Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Xiangcheng -Daocheng-Ya Ding 乡城-稻城-亚丁

Xiangcheng was the first town we stayed in Sichuan.

Majority of the inhabitants are Tibetan. They are mostly farmers and very friendly.

They are hardworking. They planted about 4 types of crops all year round. They have just harvested Wheat and Barley, immediately, they are tilting their lands for another crops, such as broad beans.

From Xiangcheng, we would proceed to Daocheng-Ya Ding Scene park.

As usual, we made many stops for pictures. The scenery along the route was fantastic!

1. See pictures in Facebook (Xiangcheng to Daocheng)

2. Daocheng to Ya Ding





我们仍然是行行,停停,拍照 。。。日出,日落。。。沿途风景美得很。

1.观看照片Facebook - 乡城到稻城

2. 稻城到亚丁

Monday, October 29, 2012

Into Sichuan 进入四川

Many members of our group has been to Shangrila but not Daocheng-Ya Ding area (further north).

After leaving Shangrila, we reached the highest altitude of our journey at 4850 meters entering Sichuan Province.

The roads condition were bad.

As we were moving into higher altitude, the vegetation changed from green to yellow and red. 

We made many stops for photography. The farmers were very friendly and accommodating in allowing us to take pictures.

1. See Facebook Pictures 

2. Video in Youtube.






1. 观看Facebook照片。

2. Youtube 录影

Friday, October 26, 2012

Our Journey 我们的旅程

Our route 我们的路线 

On Friday 12/10/2012 morning, 16 of us met at KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) for a flight to Kunming for our 13-day photographic adventure.

At Kunming, we were joined by a 6-member Singaporean group for the same expedition traveling on a separate vehicle.

It was our (my wife and I ) third trip to Yunnan.

Besides my wife, I knew only 4 from the group, the rest were strangers whom I met for the first time. However, 13 days of sticking together has made us friends!

Our Yunnan tour guide (also tour organiser) is a famous photographer whose father is the President of Yunnan Photographic Society. 

It was a great trip which I would describe it as an adventure with exciting elements :

1. Afghanistan-like landscape - barren and snow-capped high mountains with winding roads.
We traveled from Yunnan to Sichuan through mountainous area. Our small bus traveled from Kunming (Alt 1900 M) to an incredible height of 4850 M in a matter of 4 days, encompassing the remotest areas of Yunnan and Sichuan. (*Genting Highlands is at 1800 M )

We have viewed more than 6 snowy mountains, including the most beautiful famous sacred Meili Snow Mountain, It is the world's only virgin mountain, no one has ever climb the highest peak successfully.

 2. Indian deadliest roads type of risk and excitement (History Channel IRT India Deadliest Roads)
The roads were winding and narrow. At certain stretches, the bus tires were just inches away from the edge of the road. A mistake would see the bus plunge hundreds of meters into ravines.

It had no road signs to show direction or distance. A stretch of 150-km road, if lucky, could see one or two road signs telling you where you were heading to...

The rude and unruly Chinese drivers, honking most of the time irrespective on-coming or overtaking, were hazards of the road as well.

We were lucky to have an experienced and skillful bus driver who is also a photography enthusiast, knew the roads well.

 3. Himalayan level of satisfaction and achievement 
Blue sky, sweeping wind, dark glasses and hood, thick clothing, picturesque snowy mountains as background .... can't help but the desire to shout: " we have conquered ..!". Such a good feeling!

 4. The most prayed traveling trip my wife and I had undergone so far, simply for elements 1 & 2. I saw my wife holding her Rosary beads most of the time inside the bus.

We also marveled at the great creation of God ... the mountains, the rock formations, snowy mountains with crystal clear water flowing .... the vegetation, vivid colors of nature.....

5. Astonishingly beautiful landscape and great view throughout the journey.
Besides beautiful Autumn landscape and vegetation, I (we) saw also the beautiful night sky filled with stars .... and Milky Way which I last saw at the age of 10 !!! ( I would like to rephrase it -- I (we) pee-ed under starry sky and looking up to the wonderful Milky Way !)

From Shangrila (Zhong Dian) of Yunnan, we traveled off the beaten tracks, crossing high altitude mountains (highest 4850 M) into Sichuan Province, to the beautiful Dao Cheng -Ya Ding Scenic Parks, the climax destination of our journey.

The journey brought us through 8-lane urban highways, to 2-lane country roads, and potholes filled, bumpy mountain roads, stretching more than hundred of kilometers.

Calls of nature, men and women, were done by the bushes or pulling of cloth cover along the road (back to the nature way). For 4 days, our lunch were instant noodles and self-heating rice packages.

 Due to single digit cold weather, many (me inclusive) did not bath for days!

I marveled at the dynamic of the government in improving the infrastructures of the country. The whole province seemed to be a construction site especially in road construction.

We would not be able to travel again on the same roads, enjoying the spectacular views in a year or two's time. Many mountainous road would be replaced by tunnels, bridges and elevated highways at a much lower altitude. 

It was a journey of a life time not to be repeated, and would be cherished the rest of our lives.

Thanks to God's Providence, all of us and the bus made through this tough journey. We have to brave the wind and coldness, altitude sickness and adverse living conditions. We made it !

And it is good to be home !

** Our journey can be divided into 2 parts:
Part 1. From Kunming - Daili - Shangrila. It was an easy part because of its lower altitude and better road conditions.

Part 2. From Shangrila to Daocheng-Yading Scenic area, the main focus of the tour. We traveled between altitude 3500 M to 4850 M. Not only we have to overcome altitude sickness, but also the cold weather.

I would share my pictures in batches.

1. ( Yunnan - Sichuan Pictures 1 @ Facebook )

2. ( Yunnan - Sichuan pictures 2 @ Facebook )

12/10/2012 星期五早上,我们一行16人,在吉隆坡国际机场集合,共乘飞机,飞往昆明,开始我们为期13天的摄影之旅。




我们的云南导游, 也是旅游业者,是云南一位知名的摄影师,他的父亲是原任云南摄影协会的会长。


1. 阿富汗般的地理形势,就如电视新闻所看到的一样,有着荒芜高耸,白雪覆蓋的山峦。


2. 有如印度最危险的死亡公路般的危险及刺激(卫星电视历史频道的节目:印度死亡公路)





3. 喜马拉雅水准般的满足感及成就感。
无云的蓝天一片,孟劲的强风,黑眼镜,头套,厚厚的衣装,图画般的雪山作为背景 。。。情不自禁要喊道:“我们征服了。。。” 感觉正好!

4. 我们祈祷最多的一次旅途,因为以上的(1) 及(2)。我见到太太手上,玫瑰念珠从不离手。


5. 整个行程令人惊叹的美景


我们的行程经过8条车道的高速公路,也经过了2 个车道的乡镇小道,当然也经过满布窟窿,颠簸摇摆,一山又一山的弯曲山路,延绵数百公里。


因为天气非常的冷,在2 至8度之间,所以很多团友(包括我本身)数天都没冲凉。







我见识到了摄影发烧友的热忱,对拍摄美景及风光照片的付出,令我敬佩不已,而从中也学习到一些摄影的技巧及技术的认识。 他们都满载而归。



** 我们的行程分成两部分:

第二部分,摄影之旅的重轴,是从香格里拉到稻城,然后到亚丁风景区。这是最艰难的部分。除了海拔升高 (从3500 米,升到4850M 之间,不仅要面对高山反应,还要强忍寒冷的天气(晚上可能在1或2 度)。



1. 云南-四川 Facebook 照片 1.

2. 云南 - 四川 Facebook 照片 2. 


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Recuperating 复原中

It was an exciting, tiring and memorable adventure to Yunnan and Sichuan ...with thousands of pictures to be sorted out .....

I am resting and recuperating from this exhausting trip .... a few exciting pictures to share (Shot at 4 different locations).

这是一趟刺激,疲惫但令人难忘的探险旅程 。。。带回来了数千张的照片,还须一段时间整理。

我目前还在休息及恢复精力 。。。先共享数帧美丽的照片 (四个不同地点拍摄)。

(Click to enlarge picture 点击照片以放大观看)

Tour members 团友

Last two pictures上两张照片:
With 2 Tibetan school boys at their village & with Tibetan ladies working at a river bank 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

On the road 外出

On the road again.

My wife and I are joining a group of photography enthusiast friends to Yunnan and Sichuan in China.

The route covers many exoctic places such as Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la and Dao Cheng, Yating in Sichuan.

It is a 13-day photo expedition and expected to cover a road mileage of more than 2500 kms. It is a tough journey which will bring us to an altitude of more than 6000 meters.

Due to the Great Firewall of China, there is no access to outside websites. No posting expected to my blog and Facebook.

We will be leaving tomorrow morning, 12-10-2012 for Kunming.

So see you all in two weeks time.




我们的整个路程,将会超过2500 公里,其中还会上到海拔6000 公尺的高地。




Sunday, October 7, 2012

Guests from Bentong 文冬客人

New addition 新加入

Lim Chee Keong of Bentong, came with his wife Joane and two kids to KL for a wedding dinner tonight. He dropped by our house at noon to visit us.

For their two lovable kids, their toys are: dog and chicken.
For lunch : Kajang Satey.



More pictures :(see more pictures Facebook 参看照片)