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Via de JadeEmu hebben we de bus geregeld naar JingHong, dit is de laatste stad voor de grens met Laos. Van daaruit hebben we nog maar een aantal uur te gaan naar Luang NamTha onze eerste stop in Laos. We hoeven niet naar het station maar de hostel heeft een extra stop geregeld bij de Old Town waar we kunnen instappen. Net voor het vertrek krijgen …
... were just too busy to care, really, whereas the mainland old people have nothing to do but stare at us. Anyways, we bought some water and continued on our way. At this point, we were scouting houses to ask villagers if we could stay with them for a night. We both were wimping out, afraid to impose ourselves on them, but it was getting to be 5:30pm or so and we weren’t able to turn around and had no choice. We looked for the house with the best view, and came across a Mao Zedong ...
... misty first thing in the morning but by mid afternoon it was very hot and humid and we were running out of energy. A refreshing cold beer by the river revived us sufficiently for the return walk to our hotel.
Back at the Mekong Cafe that evening we collected our bus tickets and had another very good meal - chicken cooked in coconut (literally). We had had a great time in China despite the occasional frustration. Tomorrow we were off to a new country - Laos.
As I mentioned before, we were well in the tropics now and Jinghong is described as having the perfect winter and the best climate in China.
A couple of us dumped our bags at the hotel and headed off down the main drag where there were several cafe type bars.
On examining a menu at 'The Mekong Cafe" a western bloke quickly came up to us and introduced himself as 'Greg' a French national who had lived in the city for 10 ...
... at Douyishu village
7:15 am: Minivan to Xinjie (25 km/30 minutes)
8:00 am: Xinjie to Nansha Bus (30 km/1 hour)
9:45 am: Nansha to Honghe Bus (60km/1 hour)
12:30 am: Honghe to Yuangjiang Bus (60 km/1 hour)
3:45 pm: Yuangjiang to Mojiang Bus (75 km/1 hour)
5:00 pm: Mojiang to Pu'er Bus (150 km/3 hours)
8:30 pm: Pu'er to Jinghong Bus (120 km/2 hours)
10:30 pm: Arrive Jinghong
But just as it did enroute, it turned out differently.