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Kunming bull

Kunming is the capital of Yunnan Province, so it made sense to start our adventure here.

The flight from Shanghai took about 3 hours and managed to be really uncomfortable. Somehow the seats seemed the wrong shape to relax in. We stayed at the Cloudland Youth Hostel, which was basic, but nice. The main problem was that due to a drought in the city there was no running water for most of the day.

Kunming is a big city, so not very different from other Chinese cities we have visited, although there is more of a mix of the different ethnic minorities native to Yunnan.

Kunming Gate

We especially enjoyed visiting the Yunnan Provincial Museum. The museum has a big collection of masks and costumes and also lots of small, intricate bronze items created by the Dian people over 2,000 years ago.

On our second and final night in Kunming we went to a performance of dancing and drumming based on traditional Bai, Naxi and Tibetan cultures. It was really interesting and the music was a wonderful introduction to the sounds of the region.