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... but to take a seat (we did ask if they serve bar meals but that didn't translate!) and the hostess/waitress attempts to take our order from a bizarre single page menu with six sections each offering between 2 and 4 options. It looks like a set menu where we pick an option from each box. Fine, but we are for some reason not allowed the same choice for our main meal...! Eventually we negotiate an exception to the rule and when the food turns up it's not too bad. But we won't be back ...
... here as Xishan. We caught bus 73 for about 45 minutes from our hostel, then bus 94 that dropped us at the foot of the mountain. There we found a minibus to take us up the hill and began descending passing through several temples incrusted in the cliff. After walking a few minutes, we reached the summit and the view there is breathtaking, the most beautiful one I've seen in China so far. It overlooks Dianchi Lake, which ...
... the path was well indicated with boards and painted arrows but sometimes I was not sure about which road to take. However, I managed to identify fresh footprints (did I ever see this in Man vs. Wild?) and they gave me confidence to follow the right path. A few minutes later, I crossed a guy that was coming down, just said hello and went on. At this time comes the critical part of the trek: "the 28 bends". It is a series of 28 sharp and steep turns that ...
Sunday was our last day in Kunming (yay!) and we decided to head out of town a little to the Stone Forest, a collection of interesting limestone formations. We had breakfast at the hostel and headed to the Park N Save for some snacks. I found it amazing that almost nothing in the big grocery store was recognizable. We scored some dried mystery fruit, crackers?, water, and some cheap hoodies. The bus ride to catch the other long distance bus was a cluster**** and we ...
... we were told that we would be heading to the other side of the Stone Forest. Unfortunately this never happened – we think because of the volume of traffic. Eventually we arrived at our restaurant for lunch.
The restaurant was set within the park. It appeared to be undergoing major renovation or building work, but a quiet table had been set for us – in fact we seemed to be the only ...