Leaving for China in three days

And with a massive writing assignment to work on this weekend and a frantic effort to brush up on my Chinese I won’t be posting much. I may just close down comments altogether when I’m away so I don’t have to deal with spam. (The last thing I want to do is spend hours of time in a Lijiang Internet cafe deleting obscene comments.)

It’s a short trip, only 14 days, and I wish I had more time to spend there. Still, I’m incredibly excited, and won’t really believe I’m going until I get on the plane.

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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 14 Comments

Richard,
are you going by yourself? Do you know any friend or blogger in Yunnan? Anyway have a safe trip in Shangri LA.

February 26, 2005 @ 3:02 pm | Comment

My tour guide is a Yunnan native who has spent most of his life there.

February 26, 2005 @ 3:05 pm | Comment

And what am I supposed to do while you’re gone? Hmmm?

February 26, 2005 @ 4:29 pm | Comment

Have not been to Yunnan in over 20 years but it was my favorite place in China back then. I guess some people think the stone forest is kind of cheesy but I really enjoyed it. There used to be a small traditional minority village close by – I’m sure the whole area has been completely transformed by now…

I’ve been told that the famous traditional music ensemble in Lijiang really is worth hearing.

Have a wonderful trip – yi lu ping ‘an!

February 26, 2005 @ 7:58 pm | Comment

In Dali, the walks through the village are charming. If you can, go up Changshan mountain by horse or by gondoa. A shorter diversion is to go cormorant fishing on Erhu lake. For a picture and the names of two trusty guides, Sammi and Afay, see the China pages of http://ellensander.com. Have a great time! Take pictures!

February 26, 2005 @ 10:01 pm | Comment

Richard,

Why so much time in Jinghong? The value of Jinghong is as a base to explore the surrounding areas.

I also think 2/3 of a day isn’t enough time for Tiger Leaping Gorge. That was the highlight of my trip to Yunnan; I wouldn’t want to cut it short.

In my opinion Dali is overrated and boring. But I guess it appeals to a lot of people.

(I’ve got pictures on my site, if you’re interested.)

February 27, 2005 @ 12:49 am | Comment

Richard,

Just start walking out of Jinghong, there are some really cool little villages just past the rice paddies on the South (?) side of town.

I’ve been to Jinghong twice, and both times the most rewarding activity was the random wandering into outskirts, villages and such (not very hard considering how small of a city Jinghong is!). I also have some pictures if you are interested.

February 27, 2005 @ 5:36 am | Comment

I was just in Kunming, Dali and Lijiang for the spring holidays !

Hm, in Dali usually there’s a trail that goes along the mountain between the two cable car stations, but you can’t use it all the way it’s being worked on (er, with explosives. so not recommended). Just in case a tour book (like mine) recommends that way. (I expect it’ll still be closed now)

Er, if you want tips on how to climb over walls to avoid enttrance fees, you can ask me too =) (though it’s probably more affordable for a US salary than for a chinese scholarship)

February 27, 2005 @ 6:27 am | Comment

The schedule is flexible, so that if we don’t have enough to do in Jinghong we can move on. To those of you who have pictures, are they availabvle online? Hopefully I’ll soon be posting my own.

February 27, 2005 @ 2:52 pm | Comment

If you want to ward off spam, you could try adjusting your spider response, if you tighten it a bit you might be less of a target for spiders that look for whatever engine you’re using.

Then again, it would also dampen search engines as well.

Have you thought about adding a ‘preview’ funtion to the comment submission. This would mean that spam crawlers would need to preform an exra function in order to get to you.

Alternatively, if you’re a coder, set a seasion cookie on the main peking duck page that is read by your comments page. This would mean that nobldy would be able to send a comment unless they have both the main window and the coments window open at the same time.

March 1, 2005 @ 4:36 am | Comment

If you want to ward off spam, you could try adjusting your spider response, if you tighten it a bit you might be less of a target for spiders that look for whatever engine you’re using.

Then again, it would also dampen search engines as well.

Have you thought about adding a forced ‘preview’ funtion to the comment submission. This would mean that spam crawlers would need to preform an exra function in order to get to you.

Alternatively, if you’re a coder, set a sesion cookie on the main peking duck page that is read by your comments page. This would mean that nobldy would be able to send a comment unless they have both the main window and the coments window open at the same time.

March 1, 2005 @ 4:45 am | Comment

Richard you are so lucky to travel to Lijiang and Shangari-la before most Chinese people.

Have a good time there!

March 1, 2005 @ 5:57 am | Comment

Bon voyage, Richard! Have a great time, and take lots of pictures (and share them with us!)

March 1, 2005 @ 11:28 am | Comment

Wow – I envy you. Have a great time!

March 1, 2005 @ 7:25 pm | Comment

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