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Yunnan, Part I

We recently had a week break for the Fall festival, so some fellow foreign teachers and I decided to make a trip to the southern province of Yunnan. It borders Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam. Yunnan is considered the most ethnically diverse province in China, with 26 ethnic groups residing within its boarders. The east side of the Province runs up against the Pacific and the west side is high altitude, it is the the foothills of the Himalayas.

We took a train (25 hrs) from Changsha to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan.

John, during our first morning in Kunming, enjoying a cup of coffee at the Hump Hostel

John, during our first morning in Kunming, enjoying a cup of coffee at the Hump Hostel.

John, watching somone drop his camera

John watching someone drop his camera.

We spent a single day in Kunming. In the morning we walked around the city. In the city there are a pair of pagoda’s from the Tang Dynasty, built between 824-839.

Pogodas were built to store ancient texts and religiosu relics.

Pagoda's were built to store ancient texts and religiosu relics.

In the afternoon we went to Daguan Park. Daguan Park is very similar to Changsha’s own Martyr’s Park. Both are enormous tract of land, both have lots of people, both have nature-type things (trees and lakes), and both have a lot of amusement park rides.

Danny, left, and Brenden, right, at Dashuan Park

Danny, left/ back, and Brenden, right, at Daguan Park

The park was fine, just a little too similar to what we’ve already seen in Changsha. The highlight for me were the these big inflated cylinders floating on the water. They were similar to the plastic balls for gerbils to run around in, but for humans and floating on the water.

Amazed, Brenden and I tried one out.

My backside and John getting a picture of my backside

My backside. John getting a shot of my backside

It was exhausting and fun.

Me, left, Brenden, right

Me, left, Brenden, right

For the late afternoon, we went hiking in the hills on the outskirts of Kunming. Kunming is called the “Spring City” or the “City of of Eternal Spring” because of its temperate climate. And it’s true! The weather for the day we were in Kunming was fantastic.

From left to right, Brenden, John, Michaela, Sam, Danny, me.

From left to right, Brenden, John, Michaela, Sam, Danny, me.