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... and so keep the heat in, and you cook the ingredients yourself to taste.
Our favourite restaurant here so far specialises in Yunnanese food. It is called Hong Dou Yuan and we have been there twice. We have had strips of beef fried with a crispy vegetable that looked like hay but tasted fantastic; a spicy sizzling plate of pork crackling with celery and smoked chili; slices of melt-in-the-mouth smoked belly pork served with spinach and ...
... from lane to lane or making their own lanes; lots of tooting but in 'watch-out' tones rather than in anger. It was interesting to see a "no horn" sign on the intersection outside our hotel. Perhaps this is a new initiative? There are traffic lights but half the pedestrians and half the traffic completely ignore them, despite the poor little chaps in fluorescent yellow vests at the larger intersections, frantically blowing on their whistles, gesturing to ...
... Chinese wifi have no access to google or Facebook (known as the 'great firewall of china') and am able to understand noone. It is only once these two critical websites are taken away, do I realise the extent to which I depend upon them. If I had zero Internet access, that's fine, I can't access anything - there's no Internet, that's to be expected. But having Internet with no access to either google or Facebook is beyond irritating. I can't do ...
... iron grilles, rubbish piled everywhere. The stark juxtaposition of the rich and the poor in Kunming - Just a few kilometres down, high society brands like Burberry and Mercedez Benz scream at you.
Nonetheless, Kunming is the must-go should you want to get a transfer to all other parts of Yunnan province, or looking for a city environment and all the creature comforts to relax after a rough time in the villages.
... t leaving until the following night so we said our good-byes and I went on my way. i helped our new friend set up at the hostel and then we decided to visit the Western Hills. Its a beautiful hillside with great views of Kunming and home to a mystical spot called the Dragon Gate(龙门).
Most of the hike actually took place on a road with cars driving by rather often. The views aren't apparent until you finally get onto a "trail". Once you get away from the ...