winding through the mountains of Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou in Southwest China.
We were driven to where the road begins courtesy of the hostel in which we stayed. ZJ hemmed and hawed over the price of riding horses for the five of us. Pushing, shoving, yelling, and some verbal abuse later, we headed back to the old town.
Lugu Lake, although on our to-visit list, was a eight hour ride from Lijiang, through tough terrain, I might add. I had just wrapped up Yang Erche Namu’s Leaving Mother Lake, a memoir about growing up in the matrilineal Mosuo, an ethnic minority group living near the pristine lake.
Check out all the NaNoBloPoMo challenge offerings so far:
- debuted wordless wednesdays
- commented on words as weapons
- brought you Monday’s post courtesy of music
- showcased my Chinese persona
- ranted about cultural appropriation
- scribbled a digital stream of consciousness post
- introduced getting started cooking Chinese food at home
- lamented the challenges arising from a month’s life of blogging
- begged for blog content feedback ( still looking for feedback )
- accepted the sisterhood of the world bloggers award
- reviewed local Chinese restaurants
- discussed cultural faux pas and language blunders
- covered apple picking, a blast from the past
- pontificated on learning Chinese
- asked whether to declutter or not
- obsessed over the music of Bear’s Den
- reviewed Young’s Fire Dragons