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An American Guesthouse in Sichuan

25 March 2009

On a hillside in Tibetan autonomous region Ganzi in China's Sichuan Province (四川省甘孜藏族自治州) where a Tibetan settlement situated, a Tibetan style guesthouse recently has opened its door for business. What's unusual with this Tibetan hostel is that it is run by a young family of three from the United States.

When the couple just arrived in the relatively backward southwest region of China six years ago, it took them 14 hours to reach there from Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan. But today with newly constructed highways, the traveling time has been reduced by half. And what's so convenient is that you no longer need to carry cashes around to get a bed or a meal in this remote Tibetan area - you can use your credit card.


23 March, 2009, the couple outside of their guesthouse


23 March, 2009, the couple inside of their guesthouse

(Source of info and photos: 丁海涛,

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A Cliff Path in Sichuan

This is a newly discovered old path carved into the cliff face a thousand years ago in Yibing, Sichuan Province (四川宜宾). The trail has a total length of 2 km, about half a metre wide, allowing only a single person to barely walk through. It is believed that it was initially constructed for trackers to tow the boats sailing in the Yangtze River.

(Source of info & photo: 闵勇智, 罗暄, 田富友 from 四川在线)

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