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Free Day in Guiyang and on to Kaili, Days 5 & 6

Tired old people need their rests, so we did our own things. Mostly shopping (Sunee and I) and looking for employment (John). All successful!

Day Five - Monday, June 2. Free Day in Guiyang

We had originally planned for another tour today, but we were tired, very tired. We decided to sleep in and do whatever we felt like doing. Our decision the next morning was simple: shopping for us and a trip to a university for John. We had decided earlier to change our plans because John wanted to go to Kunming and look for job opportunities there. First thing we did on Monday was to go to a travel agent to book air tickets to Kunming. Twasn’t early, though, about 10 AM. This is when John decided he wanted to go visit the university of Craig’s friends, Cindy and Joe and check for jobs. The following are some pictures that he took at Guizhou College of Finance and Accounting. BTW, the good luck for John was that he was offered a two-year contract to teach at the college.

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John's new employer starting next semester

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John's college guides

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Guizhou College of Finance and Economics, a modern campus

Sunee and I decided to go to the biggest market area and shop for some Feng Shui stuff for the Chinese house we hope to build in Hua Hin, Thailand. So we got a taxi and went to Youzha Jie Bird and Antique Market. It was a great place for shopping. Sunee concentrated on her Feng Shui stuff while I roamed around and took these pictures.

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Clay pottery jars stacked neatly. Too big for us to buy.

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Everything is red in this shop

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Shopping for Feng Shui items

After shopping for a couple of hours or longer, we decided to stop off at the local Walmart. Big underground complex right across the street from the Mao statue. At Walmart we bought a cheap back for our upcoming trip to Kaili and then found a cheaper one in one of the underground markets that are all over the place in the big cities of China. Pictures of the irony - Mao saluting the capitalism that is Walmart.

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The impressive Mao statue saluting socialism

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The impressive Walmart sign saluting capitalism. Mao and Walmart face each other.

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This whole area is actually the top of an underground Walmart

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We never turn down Xinjiang bread

We got back to our hotel (7 Days Inn) and waited for John and the crew to arrive. Together we went out for an evening of Guiyang food. On the way, John bought a cheap back and Sunee bought a top that we had seen at the First Scholar Tower being spun for sport by some old ladies. We finally got to the restaurant and had some typical Guiyang food. Had a good time visiting with Craig, Cindy and Joe. Got back to the hotel at around 10 PM and crashed. End of another long day.

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Our group headed for a Guiyang typical snack restaurant

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Sunee buys a top on the way

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We find the snack restaurant

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The locals call this snacking

Day Six - Tuesday, June 3. Kaili Trip

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Our trip to Kaili began with a leisurely breakfast a couple of blocks from our hotel in the “famous” Guiyang duck area a few nights before. In fact, we had dumplings (jaodz) at the same stand from the previous experience with the duck. Nice breakfast and I got to get even better pictures of the Guiyang duck, so beautiful and golden (on the outside). Sunee also picked up some sticky rice for her breakfast from one of the street vendors.

After breakfast, breakfast we walked over to the Bank of China ATM, picked up some money and then caught a quick taxi to the bus station. Our bus to Kaili left at 10:02 AM on the dot. Less than a two-hour ride to Kaili. Nice, easy and comfortable. Now to find out what is in Kaili. The answer - nothing.

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Our bus left two minutes late. Not bad, huh?

We found a hotel not far from the bus stop and had the afternoon free. The hotel called a travel agency concerning our desires to visit some of the local villages but when the travel agent offered his services for big bucks we decided to go on our own.

After freshening up a bit, we went out for a quick lunch. Walked along the streets within blocks of our hotel and John stumbled onto a restaurant offering mostly vegetarian. The ladies were so nice and sweet we could not refuse. The meal was cheap and excellent. The pictures tell it all.

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Friendly people in Kaili

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Great food, too

Not sure what to do next, we got the taxi driver who took us from the bus station to take us to the main sites in Kaili - both sites. What a waste of time that was! One was the big stadium we had seen coming into town and the other was a local museum. We were let out at the museum, went inside and decided to pass on paying the ten yuan charge for visiting. A big zero for a museum so we went outside bought some ice cream, walked back to the hotel.

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The first of the two major tourist sites in Kaili. It sucked!

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The second major tourist site. We saw it from a distance. Modern fake contruction.

On the way back (John had recognized the monument in the middle of the street from our hotel so we had our directions right), several locals offered their services to us as guides. Seems as if everyone in this town is a guide to the outlying minority villages. Thanks but no thanks.

By the time we got back to the hotel got cleaned up and rested, it was time to eat, so we walked along the same street as before. It was after 8 PM and it appeared that the streets were getting rolled up for the evening. We finally found a cute little clean place where we had some noodles. The owner and workers were as friendly as any place we had been in China. Even their two customers showed a lot of friendliness toward us. A nice place, this Kaili. Back to the hotel in preparation of our trip to Xi Jiang the next day.

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Found this little restaurant about two blocks from our hotel. Really great food and nice people.

Posted by inchinahil 06:50 Archived in China Tagged tourist_sites

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