Kunming,July 4th, 2008

Peach

EAT A PEACH

This is called a Pang Tau or the Emperor’s Peach. It was only for the Emperor of China to consume. They are expensive and are only available in China on a limited basis. The “normal” peaches here look just like the western peaches.

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Kunming,July 3rd, 2008

Swimming with the Fishes

SWIMMING WITH THE FISHES

Last Tuesday night the rains rolled in on Kunming. It was dumping rain with no let up for several hours. The water was so heavy that the noise kept me awake all night. By the next day, Kunming was completely flooded. Major streets were under a foot of water, […]

Kunming,June 16th, 2008

Back in Black

BACK IN BLACK

As you’ve noticed, I have been away for some time now and haven’t posted too much. Then just last week my site disappeared because my hosting server flew the coup. That’s right, they just shut down their servers and left me in the twilight zone. So for the past few days […]

Kunming,November 30th, 2007

Stone Forest

STONE FOREST

Driving 85 km from Kunming, we reached the town of Shilin. (Shilin means ‘stone forest’) This is home to the Sani ethnic minority people. Here, the Stone Forest sits on 350 sq. km area. The GPS location 24 49′ 27.95″ N 103 19’24.41 E will put you at the entrance.

My friend […]

Anning,October 25th, 2007

Puerh

PUERH TEA AT FU JIAO COLLEGE

I met with my friends Chen Tien and Yin Lang to go to a Buddhist monk school in Anning this morning. They were having a special celebration there that would involve monks from Tibet, Thailand, China, and Myanmar. On the way we stopped to pick up Mr. & […]

Kunming,October 25th, 2007

Wait a week…… it will all change

WAIT A WEEK…IT WILL ALL CHANGE

Kunming, like all over China is changing faster than anyplace I have ever seen. In some of my past posts I referred to this as well. Much of this desire by the government to renew China is quickly wiping out it’s own cultural history. Hutongs in […]

Kunming,October 17th, 2007

stinkin horse!

I DON’T NEED NO STINKIN HORSE!

My car insurance agent just told me a story about one of his clients. I had taken my car to him for my free engine cleaning, a benefit this company provides to their customers. He says how nice it is to have me as a customer because we […]

Kunming,October 3rd, 2007

shoerepair

CHINESE SHOE REPAIR

I celebrated “National Day” by going over to a local Kunming flea market. They sell everything from soup to nuts. And yes….. I found the iPhone there as well. Strange as it seems this is the real deal (not fake copy). So much for the Apple’s position of only having […]

Getting Mobile,September 22nd, 2007

No-car Day

September 22 was a banner day throughout China. It marks China’s first participation in the International No Car Day where everyone is supposed to leave their car at home. China ordered 108 cities here to ban cars and use only public transport. This is a big deal for modern China to do. First, there are […]

Kunming,July 18th, 2007

hobby

MY NEW HOBBY

If there is one thing the Chinese know well…. it’s kites. I mean after all they invented them a few thousand years ago!

Kunming is the perfect place for this activity. Nice weather and windy! So I decided to get set up and start flying! I found a kite shop near […]