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Happy Chinese New Year

Today marks the beginning of the Chinese calendar and hello to the Year of the Sheep.¬†Although apparently in Mandarin a “yang” is a horned animal so it could be the year of the goat or ram too.

In any case it’s time to bid farewell to the Year of the Horse and celebrate as communities will be doing all around the world with fireworks, eating and many packed trains. Apparently this time of year marks the world’s largest annual human migration.

If you’re not in a big Chinese centre though you may be forgiven for not noticing this, and with that in mind today I’m bringing a little bit of Chinese culture, landscape and other facets to you, hopefully some of which you haven’t seen before.

While the “yang” may have qualities such as being docile, weak and a follower I hope it’s not quite like that for you. Perhaps this year we should dare not to be a yang. In any case Happy Chinese New Year to you all.

If you want to see more images of China please go to this link on my database.

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The dragon dance is a typical part of Chinese culture and will no doubt be performed around the world for new year celebrations. Dragons are considered a symbol of good luck.

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In pictures: Trekking in Langtang

Langtang appealed to me as a trekking destination in Nepal this year having hiked in the Annapurna region already three times. I had heard it was far less busy than both Annapurna and Everest and its location near Tibet was attractive, along with the promise of interacting with people groups in homestays and villages. I was not disappointed. There were far fewer people on the trail and a lot of local culture and life going on to enjoy, largely thanks to it being losar or Tibetan New Year.

The Langtang track follows a river for three days up to the highest village of Khanjim Gompa at 3810m so it doesn’t get that high in altitude. The days were long but there wasn’t the up and down of the Annapurna terrain, just a gradual climb up past high alpine meadows with plenty of grazing yak, Tibetan villages and life, mani walls to admire and follow, plus plenty of snow and high mountains to ponder. I spent several days in Khanjim Gompa as there were day walks further into the valley, up high peaks surrounding us and towards glaciers that plummeted down the slopes around us. The images really tell their own story and all are available in the database.

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Revealed in the early morning light – a gompa half way up the mountain behind the hotel in Khanjim Gompa. Pic: Joanne Lane, www.visitedplanet.com

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Cameras for Asia: Yangon photo festival

During the recent Cameras for Asia workshops in Yangon, the city’s annual photography festival was being held and I was able to take the children to the awards night where Aung San Suu Kyi was one of the judges.

It was a really wonderful opportunity for the children to see some world class photographic work, by both local and international photographers, and see the Lady, who is such an icon in Myanmar and indeed around the world.

Here are some images of the night.

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Me in the back seat with the kids heading out for the photo night. Photo by Andrew Rogers.

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New images: Winton Outback Festival

The biannual Winton Outback Festival is listed as one of Australia’s top 100 things to see before you die. I drove 3000km last week to see it, and have to admit I agree with them. This is one of the best outback festivals I’ve been to with all the usual fun and mayhem of these remote, harsh areas with dunny races, roo poo shooting and ironman events that involve hauling tyres.

There were whips, cowboys, flies, beer, utes, hats, buckles and boots and plenty of good cheer and humour. Images are being uploaded to the database this week. See this link.

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Dr Poo from the BBC came all the way in a different kind of Tardis to compete in the dunny derby.

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Festival of the Hungry Ghosts

Another recent story of mine published in the Travel Wire Asia / Tourism Malaysia campaign was this one about the Festival of the Hungry Ghosts.

They used a lot of my images in the post, which recounts the festivities surrounding this rather colourful Chinese festival. It’s worth reposting some of the images as it really was a lot of fun to witness and photograph.

Here are some from the article and others from my database (you can view all the images at this link).

Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia

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