Empark Grand Hotel Kunming
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... tends to get algae as it is fed by water from the mountains, but doesn't really feed into a river, thus with little circulation the fungus grows. Solutions have been tried, to no avail. Dredges could be seen plying the waters, gathering dirt, which is transferred to other areas to provide further land for development. Upon alighting from the chairlift, we climbed the rest of the way to the summit, ...
... We found our way to the “Hump Over The Himalayas” hostel where we settled down with the backpackers for a Tsingtao beer on their very pleasant terrace. We spent some time perusing the travel information available here but found no details of any tours to the places we were interested in and so were becoming reconciled to spending our time in Kunming exploring the city itself.
We selected a restaurant recommended in the Rough Guide for our ...
... at a modern icecream
shop for $3.50.
The children started arriving and Wenwen and her tutors were once again busy with them. We shared dinner again - nearly all veges and no dessert! Later one little girl who seemed less able than the others apparently did something wrong, and was punished with 100 lines. She sobbed out of control for a long time, even after her mother arrived.
But next morning she was back all bright-eyed. Saturday and Wenwen was free. ...
... up at 6 am and goes running all over town (did we mention how altitude sick the rest of us are?), has the most intense teacher (think "love child of Hello Kitty and a boot camp sergeant"), is a bon vivant at every meal, ventures out like a mad dog or Englishman at the height of the noonday sun (did we mention how dry it is and how much UV light is beating down on us? why all the women carry parasols??), and then
studies hard for hours every evening.
... that these next few blogs are going to be quite short and have hardly any photos as they mainly concern what we had to go through to get to our present location. I think it was the first time we were envious of our fellow travellers getting planes to travel. Now that we have done it I am glad that we stuck to our "No fly" policy as in retrospect the journey was amazing.
So not much to say about Kunming really ...