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Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming October 25th 2013

Kunming is a bustling, vibrant city with a population of nearly 6.5 million. The city is located at the northern edge of the large Dian Chi Lake and contains a plethora of parks, museums, bars and nightclubs. Kunming is famous for its Stone Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. It is about an hour’s drive out of the city. The Stone Forest is a huge set of impressive limestone formations protruding from the ground, giving the impression of a forest made of stone. According to a legend of the Yi minority group, the forest is the birthplace of a beautiful girl called Ashima, who was turned into a stone after being forbidden to marry the man she loved. The Stone Forest was my first stop on my Kunming adventure, and it was a spectacular experience: ... read more
Western Hills
Kan To Night Markets

Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming October 24th 2013

I absolutely love travelling. I love the excitement of being in a new place, and I love seeing amazing new things and meeting some incredible people. But I really don't like flying. My flight to Kunming went via Shanghai, and although it was only 10 hours, it felt so long. But in contrast, the flight from Shanghai to Kunming felt like nothing, because I slept most of the way. And it was a good thing that I did, too, because by the time we landed at Kunming, got our bags, were greeted at the airport by representatives from the China International Travel Mart, and were driven to our hotel, it was about 2.30am when I got to my room. That's 5.30am Sydney time! We had to get up at 6am this morning, so I only had ... read more
Selective Tours Managing Director Christine with our supplier in Tibet
Some of the amazing costumes!
Some more amazing costumes

Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming October 11th 2013

I guess it's third time lucky after all. Because of my scheduling difficulties with the short 15-day free visa I had, I decided to bypass the provincial capital of Kunming in transit twice during my first two weeks here in Yunnan as I made my way up through the province, telling myself I would come back again. And indeed I finally did. After an early morning 7h bus ride northwards again, I finally arrived back in Kunming for what I guess would be my last time in a while. And this time, I did indeed manage to stay several days to check it out. Kunming is pretty much everything you would expect from a large Chinese city. Sprawling, densely-populated with heavy traffic, and with a mixture of the spanking new skyscrapers that have become symbolic of ... read more
Yunnan Museum
Grand View Park
Chicken in a...Sack?

Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming October 6th 2013

Hi All, I decided to stay a couple of days in Kunming before travelling back to Shaoyang but instead of staying in the city, because let's be honest Kunming isn't much different to other Chinese cities, I stayed in the Heart2Heart hostel in TuanJieZhen about 40 minutes outside of the city. If relaxing and walking, cycling and a host of other outdoor activities this is the place to go. I had lovely day and a half here walking off around the country lanes finding the old Bai minority dwellings. I wish I could have stayed longer. Again the people were amazing. I arrived late and having eaten nothing all day I walked back up the pathway to a small restaurant I had seen. The family who owned the restaurant were just about to eat so they ... read more
Bai Dwellings
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Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming August 1st 2013

From the Kunming Airport I wrote the following: It all got official with my booking of the tickets in the beginning of May. I rigorously searched for the right times and prices after finally deciding on a program. Since then it's been excitement and disbelief. I don't have words for my feeling toward this land. I think about setting foot there and I think about breathing in the air of it and whatever feeling this is, it's strong. It takes my beath away. I feel like I have to be there. I want-in my deep heart place-to be there, but I feel like it's more than a want. It just has to happen. It feels like this is big. In definite ways it's important-significant just because I am doing what I want. There's no more to ... read more

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Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming July 10th 2013

Hey Everyone! Just checking in to see how everyone is doing? It was really awesome to hear from some of you and that you took the time to let me know how you are doing! Would you please pass the blog info on to everyone so they know the information? Thanks! It's the rainy season here so it has been raining pretty much everyday. The mosquitos are out and they are really bad! I have about 80 mosquito bites all over me! I guess they love American blood because I don't see any Asians with bites all over them! I have pretty much decided that bug spray is a must at all times, even at night before you go to bed. If this doesn't help I am going to have to get a mosquito net to ... read more
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Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming July 6th 2013

Ni Hao! Since I cannot access Facebook here I thought it would be a good idea to create a blog. This can work like Facebook. I would love to hear what everyone is up to, so we should start a chat forum here on my blog! The Chinese government blocks Facebook in China because they don't want people getting on the site and slandering China. It sounds weird but it has apparently been an issue. I have already tried to get an IP blocker but they have blocked those sites too....lol China is really awesome, especially where I am at. The city I live in is beautiful and the weather is AMAZING! It never gets over 75 degrees! This place reminds me of Manhattan but with 2 million more people! There is a lot of shopping ... read more

Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming July 6th 2013

Hey all! I forgot to mention something. I am on Yahoo Messenger pretty much all the time. My username is erin.woodmancy. Would love to chat!... read more

Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming May 16th 2013

Estou quase a chegar a Shangai, a casa do meu mano! Devemos levar a mente como uma folha em branco. Mas isto nunca acontece, ha preconceito. Surpreendo-me quando os chineses num autocarro me pagam a viagem ate ao hostel, sao simpaticos e quando podem ajudam nas indicacoes na rua. Fui, eu e um sueco, jogar uma partida de basquete com um senhor que nos ajudou na rua. O pessoal no hostel e super delicado e trabalhador. Kunming, motas electricas e bicicletas, toda a cidade (e o que vi do pais...sera toda a China?) parece um estaleiro de construccao. Sente-se a atmosfera de crescimento, de optimismo, de abertura. Procuro os sinais de vermelhidao, do comunismo...mas isto parece mais cor-de rosa. ------ Viajo para Dali no comboio com as familias e jovens chineses. Amanha para Shangrila, em busca ... read more
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Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming May 9th 2013

Originally I was supposed to enter China from a totally different side – through Tibet, but had to change my plans in the end… Than I thought that maybe it was for the best as thinking of going to an altitude of over 4,000m was making me slightly uneasy – I think I’ve had enough of high altitudes for a while… The new plan was to start off in Yunnan, then through Sichuan head all the way to Beijing and finally back south through Shanghai to Hong Kong. But then since I was applying for a Chinese visa in Kathmandu, only got a visa for a month, which definitely wasn’t enough time for my itinerary. Ah well… I decided to stick to the plan though and see how far that would take me… Coming from Kathmandu ... read more
morning tai-chi in the park
in Kunming
at the Yuantong Temple




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