Trip Start Aug 18, 2008
12Trip End Sep 01, 2008
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Where I stayed
Panba Guest House
The drive from the airport into town was about 25km of fields of sunflowers and mountains, it was quite impressive like something out of a dream
After checking in we went out to explore the town a bit and get some lunch. The town, even though super-touristy - filled with souvenir shops, was still something special. The old look and feel and the fact you could watch the workers making the souvenirs. They sat in there stores carving wood or working with the leather they were selling, pulling the taffy that they sold or beading a necklace. It really added to the charm of the place seeing that a lot of the crafts they sold were handmade and could be done right before your eyes.
Later in the evening we walked up to "Looking into the Past Pavilion" (Wangou Lou), which was built upon Lion Hill and looks out over the town. It gives a great view but unfortunately was built using 400+ year old ancient trees from the northern Yunnan forests.