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The Yunnan Misadventure

Seventh trip to Kunming, first to Xishuangbanna. Be warned! Never take a tour out of Kunming. We are batting .000 with Chinese tours in Yunnan Province. Go on your own!

Day Ten - Saturday, June 7. Flight to Kunming, Around Kunming


We were scheduled to leave Guiyang and go to Kunming on China Air Flight CA1751 leaving at around 12 Noon. This gave us plenty of time to go get something for breakfast which we did. Ended up in the same area where we had eaten before. Excellent dumplings as expected.

The two young girls took care of us and were both friendly and charming.

Sunee and John visited the local fruit vendor and I ended up with a sack of really sweet cherries courtesy of John. Sunee got some lychees.

Cherries! Not a better way to top off a plate full of steamed dumplings for breakfast!

Early morning breakfast one last time in Guiyang

Time for the trip to the airport via taxi. Only about a twenty or thirty minute ride and we are there. Walked around a bit and finally got checked in and boarded. A short trip and we arrive to Kunming.

Kunming is great because the airport is within ten or fifteen minutes of downtown. At the airport we picked up our bags then walked over to an information kiosk to figure out where we would stay. I learned a long time ago to leave all this to Sunee as she always gets the best deals on hotels. John was skeptical but I was able to calm him down a bit and let Sunee do her magic.

Sure enough, she arranged for us to go check out a couple of possible hotels at about 150 yuan or so. The first place was unacceptable, mediocre and fairly far from the center of town. The second place was great, looked like about a two star hotel within walking distance of dead center. We checked in and relaxed for a few minutes before our next quest. Returning to the gallery of Sunee’s painting teacher.

We took a taxi to Carrefour, the area where I knew the gallery was. Things had really changed. When we were here the last time, things were all under construction. Now there is a beautiful pedestrian walk way along the side of Carrefour and for several blocks. We asked a few people to try to figure out where things were. Finally I suggest we go to Carrefour and start from there. Sure enough, once I got my directions straight, I led us right to the gallery. What a mess the roads were around the gallery. The construction had obviously finished near Carrefour and had moved in the direction of the old city.

Nothing was the same so we had to ask for directions

I remember! This is definitely the way

The side streets were under repair. What a big mess it was!

Vendors are everywhere in Old Kunming

Finally the Gallery and our destination to Sunee's teacher

After taking care of business with Sunee’s instructor, we caught another taxi back to the hotel and relaxed. Sunee and I made arrangements to take a tour to Xishuangbanna in southern Yunnan since we had never been there before. Three days and two nights at 1500 yuan a piece. Expensive but we did not plan on having a lot of time to spend. In fact, I was altogether not ready to come to Yunnan for travel, having planned originally to go on over to Guangxi Province and Guilin. The best laid plans and all that kind of stuff caused us to make this mistep. And after three days, we knew it was a big mistake which we will not do again in China.

Day Eleven - Sunday , Monday and Tuesday , June 8 -10. Xishuangbanna Tour

Our plane was scheduled to leave at around 11 AM so our tour person picked us up at around 9. Fifteen minutes later we were checking in and getting our boarding passes. Kunming is nice like that!

This whole trip to Xishuangbanna was a big mistake so I will simply tell you that we went to the following places but not sure in what order:

Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden

Our guide singing to a plant and it dances

Some Guiyang girls on the tour with us

A hungry bee in the garden

Xishuangbanna Primeval Forest Park

I must have made an impression because she picked me out of the crowd.

Miao Wedding ceremony for the tourists.

Miao wedding.

Guess who got married.

Is this a Yunnan zodiac?

Buying a bamboo flute but which one is best

A fake waterfalls in this "Disney-like" attraction

Welcome to Disney . . . er, I mean a minority village

Just before another performance

A minority performance. Rather hocky at this point

Paid some money so Sunee could hold a peacock

And the parrot flew to Sunee's outreaching hand

Panorama of the hotel area inside the attraction

I think this was a Jinuo girls but not sure

These are definitely Jinuo girls

The end of a truly wasted trip. Cable car up. Nothing. Cable car down. 60 Yuan

A very Thai-style dance. Boring for us from Thailand

More Thai-style stuff. Ho hum!

Looks like a Thai to me

Just a flowering banana tree

Tropical Flower Garden

Mostly I will just show some pictures and write about the low-lights (as opposed to the high-lights). The whole tour was a huge rip-off, including getting abandoned for over four hours on Monday afternoon in the middle of a podunk town with nothing to do. Ugly tourism, Chinese style. Here are the pictures with captions.

A great massage. In fact, the best I ever had!

The best shopping experience we had. Coffee! Lots of coffee.

Day Thirteen - Tuesday, June 10. Return to Kunming

Day Fourteen - Wednesday, June 11. Trip to Yunnan University

Day Fifteen - Thursday, June 12. Around Kunming, Kundu Goatrope

Day Sixteen - Friday, June 13. Return to Emei

Posted by inchinahil 07:03 Archived in China Tagged tourist_sites

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