昆明 Kunming

Kunming is the capital of Yunnan province. It’s quite a bustling modern city, as crowded as cities like Shenzhen and Guangzhou (major manufacturing cities). A subtropical location and high elevation give Kunming a temperate climate year-round. Its days are filled with sunshine, which was certainly evident during our stay.

After our sleeper bus excursion, we headed straight for the hostel. The Hump Hostel, yes that was indeed the name, was located in the heart of Kunming. After we checked in, showered, and as best as we could, rid ourselves of any and all memories of the sleeper bus, we explored what the city had to offer. We walked around the Green Lake, bustling with people. Without realizing it, we headed back towards the Green Lake for a meal at Ginkgo Elite, a Frommer’s recommendation. After dinner, we walked around Wenlin Lu (文林路) and Wen Hua Street (文化街), an area Frommer’s told us was “hip and trendy.”

The following day, one of our dorm mates (in every hostel we stayed in dorms to save money) invited us to join her for breakfast. She, in fact, was Chinese, a recent graduate at Yunnan University, but originally from Sichuan. She is also a member of the Zhuang minority group. She took us for “crossing the bridge” noodles. It was one of our cheapest breakfasts, if I recall correctly. Dee, you can confirm or deny this. Upon our departure, she gave us these beautiful handcrafted fabric bracelets. We then ventured to a pagoda within walking distance of the hostel. Let’s just say it was the most underwhelming site I have ever seen (more explanation to follow). We then headed to the train station.

Green Lake
Dee at Gingko Elite
Our dishes at Gingko Elite
Hump Hostel common area 
This building was adjacent to the most underwhelming pagoda.  
One of the two underwhelming pagoda. These two pagodas were located inside a residential area, quite inconspicuous, and disappointing.   
One of the many “Apple” stores we encountered. 
An awesome book store at Culture Alley (文化巷). I was finally able to find the audio that accompanies by Chinese Reader, Volume 2. 
Kunming train station (昆明火车站)

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