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... for the tourists. Ruili is a typical border town. In the past it had a reputation for drug and gem smuggling and illegal trading but, apparently, the Chinese government 'sorted' this out. However, as we drove towards the border yesterday we had to pass through several police checkpoints and many Chinese were having their cars searched. The town does have an 'edgy' feel (as the Lonely Planet describes it) but is ...
... with exactly the same shops as everywhere else. It turned out to be a pleasant place though, with interesting, friendly people, a lot of culture and beautiful surroundings.
Because the border with Myanmar, only 7 km away, is not open to western travelers there are not many of us who visit Ruili. Indeed, everywhere I went to I was gawked at like I was from outer space by minority people, schoolkids, international traders and was greeted by ...
... with us.
Going to the Myanmar border was interesting too if a bit intimidating. Not many westerners venture here so we got a lot of stares. There were some friendly people however. We wonder across a buddhist temple and a friendly monk invites us in for some squash and some biscuits. Hell of a nice bloke - called Samuel.
Off to Jinghong next and a gruelling 30 hour bus ride - which turns into a gruelling 34 hour bus ride.
... facet in that shining jewel. Since the coup in 1962,
the vast teak forests of central Burma have been stripped, denuding the
land and causing its once mighty river, the Irrawaddy, to silt up; its
infrastructure has collapsed; most of its universities have been
shuttered; and unless they join the mercenaries, many young men end up
serving in the army ...
... games. Grannies, shopkeepers, farmers. For money. But lured by free trips and the prospect of cheap jade, more have been heading to south -west frontier towns and crossing the border to Burma. "People who don't know what's going on have been trapped in casinos, beaten and their relatives asked to pay ransoms," the foreign ministry said on its website. Just last month, 19 Chinese ...