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... now we were told.
Crossing the street was far easier and the footpaths not crowded. We
found a lovely small lake with people sitting and enjoying. Also one
where serious card games were being gambled on and mahjong played. The locals
seemed amused at our interest. Found a beautiful Arts Centre in gold
deco - the nearness to Thailand now very apparent - colours, the
look of the people, elephants and peacocks featuring in ...
... that George the guide had a smirk on his face.
Apparently, the document could be faxed over to the immigration station. But all the officers in Kunming, that dealt with this sort of documentation, were in a meeting and wouldn't be available to do the faxing until 1pm, bearing in mind that the border closed at 11am to 3pm!!
After much 'getting frustrated' we were eventually allowed through and into the 'no mans' land between China ...
... and much more pleasant to walk around.
We spent one of the days in a nearby town called Ganlanba. We were originally planning to cycle there, but 2 hours of cycling in hot weather and the risk of getting lost didn't sound too appealing. We got to the town by a 50minute bus ride over some terrible roads. The town looked run down with absolutely nothing to do. We went into a nearby supermarket to buy some water and a few other things and someone that worked ...
... to our table. The Manager scurried back over and put his arm around the girl and walked her away." No! No! No!” the Manager exclaimed, "she is new and inexperienced and will not be able to get the order of such a large group correct. She will not do” and they walked away. Surely the Manager is playing a small joke on the stupid Americans, we hoped? Ha, Ha! Then, the Manager didn’t return. And no one else ...
... the short name for the province which is: Xishuangbanna.
Now that I'm at the right station, it's time to buy the ticket: I have written my city name down as clearly as possible, the date, and practiced saying: the first bus in the morning. Now..which window? I don't know, just get in the shortest line. So here we go: