Kunming and the Stone Forest

Trip Start Sep 02, 2011
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Trip End Sep 19, 2011


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The Stone Forest

Flag of China  , Yunnan,
Sunday, September 11, 2011

We are out the door at 5:30am this morning for our early morning flight to Kunming. The flight is three hours, more or less, so we are able to get a few more winks in on the plane. Once in Kunming we visit a local restaurant which is also a museum. The owner has collected unusual artwork and historical furnishings for decades, and the museum is really impressive. He also happens to be a jade dealer, and his pieces are spectacular (but very expensive). His restaurant is also a theatre which provides us with a brief show after lunch of songs and dances from the region.

The highlight of  the day is the visit to the nearby natural wonder called the Stone Forest. These formations are as old as the Himalayas, according to our guide. We hike and are carried by electric shuttle to the best viewpoints in the park, and then we return to Kunming for our hotel check-in. We opt for dinner at a western restaurant serving pizza and fries. Our guide and his boyfriend share moon cakes with us in celebration of tomorrow's mid-autumn festival.

It is a full moon in Kunming, and several of us decide (with the guidance of our guide) to visit a local club habituated by a mixed clientele. The music is great, but there is a minimum charge for sitting to enjoy the atmosphere and watch a show. We opt to return to the hotel instead, by way of a shopping mall where I purchase another pair of pants! Our hotel is fantastic -- totally unexpected. Up early again tomorrow, and we're off to Lijiang.
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Will Brown on

Hi Dan,
Looks like another great trip. I was just reading the book published from your blog and our Turkey trip last year. It is so wonderful and better than just our pictures, which are fabulous, because we have your commentary. So when people follow the blog, at the end there is a place one can order the book. Do make sure Dan has finished the blog. Enjoy, you lucky ToTo travelers!

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