A quick post as i am rushing to pack for an Antarctic trip which Paveena and I leave for tonight. Last week we were in Jiuzhaigou in China – the trip planned to coincide with peak Autumn foliage. As it turned out, we were a week or two early (the impact of global warming no doubt) but whatever the time of the year, this is a truely spectacular place. China may have eaten all its wildlife (anyone who watched the BBC production last year, “Wild China” will have seen how the producers really struggled to find any wildlife), but it still has some of the world’s most stunning scenery and Jiuzhaigou is right up there. Yes, you will have to to deal with throngs of mainlanders with positively appalling manners and taxi drivers on the way to the park with “death wish” stamped to their heads, but this is a destination not to be missed. It clearly has not been discovered yet by westerners with no more than a handful spotted over six days. I’ll post some more pics later, but here’s a taste of what’s on offer.