Yuntel Inn Kunming Xichang Road
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Ni hao, mate! Welcome to China! Although not the exact greeting we received as we reached the Chinese side of the "Friendship Bridge" that connects the Vietnamese city of Lao Cai and China's Hekou, the friendly smile and welcome offered by the Chinese immigration official was the first sign that we were in for good things over the course of the coming month in China. Having awoken early that morning with some nervous anticipation about the fate that ...
... the most beautiful materials, jandals in huge bundles, underwear, the usual fresh fruits/veges/meat and live chickens... We also picked up some photos that I had ordered, and dropped them around to Sara, so that she could take them back to one of the villages on her next trek. A young mother had approached me just as we were leaving her village, and asked if I could send her a photo of her young son. I was happy to do so. We tried to get down to the river via the eastern end ...
... more expensive than at home!! Crazy....
We all know how well China is performing economically but we have witnessed it first-hand!! There's a real buzz of consumerism going on here. Big, new cars, lots of designer clothing, very expensive coffees and alcoholic drinks being consumed by the young and affluent Chinese! All very interesting!! We feel like the poor Brits now!!
... to a swanky room with soft lighting and vinyl couches. I was told the 5th floor by one of the receptionists of the hotel but I went to the 5th floor of the wrong building. I was greeted by dark hallways with neon lighting and two men, Chinese men I think, but because I was looking for the Vietnam Consulate, I assumed they were Vietnamese and I had a new challenge in front me, figure out how to ask Vietnamese people for directions. I still haven't figured out how to ask ...
... some beer. Maybe Tiger, I forget. Then we played Liar's dice, only speaking in Chinese! Eventually we made our way downstairs and some nice Chinese people invited us to their table. None of them spoke good English and none of us spoke good Chinese but somehow it worked and it was fun! We all toasted each other and tried to chitchat and joke around for a few hours. We thanked them for their hospitality and went on our way.
I slept well that night. I woke up and contacted ...