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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Treks in northern Yunnan

Yo, you can do the trek through TLG and end at Tinas Guesthouse. Youll have to inquire at Tinas or Halfway GH about getting a guide to take you all the way up to Haba Village. The hike from Tinas takes 8 hours or more to Haba and there is nothing in between. The road that goes through TLG continues to Haba Village, so you could hitch it instead. You can rent equipment in Haba Village and climb to the top of the mountain with a guide as well. Its high, but not technical. Anyone in good shape can get to the summit (assuming good weather)

Forums > Living in Kunming > Camp stove fuel - compressed cannisters?

Any hiking store should have them. Check the shop with the giant backpack near Wenlinjie. If they don't have them, there is a shop on Beimenlu (about halfway between 121 street and Yuantongjie) that definitely sells them for 20RMB per cannister. The shop is small but it is located on the north (zoo) side of the street.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Camping stores

The best hiking store in town is Mei Li Outdoor Sports. They have everything you need. Its all name brand top quality stuff, so its not cheap. Its between Qing Nian Lu and the XinXiNan Shopping Mall on Huguo Lu. Its pretty large and the sign is written in English and Chinese. They definitely have propane and stoves. The shop on Beimen Lu also has propane and stoves and that place is cheaper. Why not go there? I bought my tent there, too.


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@Flengs Almost certainly no one animal would make the entire round trip (though one could assume that a horse might have). I was also skeptic that any one man would even attempt the journey in one go. Mrs. Luo and her son both said that there were indeed several traders that did the entire route, round trip, once per year. Agreed unlikely they used the exact same animal throughout the route, but upon what I've read and what I heard, many men couldn't afford pack animals and would transport it themselves. Many people we talked to on the trip mentioned guys carrying upwards of 90kg of tea on their backs. I'm sure you've seen pictures as well. Liu Yong's book also mentions people making the entire route. It was more profitable. As stated in the article, tea was arguably the least expensive product traded on the tea horse road. All kinds of wares were traded. This article was meant as an introduction, wasn't planning to go into all the details.

I went last week to Heijing. The entrance fee to the town is 30RMB and the museum, as well as all other points of interest, were all included.

It really is worth a visit. 11.5RMB by train? A steal!

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Well, this is about 10 years too late, but that, my dear, is a Hoopoe. A summer visitor from Scandanavia to the Russian Far East, wintering in Africa, S&SE Asia, China south of Chiangjang River.

Favors open woodland, forest edge, groves and thickets, especially in river valleys, and in parks and gardens. The surrounding Kunming area would provide an excellent habitat for the Hoopoe.

It likes to eat insects and other invertebrates in dry soil or sandy ground.

Also, according to the CNN article I read, only one of the climbers was from the USA and he was Chinese-American. This is one of the most ridiculous crimes I've read about. Not only was only one guy American, 5000 meters is a pretty extreme place to go hunting for tourists. I hope they catch those murderers and quick. Maybe they'll be extradited to China for some punishment.


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