Kunming Off The Beaten Path

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    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    There are basically 2 ways to experience the JADE DRAGON SNOW MOUNTAIN:

    1) From Snow Flower Village, take the cable-car ride up to the glacier that sits almost at the top of the mountain. (That's 4406 m / 14 500 ft!). It costs about RMB 110. Here you can stand next to the ice-glacier & enjoy the ultimate (lack of oxygen, lol...)! Yes, you can rent the mini-oxygen tanks as well if you are afraid of altitude sickness.

    2) For those who just want a more relaxing journey, take the ski-lift (10 mins. ride) up to Spruce Plank Walkway & enjoy the 30-min walk through the forest where it'll eventually open up into a vast meadow, the Spruce Meadown. I enjoyed the walk through the forest very much. The air is clean, the forest is tranquil & the sunlight feels great! Just a different experience... nice :)

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    Baishui He

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    BAISHUI HE (WHITE WATER RIVER): This is probably the site where you get the most beautiful view of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. It's about 20 mins from the mountain & is at the base of Spruce Meadow. Upon arrival, you'll be met with lots of tourists. But, if you have the time, do wait for them to leave & then you'll have the entire spectacular landscape to yourself. The yak, the crystal clear water flowing over a series of white terraces coupled with a bright & sunny day will give you a most beautiful setting that no amount of words can describe.

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    Dongba Cultural Museum

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    DONGBA CULTURAL MUSEUM.

    What is the Dongba culture & characters?

    Dongba shamans use the Dongba characters which basically are a living pictographic language still in use today. There are about 1400 Dongba characters. These characters are somewhat like those ancient Egyptian characters.

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    LIJIANG

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    LIJIANG: An ancient town that lies NW of Yunnan Province & about 40 mins by flight from Kunming (580 km / 360 miles). It's very close to Tibet & Zhongdian (Shangrila).

    Lijiang survives on tourism & is a mountain town of stones & tiles laced with many canals. A very pleasant town to walk in (though the temperature can be freezing before 10 am & after 6 pm) with a population of around 400,000. There are 22 minorities in Lijiang; the majority of which are Naxi, Yi, Lisu, Bai, Pumi, Dai, Miao, Tibetan, Hui & Zhuang.

    Trivia:
    Why was Lijiang built with no walls while most cultural cities in China were built with walls to protect outside invasions?

    During the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Zhu Yuan Zhang gave the name 'Mu' (meaning wood) to the family who was ruling Lijiang then. In Chinese Character, if one place a wall around the word 'mu', the word becomes 'kun' which means entrapment & difficulty. That sounds unlucky! Hence, since the very beginning, there had been a rule 'no walls around Lijiang'.

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    Yuanyang Ailao Mtn Rice Terrace

    by FreeCloud Written Feb 25, 2003

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    It would be 18 hours bus ride to Yuanyang from Kunming.

    Simple search with www.google.com (keywords 'yuanyang rice terrace', found at least these:
    http://www.earthfoot.org/places/cn001.htm

    ­­http://www.passplanet.com/China/sw/south_east_yunnan.h­tm

    I wish that we had the time to see those magnificent rice terrace built along 1-2 km high mountain areas, over hundreds, it not thousands, of years!

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    Nai3 Gu3 Stone Forest

    by FreeCloud Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Later.

    On our train from Kunming to the usual destined Big Stone Forest, some local tour guides on the train tried to sell some packaged tour with 2 options:
    Both with a tour in the extremely touristy (not know until we got there) PLUS

    a) Nai3 Gu3 Store Forest; or
    b) a water fall area

    Comparing the info given, we decided to take the package with Nai3 Gu3 Stone Forest. We were so glad that we picked this tour.

    Our suggestion, if you do not want to waste your time, take the train to Stone Forest stop, then find someway (mini bus or whatever) go straight to Nai Gu Stone Forest, you will NOT miss anything by not bothering with the usual touristy Big Stone Forest.

    Tourist train from Kunming to Shilin/Stone Forest: #K440, dept 9:46 then return from Stone Forest at 16:26, RMB 40/round trip ticket. Clean with A/C, very comfortable. The scenery along the way is very beautiful.

    Facing the SOUTH/Main Kunming train station, turn to left, a small alley with a big green door is designated for this particular tourist train. You can either buy ticket here or from your hotel (with a RMB 10/ticket service charge as they deliver the ticke to your hotel).

    Details later.

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    Cai3 Sha1 Lin2 (color sand 'forest')

    by FreeCloud Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Also not too far from the Nai Gu Stone Forest and the Big Stone Forest area, there is a 'forest' made of sand, with various hue of red, yellow, beige and white colors.

    It is not the most convenient place to go. Most people may not have time to get to that far.

    More later.

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    There is a good sight named...

    by tierneyli Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    There is a good sight named the Golden Palace which locates on Ming Feng Hill on the north of Kunming suburb. It was first founded in 1602. The the famous thing in this sight is the copper-made palace. And I am also very impressed with the very very fresh air inside this area, people there call it the generator of Oxygen. Dont miss it, you can get there by bus no.10, very convenient.

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    Interesting buildings

    by victorwkf Updated Mar 4, 2006

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    Sometimes you get to see interestingly designed buildings in Kunming, some resembling more Western than Chinese like the ones shown in the photos.

    Building in Kunming, China
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    Water Pump Museum at Cuihu Park

    by victorwkf Written Dec 11, 2003

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    If you are at Cuihu Park, do drop by at the Water Pump Museum within the park which houses the historical pumps which provide the city with freshwater. The pump were build in the 1910s.

    Water Pump Museum at Kunming, China

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    Breathtaking!

    by Sharrie Written Feb 25, 2003

    This scenery is so breathtakingly beautiful! I hope it's purity will still be maintained for years to come. Tourists are beginning to pour into this small town :-(

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    Big Shilin/Stone Forest

    by FreeCloud Written Oct 20, 2002

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    Stone Forest

    Details later

    Website with some info:
    http://www.uh.edu/~jbutler/kunming/stoneforest.html

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    This is my Off the beaten path...

    by l_joo Written Aug 25, 2002

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    This is my Off the beaten path in Kunming. We took a local city bus to somewhere unknown, so here we are, sitting down for some relaxation after so much of walking and sight seeing.

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