Ximeng Things to Do
Right on the outskirts of town on the way to the cattle skulls, there are two top spinning fields and a croquet field. Plenty of old folks stop by in the late afternoon hours to play and watch. If you ask nicely, they'll let you spin their tops too.
The local minorities in the area, the Wa or Va, were famous for being head hunters. Not being able to practice it any more, they've turned to worshipping cattle skulls. In the county seat of Ximeng, there was a shrine of sorts in the hills right outside of town with cattle skulls hung along the length of trees.
From the bus station, make a left after coming out, then keep walking for half a kilometer until the end of the road. Make a left and the road should lead to what looks like the start of wilderness. At this point, there should be a mountain on your right side and if you keep going down the path, you'll hit a water wheel. Right before the wheel, there was another path that led up the mountain to the right, which after a five to ten minute walk, you'll see the clearing with the skull shrine.
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There were plenty of buses leaving Ximeng in the mornings to Lancang, Menglian and other points in the county. If you wanted to head north to Canyuan, then take the Lancang bus to the Zhutang truck stop, then hope oncoming trucks and buses went that way. It was probably easier to just go back to Lancang before proceding. Or go north to Shangyun, where there's a bus station. We ended up taking three trucks that day to get to Canyuan. Good luck.Related to:
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