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Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming August 5th 2022

Arrival Kunming was my first stop on a tour of Yunnan Province. I chose to go with a tour group to ensure that I was with foreigners and an English speaking tour guide. To be honest I was reluctant to book this trip. I am not sure why. I was also considering simply booking a flight to Sanya and having a beach holiday. I ended up in Yunnan and with hindsight it was a very good decision to avoid Sanya as an outbreak of Covid-19 began about the same time. Sanya ended up going into lockdown with media reporting 80,000 stranded tourists. There are still people struggling to leave Sanya as I write this 2 weeks later. Internal flights are becoming more routine now. Covid Tests within 48 hours before flying. Setting up the Health Code ... read more
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Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming October 27th 2018

Hi All This is the 3rd time I have visited Tuanjiezhen 团结镇 about 3/4 of an hour outside of Kunming. Love this hostel as I can camp. Such a beautiful peaceful place. On this visit I went in search of Bai architecture. Scattered around the village are small Bai minority settlements which have either been abandoned totally or semi abandoned. These must have been thriving little hamlets only 20 years ago. Now the locals are leaving them behind as they become richer and have built large new houses. Some new houses have also incorporated the old house into the new. One cannot blame them as the old mudbrick houses much be damp and cold. Enjoy the photos JAH bless... read more
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Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming September 29th 2018

September 18th - Kunming - Dia 89 Time to leave Getu. I never managed to climb anything but I found it to be a nice experience to visit this magestic place before it is turned upside down. Now I was thinking of going all the way to Liming? in a new province called Yunnan. A province famous for all its indigenous populations. It was going to be an experience of its own. Liming could not be reached in a day so I was thinking of stopping in Dali City for a couple of days. Supposedly it was another good place to climb. But the word around is that Liming is the best jaja. But something I have is time so I was in no hurry to go rushing to Liming. Leaving Getu was a whole adventure. ... read more
Fields before entering Xiao Mo Yu Cave
The Lone Cave which I had some fun times
Corn storage

Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming August 13th 2018

The western hills is certainly a place that must not be missed while visiting Kunming. To get there, I caught the cable car that transported me all the way up to the hills. The short trip is quite scenic, travelling over the (dianchihu), it is an emerald coloured lake and the views over the city are quite good. I am particularly attracted by the parks having some fine temples up in the mountains, but there is always this bloody entrance fees that are absurdly expensive. Paid all the entrance fees, I started the climb to the beautiful (lingxu) pavilion, which is about 2,500 meters above sea level and with great views over the dianchi lake. Today the heat was bearable, the gentle breeze dried away all my sudor and giving that sensat... read more
View from the lingxu pavilion
An old lady waiting for a bus on my way to the western hills
Marvelous Taoist temples on the mountain cliff

Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming May 25th 2016

They used the same phrase about Britain 150 years ago and China has taken this mantle some 25 years or more. I'd never stopped to think about the implications of this statement and it was portrayed very clearly as the plane came down. - Where do all the workers live? We saw flocks of 10 story flats. - Where does all the food come from to feed the workers? The land was covered in agricultural plastic on a scale that was almost too large to believe. - How do the workers cook, warm and wash themselves? We saw enormous trains pulling huge numbers of wagons laden with coal. - And where does all the material come from to build the workers houses, roads and factories? There were massive tracts of land that had been gouged out ... read more
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Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming November 18th 2015

Welcome one and all to the 2015 Colorful Yunnan Granfondo Cycling Festival! As most of you are already aware, cycling has become my hobby of choice over the past couple of years. Hiking in Korea was so convenient and affordable, but higher and higher peaks came calling and the hobby of hiking became more remote, dangerous, and expensive (especially to do alone). Cycling was introduced to me by a friend in the states and it was continually on the back burner until recently. This year I finally splurged and picked up my first real racing bike fitted for my body size and type. Carbon frame, Shimano Ultegra groupset, the Swift R830 is the a very solid and much to my dismay, entry level road bike. If Jimi Hendrix could make even the worst guitars sing, I ... read more
Racing Yuxi
Racing Fuxian Lake
Me and the Chuxiong Policeman

Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming November 15th 2015

Kunming : the Bird and Flower market, the Zhenqing Guan temple, the Lake Dian with the Western Hills and the Dragon gate. taxi from Kunming to the ropeway departure at the East side of the Lake, 45Yuan (two sections, one way). entrance to the Dragon Gate, 40Yuan (?). bus down to Gayao bus terminal, 12.5Yuan. city bus number 6, 1Yuan. motorbike ride to the hotel, 20Yuan. !---! Kunming IC Holiday Shuncheng Serviced Apartments, 178Yuang. ... read more
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Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming November 13th 2015

Temples, social park life, and Carrefour supermarket. Kunming is a medium sized Chinese town, 1.1 milion inhabitants, capital of the Yunnan region, 46 million inhabitant s. Known as the "City of the Eternal Spring" because of the Clemenweather, and considered as one of China's most laid-back cities. Taxi ride to the Bamboo Temple, 100Yuan (return !). !---! IC Holiday Shuncheng Serviced Apartments, Kunming, China, 178Yuan.... read more
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Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming October 11th 2015

This time i really travelled around Yunnan Province. Me and other teachers from my school set sail for Tiger Leaping Gorge by way of going to Dali and then Lijiang. After that we even had time to stop at Shangrila for a night cap before going back to Kunming. Photos below belong to our first stop - Dali... read more
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on the way to Erhai Lake

Asia » China » Yunnan » Kunming September 27th 2015

Today is the official Mid Autumn Celebration, a lunar holiday when the moon is closest to Earth and can be seen with all its frontal glory. Moon cakes are popular gifts and all teachers received them in spades. On Friday, 2 days before, we went to Expo Garden and had a picnic inside it. It was unusual and interesting experience. Dumplings, chicken wings, potatoes and of course all types of Yunnanese spices, some of them quite oily. It's a pretty and big place and the bonus is: one can actually go for free after 3 P.M!... read more
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