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... before meeting). Thankfully we found a Starbucks and topped up the levels.
The following day was free so we went looking for Qingyang Gong, the best preserved memorial temple of Lao Zi, father of Taoism, but it was closed. Later we found out we were at the wrong entrance!
Michi luvs the Chinese Metro so we took the Metro to the Tang Dynasty Buddhist Temple of Wenshu with more than 450 Buddha Statues. Then a taxi to Wuhou Ci =Marquis of Wu’s Temple where we did ...
... covered headscarves.
* In another tea village further along our route, called Nannuoshan, we meet with Hani minority people. In contrast to Jingmai, Nannuoshan is as yet untouched by commercial or touristic redevelopment. It is still very authentic. We have come here to see Pu'er tea trees that are several hundreds of years old. In doing so we come across a small tea factory and the owner kindly allows us to wander around. There is a large courtyard where browned tea leaves ...
... option. He started by a very simple but perplexing statement. Just follow the Red River. What? You mean, take a boat? No, take a bus that follows the river. OK, what manner of bus is this that follows the river that we had not heard of? (And more importantly, would it be a sleeper bus?) He took a pen and wrote down this formula in Chinese/English:
Nansha -> Honghe -> Yuangjiang -> Jinhong
We were familiar with the first name Nansha ...
... to work in France for a year and confronts similar cultural differences.
All is well that ends well!
In spite of all that, we had a great time! The French girls were looking forward to trekking. Sho and Tomoko were looking forward to touring around Xishuangbanna for a day before going on to Lijiang and we began contemplating escaping the madness of Chinese New Year travel crowds by getting out of China ...
... I didn't have to do this!
As I strolled back down the street, I found the "white shirts" as shown below; they are the "sit on the curb vendors". Are they a family? A clan? What?
Here, below, we see some good-looking knives for sale.
Later on my walk, I saw a very strange shop as we see below; well, ...