Day 22 – Around Kunming (Xishan) and Home!
It’s Saturday and time to go home! But I had a night flight so I had time for a day trip. Xishan was my pick.
So the hotel did change the lift carpet. Well, was I really expecting something else?
Buses outside Camellia hotel.
I took bus 5 to the interchange but could not find bus 6 which according to Lonely Planet would take me to Xishan. So I joined a mini-bus opposite Liangjiahe to Gaoyao.
Day 21 – Around Kunming (Shilin)
The photos might not look appetizing but I find the breakfast buffet pretty decent at Camellia hotel.
Day 20 – Dali to Kunming
My local phone’s credits had been used up. Well, it lasted quite a while and since I only had a few days left, I did not bother to top up its value. So I used the hotel’s phone and made reservations at Kunming’s Camellia Hotel. The basic room cost 160 RMB with breakfast. The staff informed me that upon reaching Kunming West Bus Station, I can take bus 82 until the last stop and change to bus 5 alighting at Sheng Ti Yu Guan. Camellia hotel is just across the road.
I had a breakfast of noodle soup before the 930am bus to Kunming. I spent most of the time in the bus reading Steve Jobs. An entry in my notebook contains this Hindu quote:
In the first 30 years of your life, you make your habits. For the last 30 years of your life, your habits make you.
Quite true in a way. Somehow people seemed less adaptable or less willing to change as they aged.
At around 2pm, I arrived at Kunming West Bus Station. Before the long distance bus turned into the station, I had spotted bus 82 at a cross junction. After I exited from the station, I first checked the bus stop outside and noted that bus 82 does not pass this way. So I walked down the road to that cross junction and found Bus 82 at a bus stop there.
At Dong Feng Da Jie, all passengers alighted from bus 82. I followed suit. I spotted bus 5 at an earlier bus stop. But I decided to walk across the shopping district towards west as I figured if bus 5 is going to Camellia, it should be heading that direction as well. I turned out right and took bus 5 for another 2 stops.
It had been a lucky day for me on local transports. Maybe it’s the 1 RMB good luck charm I picked up at Tiger Leaping Gorge working its effects.
Day 19 – Lijiang to Dali
I woke up sweaty. The electric blanket at Mu’s Inn was the most effective one I had used so far.
I packed up and left at around 9am. Unfortunately, it was too late to catch the train to Dali. A staff then guided me through the old town maze to the main road where I caught a cab to Lijiang long distance bus station.
There were only 3 tickets left for the next bus to Xiaguan (Dali City). I showed my passport and paid 53 RMB for a ticket.
Day 18 – Around Lijiang – Yulong Xueshan
It’s Yulong Xueshan day. I woke early at 7am and took a stroll. It’s quite cold but that’s not a surprise. Afterall, Lijiang stands at an altitude of 2500m.
Taijiquan as morning exercise.
Kids going to school.