Bird and Flower City
Trip Start Nov 02, 2011
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After my first night in the hostel I’m eaten alive, although I thought I had the mosquito repellant switched on, it turns out there was no disc in it and I was left a right mess. I start (probably a bit late) my malaria tablets which I’ve carried since I left home although I’ve used periodically, this area has some risk and I’m heading south so I’d better start
The hostel has a nice relaxed atmosphere and during my stay I meet loads of nice folk, a Brummie guy in particular who is also cycling gives me loads of good tips which are appreciated. I manage to get my visa for Vietnam sorted out which is where i plan on heading to next, and get my bike serviced so it's all ship shape for heading on once again. I'm finding my bike really comfortable and it looks like I've managed to break the saddle in already with not to much pain being involved (well fingers crossed none to come), it's a Brooks which are meant to be the best so fingers crossed.
I do my tourist bit visiting the flower and bird markets, the old streets and buildings are fascinating and I love the many lanes, I head out to Green Lake which is full of people dancing in their groups which every city seems to have. It’s a pretty place with loads of flowers everywhere and I love the old mixed with the new buildings which I see on a few of the days I cycled round town, it’s a joy cycling with no luggage (I think I’ll need to lose some of the weight I’m carrying).
Some of the markets have snakes, spiders, creepy crawlies for sale as well as birds, rats, mice etc. dragon cats (which I had never seen or heard of before and look like gremlins) and puppies, hundreds of them all held in glass tanks which just isn’t right to me. They also sell lots of traditional touristy items and for once I buy a few bits and pieces which I enjoy, normally I just don’t shop as I won’t carry anything but it was good fun doing a bit of bargaining with the stall holders.
I visit the Stone Forrest which is outside Kunming one of the days, it’s natural rock formations are incredible and the place truly is massive, a real forest
I enjoy Kunming, the weather has been lovely and I just try and relax not doing too much other than relaxing, having a wander and chilling with some of the other guests, it a nice place with a far more chilled out feel to it than other cities I’ve been in, maybe that’s why I ended up staying for a while.