Archive for April 2010
Previously in ‘7 Days’… The first day was a great trip around Kunming: from the airport to the pigeon lake, from the tea center to the steamboat restaurant. This is the second day, finally. (I’ve been busy peeps, pardon me)
12 January 2010
07.00AM We have early breakfast at the hotel. A combination of american breakfast menu mixed with the local taste. There’s a group of basketball athletes, seemingly college students, whom are ridiculously tall. Imagine a team of Yao Mings. :-O
you see the tall kids queueing for buffet?
08.00AM Today we’re going to Yiliang region on a trip that takes roughly two hours. Along the way we see knolls with various trees scarcely grown. Fun trivia: the Yunnan province has red soil, hence the poor growing of vegetation.
On the highway, see the geography of Yunnan
The Underground Caverns.
10.00AM We arrive at Jiuxiang Karst Cave. For those who want to know, Karst is a topography characterized by subterranean limestone caverns. It is carved by groundwater and the key to its formation is dissolution of earth rocks which resulted in dolines or sinkholes. In english, we're going to see underground cave!!! woo hooo!!!
Before entering the gate we find a public toilet with a signboard written “FEE TOILET” (Toilet Berbayar?) It’s not expensive, apparently, only 1 CNY per person with a pack of free tissue. And more importantly it is cleaner than most other public toilets in this country.
Me and the Fee Toilet Signboard
Then we enter the Jiuxiang Karst Cave. We are brought to see a wonderful cavern of natural earth rocks of various sizes and shapes. The cave is showered with spotlights of many colors, giving it a nice feeling and texture to the rocks. I bet a night club themed underground cave would be a nice idea.
these are the sinkholes I’m talking about
layered underground rocks showered with spotlights
the stalactites and stalagmites of limestone
Crossing the cavern, we come to hundreds of staircase to climb up and down. Along the way is a scenery of waterfall and more rocks, layered rocks. We get to see the “Magic Field”, a huge pile of layered rocks forming a giant staircase like the one we called terasering back in Indonesia.
it does look so ancient, the cavern, the waterfall, the rocks
Spending almost an hour inside the cave, we get out and take the cable car to a restaurant where we’re gonna have lunch of special Yiliang Roasted Duck.
a view from the cable car, who’s afraid of height shall not try
The Peacock Garden.
1.15PM The journey is continued to the Colorful Yunnan Complex to see the Peacock Garden. Another one and half hour on the road, getting on the highway now with stomach full.
Fun trivia: in China, cars drive on the right side of the road
02.30PM We arrive at the Peacock Garden. There, we can see… garden? And a few peacocks despite the name.
here’s the garden, can’t get my hand to some nice peacock photos though
We then continue to grab some merchandise from the Colorful Yunnan Complex. They have several separate buildings that sell food, jewelery, chinese medicine, tea, and so on.
paintings, anyone? originality guaranteed.
they have lots of dried food as snacks
To close the day, we’re going to Jixinyuan Restaurant for a dinner accompanied with traditional Yunnan dances.
05.30PM We arrive at the restaurat. The ballroom catches my attention instantly. It is beautifully decorated with classic ornaments.
the great ballroom and the royal-like dining table
The food provided is arranged very nicely, matching the great ambience and heighten my appetite. They serve in total 8 kinds of foods tonight, good enough for starving people after a day of journey.
happy faces, good food, great place
Finally, the dances are performed with the dancers in beautiful costumes and amazing choreography. Too bad we are sitting not exactly in the middle of the ballroom so it’s a bit difficult for me to get beautiful pictures. There are four sets of the dances. The record the acts and sell it in a DVD at 28 yuan a piece.
The four sets of dances!!!
and finally, the grandeur closing to the night!
and don’t forget to take pics with the pretty dancer
8.30PM So it’s the end of the day. I had great time, ate good food, saw great places, watched fascinating shows, and took some nice photos. Let’s see what we’re going to have tomorrow!
p.s. All photos in this post is the courtesy of Frederikus Elvinto Putra. Any act of copying without the party’s written or oral agreement is considered a copyright infringement.
Okay peeps, I haven’t finished the second day journal yet. Partly studying, partly writing and partly hanging out with peeps. I thought I should utilize these last days as an undergrad as much as possible. But not to overkill it.
So there goes one saying, the night is darkest before dawn. Well, at 3 AM even the frogs don’t make a sound. TV usually have nothing but old movies playing with commercial break of the station promoting its own prime time shows. Even the drunkards must have fallen asleep. Only the night clubs are playing the loudest music to counter the silence. But they, as well, close around 4 and only on weekends. To make things creepier, there’s only scratching of head or pen on the paper from you guys, the stressed-out students trying in desperate attempt of last minute studying to save your exams as the result of your one semester of ignorance or laze.
Of course there’s a cliche philosophical meaning behind it. But the phrase just occurred to me suddenly and I don’t wanna over-think it. Especially when I need to wake up early in the morning and I have a list of things to do today from studying, writing, and preparing a nice CV.
Oh no, I still have laundry to pick up… Or should I leave it till morning? It’s inside the dryer anyway, so it won’t stink. Ah, I should just get my ass up and get it over with. Geezzz…
Been a long long time.
Just submitted a final draft of the final project yesterday. Just got a nice huge flat a few days ago. Two down, two more to go. A suitable job and the final presentation. Wish me luck.
I’ll return with a continuation of our previous travel journal. Soon. Maybe tonight.