Date registered: June 2, 2010
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This is the third time this very article is hitting my inbox in as many days as it is republished on various sites. It reads like a review one would do for money/exchange for reciprocal friendly review. Some might call it spam.
I guess I will never know if this book is actually worth reading or whether the author just seeks a lucrative consulting job as at over $100 it seems a bit pricey. No digital preview on Amazon either - what do they have to hide?
I was at the site a few years ago, then it was a sparsely forrested hill surrounded by southern Kunming's growing construction. Apart from the Flying Tigers marker there were a number of newer Chinese tombs (the coffin part is more likely from one of the newer graves). Some people were up there for picnics, leaving the usual rubbish.
Finding the Flying Tigers marker set in 2008 is not too difficult. We took a taxi down to the old 贵昆路 to 普照村. Then with a little help from a local we turned east, crossed the railway line and scrambled up a dirt track to the top of the hill. There seemed to be better access from the other side.
A link to a map showing the location: www.yunnanexplorer.com/[...]
A bit more background information on the times and the 12-1 incident in a book by one of Kunming's longest western residents, John Israel: Lianda - A Chinese University in War and Revolution, for the 12-1 incident see particularly pp369.
While scholarly, John's book is very readable and gives a lot of insight into the times of the anti-Japanese war here in Kunming. It has recently been translated and published to great acclaim here in China.
Closest 龙舟比赛 probably in Yiliang 宜良 as part of the annual 花街节. Races start at 10am on Wednesday, I am not actually sure exactly where they have enough water for a serious race, but the flower market is held along 乡鸭湖大道, a ten minute walk from the bus terminal.
Full program here:
You misunderstood me if you thought that I was expecting GoKM to be anything but lighthearted. Not reporting controversial issues is a practical solution to a real problem and as nothing of that nature appears in GoKM I assume that this an editorial decision. This is fine with me.
As I said, I draw the line where this turns into a bizarre defense of distorted facts that have significant meaning in this country, assisted by some semantic trickery and hidden editing.
Is that really asking too much?
It was meant in jest.
Both busses will arrive sometime the next morning, I would estimate the travel time to be 12-15 hours: about 6-8 hours to Puer (Simao, all expressway), then another 4-5 to Lancang (a smaller road with not much traffic), and another 2 to Menglian (another smaller road, plus the bus might stop in Lancang for breakfast). Sleeper busses sometimes take their time, but you should be there before noon the next day.
If you wanted to travel faster, take a plane to Simao (can be pretty cheap), then a bus from there. If you took a morning flight, you could be in Menglian in the evening.
Menglian is one of the furthest destinations from Kunming and one of the few county towns that does not have a day bus to Kunming, however AFAIK there are two sleeper busses a day from the southern station, one leaving around 3pm, the other around 6pm.
Photos of the time tables from the southern station at www.yunnanexplorer.com/transport/station/kunming-south/
Best to buy tickets in advance from one of the ticket agents in the city center, but if you do not have time for this, just head down to the southern station which is a long way from central Kunming. Should the busses be sold out, you can also travel to Lancang 澜沧 which is only one hour from Menglian and connections are easy.
Jim Goodman, the veteran researcher and writer who was recently featured on GoKM, has just published another book, this time on the people of the Red River area, called "The Terrace Builders: the Hani and their Neighbors in Yunnan's Ailao Mountains".
Available for the Kindle: www.amazon.com/[...]
The bus from Luchun to Jinping goes via Pinghe, Zhemi and Mengla, so if you are heading for the minority areas along the Vietnamese border, you can get off early.
Best market is in Nafa, which appears as 金水河 on maps, for dates see www.yunnanexplorer.com/calendar/markets/nafa/ and generally for the area: www.yunnanexplorer.com/calendar/markets/map/honghe/
If you are heading for Laomeng, you will need to catch a minibus from Luchun as the main busses now go via the new highway that does not pass Laomeng anymore. From Laomeng there is at least one bus to Jinping via Tongchang and maybe another one via Laojizhai, Zhemi and Mengla.
Plenty of busses from Menglian to Puer, if you still have time continue on to Jiangcheng. From Puer at least one bus, from Jiangcheng several busses to Luchun, which has an early morning bus to Jinping. This route avoids the big cities, goes through minority areas along the Vietnamese border and is more direct, but the roads are still in good condition.
All the timetables, as for most other places in Yunnan, here:
Friday, December 13
Album Release Party: The Great Apes perform with opening act Ferraris From Hell, 9:30pm, free entry
Friday Fiesta: DJ TudouRox (UK) and DJ Tuland on the turntables, 10pm, free entry
Live Music: The Great Apes celebrate the release of their album Tripedal with a late night jam featuring guest musicians, 11:30pm, free entry
Live Music: Dos Amigos and friends, 9:30pm, free entry
Live Music and Beer Special: Carlsberg 25 yuan/pint, 9:30pm, free entry
Exhibition Opening: After All, Empty by Jin Dawei, 8pm, free entry
Join-in Stone Forest Tour: includes transportation, tour guide, tea ceremony, lunch and entry fee, minimum two people, from US$100 per person, call for more information
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