Monday, March 1, 2010

CHINA TRAVEL PART 6: Exploring Kunming

So, it was back to Kunming! I really enjoyed this city, and Kim & Nick did as well. The weather is nice and the air is unusually clean. The city itself is a nice mix of modernity and narrow, old-fashioned streets. Like this, the funky Flatiron Building of southern China:

There was also a district called The Bird and Flower Market, which did literally sell birds and flowers and a bevy of other small animals.

We explored the beautiful, beautiful park and lake on the north side of town, as well as Yunnan University, which was founded in 1922 and has very classic-looking university architecture (unlike most Chinese colleges, which were founded after the revolution and look how you'd expect). The nice thing about cities in the south is the outdoor street culture. People, mostly elderly, are often outside, playing cards or mah jongg and I really like that aspect of city life.

At night, we checked out the bar scene and found some really nice, trendy, low-key places that made a decent drink.

Unless you ordered a mojito, like Nick. It involved a lot of mint removal.

I ordered a nice G&T and admired the revolution-era postcards Nick and I bought.

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