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Travel Blogs from Kunming
Well our welcome to Kunming could not have been better! And such a contrast to our experience with World Expeditions! If the trek goes as well we will be very lucky indeed.
After a very smooth four-hour flight to Kunming this morning we were met at the airport by Michael, who will be our …
... Kunming, one day I went to a Dai ethnic restaurant, where the food was so spicy that my tongue felt a cold sensation (that feeling you get when the shower water is so hot it feels cold). Another day I ate Mongol ethnic food which put Italy's garlic use to shame.
That Mongol restaurant, which served me fried water snake and fried grasshoppers, reminded me to talk about foods that seemed strange to me, since I've eaten a lot of them already. Besides the two previously mentioned, the ...
... and we headed towards our hosts for the next few nights. Willie and Yuan, much like Afroz and Zara in Chengdu, were a pair of young, successful entrepreneurs running their own business. We arrived at their flat at the top floor of a flashy, doughnut-shaped skyscraper in the pulsing centre of the city, and entered open-mouthed. Their penthouse flat was large, sumptuous, and even had a little front lawn.
“Come in, come in,” Willie said hastily, “I'm afraid ...
... ceremony, which in all the times I've visited Buddhist temples, I've never had the luck to actually witness one. Right inside the temple we found a vegetarian-friendly restaurant, much to my delight.
We decided to take the sleeper train about 8 hours to a town called Lijiang, a place known for its vibrant culture, old customs and....minorities?! In a country where 92% of people are of the Han ethnic group, anyone who ...
When we stepped out of our hotel room that morning in Xinjie, we couldn't see anything of the valley below us, and I thanked the local gods that's they'd given us clear views the day before. Or at least as clear as August would allow!
Our bus was to leave just after 9 o'clock. But who do you think was standing beside the baggage compartment of our bus? [Feel free to imagine some appropriately ominous music here!] Mme Je Dirige! She and one of her companions were ...
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