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Duncan visiting the Great Wall at Huangyaguan, China

Duncan, China & Tibet Specialist

Studying for an MA in Geography and Spanish at the University of Glasgow gave me the opportunity to spend an unforgettable year living in Buenos Aires and exploring the rest of South America. After completing my studies, I wanted to explore a new region, so I moved to Beijing to work as an English teacher, followed by working as a journalist at a Chinese Government magazine. This allowed me to travel extensively across the Middle Kingdom at a pivotal moment in the country’s history and I became a strong Mandarin speaker.

Since working for Audley, I have returned to China several times. My highlights have been discovering the ancient towns and ethnic minorities of Yunnan province and an adventure through Tibet. And, taking the epic overland route from Lhasa to Kathmandu in Nepal is an experience I will never forget.

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I'll never forget when…

I was in Yunnan in southwest China, a region known for its ethnic minorities, in time for the 60th anniversary of the prefecture gaining autonomy. My Tibetan guide insisted I should wear her husband's traditional clothes for the celebrations. As we entered the local stadium everyone's eyes seemed to focus on me, the only foreigner. I later found out that most people were laughing because I was wearing shorts which made the outfit look like a dress. My error helped introduce me to people from all of Yunnan's 20 ethnic minorities. I don't know if I was taking more photos of them or them of me.

Photos of Duncan

Duncan in Gyantse, Tibet Duncan in Gyantse, Tibet
Duncan with views of five Himalayan peaks over 8000 m, Tibet Duncan with views of five Himalayan peaks over 8000 m, Tibet
Duncan on the road to Reting, Tibet Duncan on the road to Reting, Tibet
Duncan at Samye Monastery, Tibet Duncan at Samye Monastery, Tibet
Duncan outside the Big Goose Pavillion in Xian, China Duncan outside the Big Goose Pavillion in Xian, China
Duncan in the rice terraces at Longji, China Duncan in the rice terraces at Longji, China
Duncan in Shanghai, China Duncan in Shanghai, China
Duncan visiting the Songzanling Monastery in Zhongdian, China Duncan visiting the Songzanling Monastery in Zhongdian, China
Duncan with a pilgrim Kham (eastern Tibet) in Gyantse, Tibet Duncan with a pilgrim Kham (eastern Tibet) in Gyantse, Tibet

Photos taken by Duncan

Songtsam Hotel, Tacheng Songtsam Hotel, Tacheng
Everest's North Face Everest's North Face
View of valley in Tacheng View of valley in Tacheng
Mount Everest from the Rongbuk Monastery Mount Everest from the Rongbuk Monastery
Monks sitting an exam at Shalu Monastery Monks sitting an exam at Shalu Monastery
Lady in Gyantse Old Town Lady in Gyantse Old Town
Gyantse Dzong Gyantse Dzong
Prayer flags on the road to Gyantse Prayer flags on the road to Gyantse
Yamdrok-Tso Lake Yamdrok-Tso Lake
Drigung Til Monastery Drigung Til Monastery
Drigung Til Monastery Drigung Til Monastery
Traditional Sakya home Traditional Sakya home