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Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming July 7th 2015

CYCLING AROUND KUNMING As many of you already know, I have become a pretty avid cyclist. Living in Kunming provides some excellent places to ride and explore. Just 15km or so from my front door brings one into the real countryside of Southwest China. Lacking of cars and trucks, the routes usually get held up with herds of goats, water buffalo, and dairy cows. The occasional flock of geese or random chickens running about also make it a fun place to ride. It has been fun to cycle this year starting in February to watch how the crops cycle, and seeing when (and where!) our food is being produced. Early this year saw the planting of wheat, which was harvested about a month or so ago. The farmers take the stalks and beat them against wooden ... read more
Dear in the Tobacco
Wet Ride

Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming February 21st 2015

20 fév De Yangshuo à Guilin en bus, me voilà maintenant à embarquer dans un train en direction de Kunming. À la gare, comme je n'attendais pas dans la bonne file, c'est une jeune étudiante, à qui j'avais montré mon ticket rose, qui m'a agrippé par le packsack et m'a traîné à la bonne place. Comme un chien en laisse. Et puis j'ai déambulé sur le quai en montrant mon billet de train aux gardes à képi aussi. Jusqu'au moment où on m'a fait signe de monter dans un des wagon... et qu'on m'a pointé une couchette. Étape par étape. C'est ainsi que j'ai posé mon derrière dans un train vers Kunming à ma place comme un champion. Il est 16h20 lorsque le train se met en marche. Je partage l'alcôve où se trouve mon semblant ... read more
Jeune fille du train et mon souper

Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming October 7th 2014

Friday: Kunming Breakfast was in the non-revolving revolving dining room on the 23rd floor of the hotel!! Then it was off to the 'Stone Forest' ( see photographs) - although this was busy I think we were the only westerners (apart from a couple of back-packers). We are now in the remoter SW part of China, off the normal 'Western Tourist' route. This area is a lot more like I'd imagined China to be - mind you, everyone under 30 strolls around clutching an iPhone!! For dinner we ate 'Across The Bridges Noodles' - a recipe developed by local women so that the food did not go cold when it was taken to their husband (across a bridge!!) at lunchtime. After dinner Kate and I strolled around the local streets - these came alive with street ... read more

Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming May 15th 2014

Moc pěkně to teda nezačíná. Na nádraží v Lijiangu jsem bezmyšlenkovitě vešel do zóny za rentgenem (systém čínské železnice se totiž spíš podobá letištím), kde už se nebylo kde najíst. Zkusil jsem tedy čínskou variantu chemického polotovaru známého v Česku jako "čínská polívka", v Číně jako 方便面 čili pohodlné nudle. Bohužel jsem vzal sečuánskou variantu, a už ve vlaku mi žaludek začal tancovat. Po příjezdu do Kunmingu mě dále na nádraží začali otravovat různí podnikavci, takže jsem chtěl co nejrychleji vypadnout, ačkoli jsem ani nevěděl, na kterém nádraží to vlastně jsem - mobil zrovna vypovídal poslušnost. Vystoupil jsem tam, kde se mi to zdálo jako centrum, a dal se do hledání ubytování, podle turistických průvodců - většinou totiž hotely do předu nerezervuju. První hostel byl zjevně zbouraný, druhý... read more
Náměstí Jinbi (金碧广场)
Ptačí trh
Poslední staré budovy

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
heart2heart hostel
Around Hostel

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

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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