Crowne Plaza Kunming City Centre
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Lotus was waiting for us at the railway station and helped us make the quick getaway from the station to Mr Driver and breakfast. The first sightseeing stop on the agenda was the Stone Forest - a two hour drive from Kunming. I am not sure what happened on the way because the gentle rocking of the vehicle put me to sleep before we had travelled too many kilometres. But Mac assures me it was more of the same......high rise accommodation, pockets of farmland, cars and buses, ...
... a chicken and vegetable dish that was delicious, a soup with potatoes and meat, some pickled vegetables and another vegetable dish. The smoked pork and chicken with vegetable dishes were out of this world. All the food including the meats came from their farm. John and I had a bottle of wine we brought and gifted it to them at dinner. They were happy to have it. They also had their own hard alcohol made from corn. The two brothers drank but the grandparents and wife abstained, ...
... I was fine and went on my way….walking instead.
During the week I received some gifts for Christmas; apples, cards, sugar cane, sweets etc. One of my classes gave me a wrapped up/decorated apple. In China, many people give each other apples for Christmas as it symbolises safety and happiness. On one of the evenings during the week, around 12 students came to my room in the evening, bringing with them a cake, drinks, ...
... cake with the meal – which is a bit odd! One of the cakes I tried was really nice soo I took some back home with me! It was small and brown, but in the middle was flour and sugar! Nice!
Many photo’s later, it was time to go after such a great time meeting many different people. Mr Li felt the need for some reason to take the half eaten whole chicken with him back to his house. It was rather funny watching him carry the ...
... d landed, it didn't take long for us to collect our luggage and find a bus to take us downtown. We were heading toward a hotel that Lonely Planet promised was clean, cheap, and generally an excellent place to stay, but then warned, "So we've probably jinxed it, eh?" Well. We found the hotel, and it was so closed that the gate around it was boarded up and several of the windows were broken. So much for that!
Our second choice was ...