Learning Chinese

If you want to learn Chinese then the best place to do this is in China, the country itself. Languages are best learned with regular practice and learning Chinese is no exception. By simply living here and overhearing the dialect you will be constantly exposed to overhearing and thus revising and practicing everyday phrases you learn from your study books over and over again. When I first came to China my Chinese language level was such that I knew little past hello (你好) and thank you(谢谢). In the one and a half years since then I have found myself studying…

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Mei Lie Snow Mountain

The white towers overlooking the Mei Lei snow mountain range to me are iconic of Yunnan’s beauty. Mei Li Snow Mountain comprises 13 permanently snow-capped mountain peaks, of which the highest is still to this day unclimbed Kawa Karpo Mountain at 6740m high. This beautiful place us tough to get to, the road to this mountain range is long and winding and approximately a full days travelling on winding mountain roads from Shangri-La. The high altitude of this place can give cause problems and when travelling with a Chinese tour group many bought cans of oxygen took occasional breaths from…

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Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger leaping Gorge The first amazing wonder you need to know about is Tiger leaping Gorge. This large, romantically named gorge is where the Yangtze River is violently and narrowly channelled through a 3000m steep gorge acting as a border between two Yunnan mountain ranges; the ‘Haba’ snow mountain range to the north and the Yu Long snow mountain range to the south. The mountains are extremely steep and dominating with a predominantly grey gritty rock formation. The bare stone contrasts against the clear blue sky above and the foaming white thrashing river below. The gorge supposedly gets its name…

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