Yunnan Stone Forest and Pu erh Tea
Trip Start Feb 09, 2012
19Trip End Mar 03, 2012
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Where I stayed
Golden Dragon Hotel. 165 Beijing Rd.
What I did
Sani Ethnic Village
Cross - Bridge Rice Noodles
It was nice to see the female guides and cart drivers dressed in local Sani tribal costume. Daisy hiked us up hill and down dale through the stone forest, around lakes and ponds with blossoming cherries and crab apples dotted around their shores. We went through narrow gorges and under a hanging rock, over bridges and up to lookout pavilions. It was a lovely morning hike trying to imagine all sorts of animals or people in the rock formations. We gave many our own names. At the end we went through an old Sani village that was being demolished to make way for a park, so the locals were told, though it may end up as a Golf Course they say. We met a lovely elderly lady out getting her drinking water. She was a wee Gem.
Lunch was at a food hall protected by a phalanx of market stalls through which you had to run the gauntlet, and risk buying a hideous piece of bric-a-brac or nic-nac for the mantlepeice back home. Lunch was worth the effort getting through the stalls and was very tasty. Lemon chicken, bean curd, rice and tea. The trip back to Kunming was nice too. The Stone Forest is Yunnan's most popular tourist attraction.
Back in Kunming, we were taken to a tea house. We were given the spiel again about how to make tea, a la China. This time they introduced a tea that sounded like it could be useful to me as well as tasting ok. I have never been a fan of tea without milk. The young lady got us to try Pu erh tea, and I thought it was rather nice. It is a locally made post fermented tea from the large leaf Camellia Sinensis 'assamica'. It is named after the county where the main tea trading post was. It tastes like fried rice to me, and I now drink it without milk. In fact I have it darker than I ever thought I could stand. The good thing about it is that it is more than 90% as effective as cholesterol lowering drugs. And the young lady says it can drop your weight by 10 kilos over a 3 month period, looking at me, why do they always look at me?
Anyway, I'm giving it a go as it has got me drinking green and Oolong teas now. I'll keep you posted on the effects of Pu'erh tea after three months. Watch this space.
Kunming has hundreds of tea shops.
Teatime at the Hotel. We were having a local dish known as cross-bridge noodles. Daisy and Bunnik Tours of Adelaide had also arranged a birthday cake for me tonight for my 57th birthday. We were inundated with dishes of food on the table, many of which had mushrooms of one type or another as a main ingredient. I'm not keen on fungi, but there were plenty of other dishes to tackle, and the fabulous cake. I have never had such a beauty, ( sorry Mum ) and it was delicious. Thank You Bunnik Tours. I'm glad there were not 57 candles as we would have set off the smoke alarm. Daisy couldn't strike a light to save herself either.
We rolled out of the dining room and into the van and were taken to the " Dynamic Yunnan " show at the Kunming Conference Centre. It was a fabulous, lively and dynamic show put on by the ethnic minorities of Yunnan. There were some amazing acts. The snow scene, the Moon dance and the best, " Spirit of the Peacock " dance. It was just spellbinding. It is a 'must see' if you go to Kunming.
We went back to the Hotel by Taxi. The driver was excellent and the trip was cheap. Another great day was over. Tomorrow, around town.