This is the Nu Jiang, known in the west as the Salween River
These photos were taken around the town of Fugong.
For about 300 kilometres the river runs in a spectacular gorge, with Nu and Lisu villages hanging on the cliffs
A typical bridge across the Nu Jiang
A tributary to the Nu Jiang
Collecting herbs and firewood
I wonder how they were able to balance themselves on the cliff...
This is already at the weekly Lishadi market
A Lisu woman in traditional dress. The dress is mostly worn by the elder generation, with younger people prefering western clothes for daily life, saving the traditional dress for special occasions as wedding ceremonies.
Tibetan people selling various "medical" stuff - notice the two tiger paws on display. The tigers are usually poached in Burma and later on sold in China. There is very little effort by the Burmese government to stop this action, but more on the Chinese side - I am yet to see tiger's parts being traded outside of Nu Jiang.
The river just north of Lishadi
People coming back from the market, transporting the goods they had bought back to their village via a cable rope bridge.
A woman with 2 bags of rice returning to her village. This rope bridges were once very popular in Nu Jiang. Nowadays only about 20 remain, with most of them serving just one or two houses. This is probably the last rope bridge to serve an entire village - but it too is about to be replaced by a standard bridge in the near future.
A path leading to a village high in the mountains above Lishadi
A look at Lishadi
Cracking chestnuts open!
The view from the village down was fantastic...
On the road from Fugong to Gongshan...
This is a view of the town of Gongshan - a small but important town that serves the people of the upper reaches of the Nu Jiang. It is also the gateway to Dulong Jiang - the Drung Valley
More photos around Gongshan. Notice the murky water of the Nu Jiang, and the crystal clear water of the Puhe stream!
A look towards Bingzhongluo - a small settlement set around a beautiful stretch of the river. The scenery around this town is the number one attraction of the Nu Jiang gorge.
The town is a mixture of minority nationalities - Nu, Lisu, Drung and Tibetans. This is a Budhist stupa that serves the Tibetan community.
There are many Christians along the upper reaches of the Nu Jiang - most of the Nu, Lisu, Drung and a few of the Tibetans are Christians.
Corn fields around Bingzhongluo
Just south of Bingzhonluo
First bend of the Salween (Nu Jiang) River
A look towards the Lisu village of Chala, not far from Bingzhongluo
A church in the village
Fields in the village of Shuangla
A look at the village of Shuangla
The village of Xiao (little) Chala - a Drung village high in the mountains
The Nu Jiang, just north of Bingzhongluo
Shimen - the stone gate. Through this route, horse caravans used to transport tea from the lowlands of Southern China to the high mountains of Tibet
A bridge near the village of Wuli
A look at Wuli
A water mill in Wuli
Making corn flour!
The Gorge is especially scenic around the village of Quinatong
The village of Quinatong, situated on a mountain slope, with a fantastic view of the nearby mountains
A wheat field in Quinatong
Mountains around Quinatong