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Before Oct. 1st - Ntl. Holiday - I did spend several weeks in SW China, namely in Guangxi Zhuang A.R., Guizhou and Yunnan. It was a trip from the lowlands of Guilin to the mountains of Guizhou to the SE edge of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, a trip with over 4,000 m altitude difference (Pass over the Baima mountains-4,300 m).|
The original plan was to only visit Guizhou and Northern Yunnan but my better half insisted on a Li river cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. Since I visited this area once (1981), I wasn't too keen to repeat but as usual, the woman succeeded.
Contrary to my previous trips over the last 5 years to SW and Western China which were dominated by arid weather conditions, this trip took place with the never ending monsoon as our permanent companion.
Since there are many reports in the travel section about Guilin etc. I'll abstain from adding more to it. What you'll see in two reports are visits to Western Guizhou (Anshun area) as well as trips through the central mountains of Kaili and visits and stays at Miao villages where we were welcomed and treated like long time friends. Following the a.m. part will be a thorough introduction to the northernmost prefecture of Yunnan, the Deqen Tibetan Autonom. Prefecture with Shangri-La (formerly Zhongdian), the Baima mountains and finally the crown jewel of Yunnan, the Meili Snow mountains with holy Mt. Kawagarbo (6,740 m).
Before I start, a few words to the trip:
All air connections used were on time, not a single delay. We flew from PVG to KWL and from KWL to KWE via BHY and from KWE to KMG and KMG to DIG as well as from DIG via KMG to SHA (Hongqiao).
One curiosity - the only direct flight without changing aircrafts from KWL to KWE is by a commuter airline via BHY (Beihai - close to the Vietnam border). This results in a 3 1/2 hours trip for a distance of only 450 km.
Finally - I'm now really getting old. For the first time in decades I did suffer from High Altitude Sickness. The last 2 days I did not feel well and ate nothing. After returning home I had a check-up at a hospital and was told to stay there because my fever was close to 40 deg. Cent. and I was diagnosed with pneumonia. Luckily the treatment was highly effective and the doctor who is himself a China fan promised to give me a green light again for further excursions to areas in excess of 3,500 to 4,500 m altitude.