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China: Studies – Kunming: Another Little Victory

Published: 15.8.2015
When we boarded the bus in order to move on from the village of Yunnan minorities (Yunnan minzu cun云南民族村) to Dianchi lake滇池without paying ridiculous fees. We didn’t mean it in a wrong way. We were just tired of anyone trying to get any money from us.

Moreover, this money we would have paid was not for the local fishermen. No, everything would have gone straight to the pockets of the new resort.

Kchun-ming

The bus was going on and on. When we get off on the bus stop we needed to get off, we hadn’t seen any traces of lake whatsoever. You would hardly miss such a vast water surface… At least we thought this. The lake itself covers an area of 300 square kilometers.Kchun-ming It makes it the largest fresh water lake in Yunnan and the sixth largest in China. Its shape is of a half-moon. It is almost 40 kilometers long and 13 kilometers at its widest. The lake is lined with mountains that gives the place magical atmosphere. Take pictures there is a must.

We still couldn’t find it. Slowly we strolled in superhot street thinking why the map betrayed us. Suddenly, we saw some reflections in front of us. It was the lake reflecting hot sun rays..

It was here where we could finally get on the shore without paying a dime. We bought ourselves some ice cream and observed and admired the lake. Its water is highly polluted, heat didn’t particularly help it .

We observed lake’s surface and imagined how the then kingdom looked like and how large it was. But the sun, the unmerciful sun apparently tried to force us to leave. We were hungry. A vendor who sold skewer meat had told us that he would leave early. He really did disappear.

Kchun-ming - jezero Tien-čch‘

Even the bus didn’t rescue us from hunger. So we set off to the nearest restaurant when we reached the very well known crossroads at our hostel. Everybody ordered what they like – fried rice, eggplant, tofu, some meat, sup… Together we made plans for the following day. Our friend in studied Kunming. She told us about another temple beyond the city limits. You probably think that another temple would be boring. But she wasn’t exactly a temple-person. So it must have been somehow interesting. But how? How we would get there. Advice we found on the internet varied. She told us that she walked there… Well, it seemed that we would have another interesting day.

GPS: (Dianchi lake) 24°51'58.0"N 102°39'32.0"E

 

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