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High-speed train from Kunming to Dali

bilingualexpat (89 posts) • +1

The Dali high-speed rail station will be aptly named "Erhai Station" and situated within 红山村 (HongShanCun) southeast of Erhai Lake and 3-4 km southwest of Dali Airport, not moved to the south of the lake near Dali City/Xiaguan as some have speculated.

As OP @penland suggested, the train will be operational this July.

bilingualexpat (89 posts) • +1

True, perhaps even costing 50-100rmb more than lowest prices on Qunar booking.

Yet domestic flights are marred with reoccurring delays... long, crowded queues for check-in, security checkpoint, and boarding... only to be met with no jet bridge at the end of the tunnel...

squeezed into airside transfer buses in lieu, like a train en route to Auschwitz... the vehicle finally moves when all passengers are crushed into vertically packed sardines...

reaching the plane parked in no man's land, passengers are squirted out via osmosis... only to be rewarded with portable "air stairs" to further test our agility & endurance...

climbing the slippery steps with heavy carry-on in hand(s) while braving the elements of wind & rain, praying to god you won't fall flat on your face in front of that pretty air stewardess greeting behind the plug door...

once safe inside the cabin, musical chairs & dodging overhead baggage shot put ensue... 20 minutes listening to safety instructions, another 20 while plane taxis for takeoff, electronic devices turned off for the next 20 during takeoff...

now repeat the turbulent ordeal in reverse upon landing/disembarkation.

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