Hot pot..actually, this is in chongqing, where we passed through on the way from Lhasa. Note all the chilis in the broth.
fresh pineapple everywhere!
mmm...pineapple sticky rice. it's real!
our wonderful friend whose studio we stumbled upon out of the rain. the paintings in the background are hers.
she and her husband make and package pu'er tea, a kind unique to this region.
tian miao juan also drove us to the ancient tea plantations and took us on a hike to the oldest tea tree.
these tea trees are over 300 years old.
beth and kelly
caught in the rain
this is the 800 year old tea tree
these next photos are all from the xishuangbanna tropical botanical garden
i have a thing for these hugs lily pads
HUGE spiders all over
me - photo by kelly
rock formation in a cave, called something like "the origin of life"
a hollow part of the cave
the village from where we began our rainforest trek