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Kunming, China
SEPTEMBER 21-23, 2009

Our main reason for visiting Kunming was because of its proximity to Lijiang (we needed to have a shorter airplane trip. Flying can get a bit old after a while - we know... still  plenty of places to fly in the next 2 months) and Johann wanting to visit the Stone Forest - a must see attraction when staying in Kunming.

The stone forest was created over 10 million years ago, so quite historical when it comes to its geological time frame. It took about 2 hours to go out to the stone forest from Kunming - so a pretty long day. Was it worth it? Well, we think it may depend on your prior experiences with national parks and geological formations. It was a beautiful day, sunshine all the way at the actual park (not as in Kunming, so that had us worried for a bit in the morning...), and the day could not be any better. The forest is spectacular - but if you have seen Bryce Canyon, in Utah, USA, it may appear as a bit small... But still, it was really nice to see.

Finally, we actually loved Kunming for its diversity - there were so many minorities in the city, quite the change from what we had seen prior in China. 57 different minorities in the whole country and about half can be found in Kunming. And we also got to taste some delicious food, with fantastic aromas and intense flavors. Just loved the food!!!

Stone Forest

Standing inside the one and only Pagoda located in the Stone Forest for quick photo.

Can anybody guess what this is?  See, animals have been around for a really long time.
Us humans don't even come close to the history of these majestic "beasts".
And we think we rule the world?!!! 

Good luck for a happy long lasting marriage. Chinese and their superstitions... (smile)
Two different trees coming together as one, a little bit of rubbing
and it should have done the trick. Together forever!

I really love taking photos with my camera. Johann now wants a new one (which by the way, he just got one a few months ago when he lost his "first" camera ouch, never to be found again). Anyhow. I try to tell him that it's not only the work of the camera, but somehow he doesn't want to listen. Hmm., does this sound familiar, girlfriends?!

Kunming's specialty dish - sweet and sour beer fish. This was sooo delicious. And so much fun to eat. No bones and cut in small bite size pieces, just perfect for chop sticks.

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