Sunday, October 4, 2015
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The second last day of our trip, we stopped at Lake Fu Xian at Cheng Jiang city, about 180 kms from Kunming.
According to information, Lake Fu Xian is the biggest lake in term of volumn in Ynnan, and third deepest lake in China. It was formed more than 3.5 million years ago and is famous for its tiny silver fish.
The hotel we stayed looked grand from outside but very rundown inside. However, it is situated by the lake side and about 100 meters from a fishing village.
Our main aim to Cheng Jiang is to take photograph of the fishing village.
On the evening of our arrival , we saw many small boats leaving the village jetty to cast nets in the lake. Fishermen would stayed overnight on board and return next morning at about 5 a.m with their catch.
We were able to see beautiful sunset and sunrise, and taken many pictures of the village and fishermen.
On 22-9-2015 morning after breakfast, we left for Kunming airport, en route we stopped for lunch, and took the 5 pm flight home.
Thus concluded our 8 days beaufiful journey toYunnan.
( Facebook pictures )
Friday, October 2, 2015
|Fr. Matthew Koo (2nd right) & Fr. Matthew Chu (2nd left) 顾神父（右二）朱神父（左二）|
I received a mail today from Monsignor (Rev. Fr.) Matthew Koo from USA.
He sent me pictures of him meeting with Pope Francis recently. A great moment for him who has suffered gravely under Communist regime in China. In the picture, I saw another priest I met in Taiwan, also persecuted by Communist, Rev Fr. Matthew Chu. (See story Fr. Matthew Koo 2009 and Fr. Matthew Chu 2013)
Both of them who are more than 80, are looking great .
可参与旧帖子： 顾光中神父 2009 及朱立德神父2013。
Thursday, October 1, 2015
1. （观看照片Facebook）- 普者黑 1
2. （观看照片Facebook）- 普者黑 2
3. Youtube 录影
Pu Zhe Hei is about 280 kms from capital city Kunming, Yunnan.
We left Hongtudi and took about 7 hours, through mostly expressways, to read Pu Zhe Hei. In local Yi tribe language, Pu Zhe Hei means a ponds with abundance of fishes and prawns.
Pu Zhe Hei is a developing tourist attraction in Yunnan. Many old and ancient houses and villages had been demolished or moved out to make way for home-stay and hotels. We stayed in a rather new wooden double storey hotel with beautiful local tapestries and decorations displayed all around.
The whole Pu Zhe Hei scenic park is famous for its lakes, ponds, caves and lotus flowers. In month of June and July, the full bloomed lotus flowers attracted many tourists. （Country grade AAAA scenic spot）
Besides the scenic park, we visited an old Yi village, witnessing the villagers busy tending their rice harvest.
We also climb the highest peak of the park, the Green Dragon hill, to get a panoramic view of Pu Zhe Hei.
Two years old Xixi courageously followed adults climbed the steep steps and rocky path, braving rain, reaching the top triumphantly！
1. Pu Zhe Hei Facebook pictures (1)
2. Pu Zhe Hei Facebook pictures (2)
3. Youtube Video
The woe of parking in Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL or General Hospital KL) is over !
My wife and I went to HKL to visit a patient. Parking is always a big headache to us. I even told my wife that if could not find a parking space, she will stay in the car, and I would rush to the ward to see the patient.
Presto ... we saw a newly open, state of the art multi-storey car park, and plenty of empty lots for your choosing !
Visiting HKL has been made easy, kudus to the Hospital !
|最繁忙的探病时间，还有数百个车位！Few hundreds space available even during busiest visiting hours|
|有红、清指示灯提示司机 Red & green lights notifying drivers|
Monday, September 28, 2015
很自然的，求助祷文马上念个不停：『吁玛丽亚，无原罪始胎者，我们向你求助，请为我们转求』; 『主耶稣，求你垂怜，俯听我们的请求』 。那时候，除了人力之外，神的助佑同样的重要。
1. （Facebook 照片）
2. （Youtube 录影 ）
The weather was good, so few of our group members went out early morning to take pictures of sunrise.
After breakfast, we bid goodbye to the friendly hotel owner, and left at about 9:15 am for a 400-km, 7 hours journey to our next destination - Pu Zhe Hei, South East of Yunnan.
En route, we visited 2 ancient villages of minority tribe of China.
The villagers in one of the villages are tobacco farmers. Yunnan is a major tobacco supplier throughout the country.
At noon , we were stopped at a remote area on the way because of a crane lifting heavy concrete lamp posts in the middle of the road. It blocked more than half of the road and only small vehicle and motorcycle were able to pass through.
We decided to wait out the operation, which would take another half an hour.
However, our bus driver was feeling impatient and decided to drive through using the road shoulder. Unfortunately, the soil was loose and soft, thus the right front and back wheels of the bus were stuck, and the bus was heavily tilted to one side.
The only option was to wait for the crane to complete its operation, and seeked help from the crane driver.
With no possible help and remoteness of the location, our bus driver has to accept the demand of RMB 2000 from the crane driver to lift the bus.
We were in the middle of no where, the sky was changing, it might rain ... we have no shelter. I was also worried that during the operation, the bus may tilt over ...
" O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who has recourse to thee .." " Lord Jesus have Mercy, help us ". I prayed unceasingly.
After a tense moment, the crane successfully lift the bus back to road surface. Everyone heaved a heavy sigh and gave a round of applause!
The whole episode took more than one and a half hour.
After a check on the bus which suffered no damage, Thank God, we continued our journey and had lunch at about 2 pm in a small town.
What a great misadventure!
1. Facebook pictures
2. Youtube video
Sunday, September 27, 2015
1 ( Facebook 照片 )
2. 录影Youtube 红土地 (上）
3. 录影Youtube Hongtudi (下)
Our last day in Hongtudi.
Lord has mercy and granted us a good weather. Though not sunshine and blue sky, but no rain, and intermittent sunlight broke through the cloud.
We managed to take some beautiful pictures of sunrise.
After breakfast, we went back to Luoxigou near our hotel to get a good view of the valley. It was misty when we were there on our first day morning.
We went for hiking after lunch. We spent half of the day walking through acres and acres of White Rapeseed fields. It was filled with fragrance and humming bees.
It was enjoyable walk and we called it a day after sunset.
We would leave Hongtudi next early for Puzhehei, another remote scenic spot in the South East of Yunnan.
1. (See Facebook pictures）
2. Video on Youtube Hongtudi (1)
3. Video on Youtube Hongtudi (2)
Friday, September 25, 2015
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Traveling is to increase knowledge, broaden horizon, making new friends and deeper knowing of ownself.
Our group members come from different places - KL, Klang, Bentong, Bukit Tinggi and Kajang ( My wife and I and Lily). We knew 2 of them only.
On third day, we are more settled and acquainted. With little traveler Xi Xi, the fun and joy of the group, making our whole journey warm and wonderful.
Group members are friendly and cooperative, they turned challenges and inconveniences into laughter and joke.
The foul smell and deplorable condition of the toilets, days of bad weather and kilometers of walking on muddy roads were no hindrance and obstacles for them.
No complaint and no blaming. The took them all in stride and enjoyed every moment in friendship and goodwill. My thumbs up for them !
The weather on third day of our trip was still unfavorable, it rained in the morning.
After lunch, we went for a hiking at a village near our hotel.
Farmers were busied harvesting their crops, mainly tomatoes and corns. As we walked along the muddy path for about an hour, there appeared a open hilly area filled with white Rapeseed fields and red soil hills.
All of us were awe struck ! (see pictues)
After 3 hours, we were back to hotel and proceeded to our next destination - The Musical Note Valley.
We walked along the roads, admiring and taking photograhs, and retured to hotel after sunset.
(See Facebook pictures)
Thursday, September 24, 2015
我与张老师第一次接触是在2012年的10月尾，他带领我们完成了 香格里拉-稻城-亚丁 摄影之旅。那是一趟我毕生难忘的旅行。
（观看照片 Facebook ）
Our Airasia flight landed in Kunning Changshui Airport aroung 5 pm, and was welcomed by local leader Mr. Chang.
We first met Mr. Chang way back in Octorber 2012 when he led us in our trip to Shangrila-Daocheng-Yading photograpic tour. It was a life long memorable trip which we cherished very much.
After dinner near the airport, we started our journey to Hongtudi (Red Earth), and arrived at about 11:00 pm.
We got up at 5:30 am the next morning to catch the sunrise at nearby Luoxiagou. Alas, the weather is against us. It was misty and see nothing... just manged to catch a glimpse of the village in the valley hundereds of meters down under through the drifting mist.
However, we enjoyed the morning view and took some pictures any how.
In the afternoon, the weather improved but still misty. We went for a walk at the Rapeseed fields nearby.
Hongtudi is famous for its Rapeseed fields and red soil. The dark brown soil in this area contains high iron and aluminum, and turn red under sun. September is peak tourist season when white Rapeseed plants in full bloom.
( See pictues in Facebook )
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
My wife and I joined a photography group from Bentong for a trip to Hongtudi-Puzhehei in Yunnan from 14th to 22nd September.
Hongtudi means red earth in Mandarin. It is about 250 kms from Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan and took about 6 hours bus journey on road.
The group consisted of 17 adults and one toddle aged 25 months old. Majority of the group members are non-photographers but attracted by the fascinations of the places and adventuristic nature of the trip.
Being just 25 months is no handicap for breast-feeding toddler Xi Xi. She covered the whole journey just as other adults on bus and on foot, although sometimes needed to be carried. She is a great Little Traveler!
The journey logged in more than 1500 kms. Pictures would be uploaded in stages.
( See Facebook pictures)
|Read soil 红泥土|
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Dear friends and my Blog's readers who do not use of Facebook, I have set up a link for you to access my Facebook anytime you wish to.
You can see any new postings/pictures on my Facebook Timeline by just clicking on the Facebook Badge on the right. Thanks to you all !