The Water Festival

Updated: Aug 26, 2021

This mountain path looks across the Jinsha River at Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. I miss it there. Years ago, the love of my life and I ventured into Yunnan and hiked Tiger Leaping Gorge. After out-witting the men on donkeys who pressured us to pay them for a ride, we hiked for like 10 hours in the scorching heat. I probably lost 10 pounds in sweat, but I was forced to eat oranges and bananas all day to keep up with my woman. I was so relieved when we arrived at our bungalow for the night. I took a shower in the 34 degree water that felt like glacial melt. The lady was smarter: she just waited, knowing that someone would heat up the water for our room within an hour or two. Lesson learned.

The bungalow overlooked the Jinsha River, with stunning views of Mount Yulong. I could have stayed there for weeks. But we were on the move on down the path. Trouble is, we never made it to Xishuangbanna.

I'm looking forward to someday making it to Xishuangbanna, a region famous for tea, water festivals, and the unique ethnic cultures within Yunnan. It borders Thailand/Laos, so the food is probably incredible as well. I mean what food could be better than that which has Chinese and Thai influence? They are the best in my book. So, once we can travel again after Covid has been capped, I'm looking forward to a Canton-Guangxi-Yunnan-Thailand by high-speed train, bus, and motorbike. Here's to a better 2021 and 2022.