Feeding the seagulls
I particularly enjoyed feeding the seagulls at Cuihu Park. Actually I was lucky to be in Kunming at the right time to see the seagulls in November, which were by the thousands at the lakes. A lot of people and tourists also enjoyed feeding bread to these birds.
Valentine's Day in Kunming
More and more people, especially Lovers, are celebrating Valentine's Day, China is no expiation. It seem like this western holiday is become more and more popular every year.
The markets are full of flowers. From to blue. By mid day most large markets were sold out of flowers. And of course the price during this holiday for a bunch of roses goes by about 200%.
But that did not stop people from buy flowers for their sweet hearts. A single still rose was selling for 10 RMB, but by the after-noon only a few "not so fresh" flowers were left, and these were still selling for 5 RMB. And of course being China, you can buy flowers of the back of a bicycle. Chocolates also seem popular with the young Chinese.
The year Valentines day falls in the middle of Chinese spring festivals, many already crowded cafe's and restaurants had even more customers. So restaurants had a wall of flowers outside, being to crowded to bring your flowers inside, people would just set them outside the door.Not only sweet hearts spent the day together, but also groups of friends would spend the day together in cafe's play cards and drink tea (and beer). Most people that I spoke with had no idea of the true meaning of valentines day. To them it was a day to buy flowers, and a good excuse to get close with their special someone.
Yunshan Ping (Spruce Meadow)
YUNSHAN PING (SPRUCE MEADOW): Driving further north from White Water River, we reached the ski-lift area which took us up to Spruce Meadow. The ride up the mountain is about 10 mins. Before reaching Spruce Meadow, we walked through the forest for about 30 minutes. I love that walk; it was a very relaxing & peaceful trail. Tranquility at the summit!
On our way to JuiXiang Cave, there are so many restaurants along the highway, with big signage promoting their delicacies....and among my favourite is the Roast Duck. To think of it, we saw lots of white feathered ducks walking around....I fellt rather sorry for them,.... they were going to be my lunch!!! Roast duck and other roast meat...
Peking duck in Kunming
The restaurant has a Qing deco to it, the ushers are dressed in Qi fashion, with the matching head-dress.
A big typical chinese upper class place. The waitresses unfortunately behave like bureaucrats, especially the senior ones. We had a little encounter: we asked for the bill, and the waiter came with it, pronouncing the amount loudly as she approaching us from 10 feet away. This irked me a little, but I kept quiet and asked her the amount when she finally stood beside us. She then asked for a smaller note, and I kindly complied but when I fished into my wallet for it, she was also busy looking in the same place and even suggested that "there there that's a five yuan note you can give to you". Gee, everything is her business ! Peking Duck at RMB128 each, enough for at least 4 people, ideally 6. This one dish is split into a few courses(all served at once) with all the necessary condiments:
1) crispy duck skin : make it the fillings of a pancake, add some spring onions and garlic and some duck sauce. Yummy. Alternatively it can be eaten with a dip in the sugar, and this tastes like very good meaty salsa.
2) tender duck meat: this can be the fillings of the sesame bun.
3) rice porridge: this goes with the duck meat
4) duck soup: now have you enough duck ?
Just order another vege, and that will complete your meal. If there are 6 of you, order another vege, for you might be scared of meat after so much duck.