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7 Days in China: Day 2.

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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


The Jixinyuan.

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!

Cheers,

Elvinto

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.



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April 18, 2010 at 5:47 pm

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