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A hike that begins from Qiaotou village

Date: 22 Sept 2019 Time: 7.44pm Location: Tea Horse Guesthouse, Tiger Leaping Gorge (Yunan, China) Travel note: Feeling fresh after a long good shower with not so hot heater. Feeling grateful. (earlier) Today, we are going to trek the Tiger Leaping Gorge (TLG). We arrive in Lijiang at 6.05am, on the dot. It is drizzling and it is 13 degrees Celsius. Just outside the railway station, we hop on a bus to get to the Lijiang Bus Station, to catch the 7.30am bus to Qiaotou village. The bus leaves for Qiaotou on time. The journey from Lijiang to Qiaotou takes about two hours. The beginning of every bus ride journey is always buzzing with conversation. I secretly listen to the locals talking about the weather. The weather in this part of China has been wet since we arrived in Kunming, yesterday. The conversation gradually dies out and I can hear the rain hitting the right window as I turn to view the scenery from our moving bus. Along the way, we stop at a roadside …

Overnight train from Kunming to Lijiang

21 Sept 2019 Yunan, China I am lying supine on a hard bed, with a size just nice for my body to turn right and left a little. It is past 9pm and I am on board a sleeper train that will transport us to Lijiang in the next nine hours. I am in Compartment 21, cramped with a six-berth couchette. I am sleeping on the upper bunk. The ceiling is low that it is impossible to sit up straight. The bed, although hard, feels comfortable. Maybe because I am just too tired. I have a pillow and a comforter. Going up the top bunk is challenging and less comfortable. The little steps on the edge are a bit high that I have to step on someone else’s bed while trying to avoid stepping on my fellow ‘roomies’. Outside the compartment, there is a socket installed in front of each sleeper room. First come, first served indeed. The train provides a hot water dispenser. There are open sink and shared toilets with no toilet paper. …

A day in Kunming city

On 21 September 2019,  I arrived at Kunming Changshui International Airport at about 2am. I traveled with a friend and spent our night napping in an airport bistro. Our travel to Kunming is to trek the Tiger Leaping Gorge. In the morning, we boarded a train to the city center. Here are notes from my travel notebook: *** 21 Sept 2019 The Kunming airport has a subway. To get to Kunming Railway Station from the airport, one has to get on a Line 6 train and stop at East Coach Station. Get on a Line 3 train to Dongfeng Station, then board Line 2 train to Kunming Railway Station. There are basically two Kunming railway stations – one is for subway line, the second is for trains serving far away regions. The latter is where you go to take a sleeper train. It’s about a 10-minute walk down the streets, passing tunnel and back alley. So, we arrive in Kunming city, tired and greeted by a light drizzle. I have not had enough sleep. It …