Anning at 3500msl cross country on the way to Sanxian, May 2009.
Yunnan province is the China that I was hoping to see: the part that has not yet morphed completely in the race towards globalization.
"The search for utopia starts in the foothills of the Himalayas in Yunnan, where virgin forest blankets what - until recently - was one of the planet's most pristine environments.
Home to three of Asia's mightiest rivers, its greatest mountains and an astonishingly diverse mix of flora, fauna and ethnic minorities, this province has always been an ideal spot for those who like to look backwards and upwards for their earthly paradise.
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