Paddy fields in #kerala #india

Nature morte with coconuts. Gauguin would have loved it. #india #kerala #travel

Between two flights at #hk #airport

Grape picker in Ningxia (2) #AP #china #wine #travel

Drawers with labels written in Uyghur in an apothecary shop in #urumqi #xinjiang #china

Near Urumqi’s People Intermediate Court, for the trial of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti. Trial ongoing, police in recess (the tree black dots on top of the hill) #AP #onassignment #china #urumqi #xinjiang #uighur

Xinjiang: first impressions #china #xinjiang

Barrel inspection. Inside Moët et Chandon’s first fully-owned château in China, in Ningxia province, that will produce a premium sparkling wine under the Chandon brand, for the Chinese market only. Upcoming story and video for #AP #onassignment #china #ningxia #wine #lvmh #travel #ningxia

The weight of marriage (part 2). In a traditional Chinese marriage, the groom has the carry the bride. Here in Inner Mongolia. #latergram #china #wedding

The weight of marriage (part 1). In a traditional Chinese wedding, the groom has to carry the bride. Here in Inner Mongolia #china #travel #latergram #wedding

“On the trail, it was different. I knew I was going to be alone; I wanted to be alone—I wanted space to hear myself think. I felt no pressure to make plans, and no self-pity about eating dinner by myself. On the contrary: I treasured the solitude. I woke up when I wanted to, took breaks when my blisters demanded, walked at my own pace, and camped when I was tired. In the mornings I woke between 5am and 6am and savored the silence as I watched the red glow of dawn inch its way over the horizon. And as I walked along alpine ridges, gazing at emerald valleys and elegant peaks, I marveled at having these enchanting places to myself.”

A 500-mile solo hike cured my loneliness 

http://qz.com/257211/a-500-mile-solo-hike-put-an-end-to-my-loneliness/

One night in Beijing. (Yes, that’s a snake in a bottle on the bar you see. The resulting cocktail was delicious). #beijing #night #china

There will be no Beijing Independent Film Festival this year. The police and the two dozens of thugs guarding the entrance of the festival, due to be held in Songzhuang starting today, made sure of that. The thugs threatened anyone who came close, preventing us from filming or taking pictures. They broke my video camera, threw water at reporters, threatened us for filming, grabbed cell phones and yelled at everyone. This is the poster of the film festival (停 means “to stop,” ironically) and on the right the two police officers who demanded our passport number and filmed us. Welcome to 2014 China.

The coal-to-gas boom in China, or when the remedy is actually worse than the (environmental) problem. The coal gasification push in China is sparking a global debate… But my AP colleague and I wanted to see firsthand how Mongolian herders locally were coping with the brand new coal-to-gas plant’s acrid smoke and pools of waste water next door. Check my video on AP. #onlyonap #onassignment #china #innermongolia #environment #pollution #coal #energy

The morning catch. Burmese fishermen unloading fish on a beach somewhere between Ngwesaung and Chaung Thar, November 2012. #myanmar #burma #beach #travel #latergram