Jinghong, China

Trip Start Dec 25, 2008
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Trip End Dec 25, 2009


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Yun Da Hotel

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

After Meung Sing I took a bus back to Luang Nam Tha and then took a bus from there direct to Jinghong, China.  It was about 50,000 kip and I chose this bus as I didn't want to handle the border crossing myself with my baggage - basically being left at one point and having to walk or take a tuktuk to the point of entry.  This was defnitely a great idea.  The driver and assistant helped me along. The police/custom officers did check my baggage but not a huge deal.  It was done very quickly and no problems. I was the only one with baggage (many travellers just do day trips between both countries). I believe the bus ride is approx. 5 hours. Arrived in Jinghong and took a tuktuk to a hotel/hostel mentionned in the Lonely Planet. OMG, horrible room, very dirty . . .smelly . . .  but it was getting late so I took it for one night and was quick to find something else the next day. I found quite a nice hotel for 110 yuen. It was clean and quite large but a bit far from the center.  I met another lady who was staying in a guesthouse and was paying 50 yuen so I checked there and ended up taking a room for 70 yuen with computer in the room (They did not have wifi!!). It is facing the temple just a couple of streets from MeiMei Restaurant. (the hotel name is Yun Da Hotel - Fax: 5034172 - Phone:  5034181 or 5034179 or 5034190 = 110Y)  (cheaper hotel is An Ya Jiu Dian on Man Lan Lu Street)

It took me about three days to overcome the culture chock and make a plan on how I would proceed travelling in a country where I don't speak the language and can't read it neither and most  Chinese don't speak english nor read it, nor write it!!!!   Actually Jinghong was a good place to start touring China as it is close to the Laos border and the Myanmar border and the influence of these two countries are very noticeable.  As well Jing hong is also quite small so easy to get around.  I rented a bike again and went out to the country side and noticed major differences in the architecture as well as how the villages are organized. I also did alot of walking around Jinghong to visit the sites.  I am starting to notice already the lovely Chinese gardens. Spent quite a bit of time at one of the restaurants recommended by Lonely Planet which was MeiMei. Excellent food, excellent service and they also help with bus transportation and many travel questions.  On the other hand, I did not  find the Mekong cafe as helpful and was overcharged on diner there!! (I can never appreciate a lack of honesty! and a deliberate attempt to try and get extra money from tourists!!)
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