Saturday, May 07, 2005

The end is in sight

I only have one more day in China before returning home to Chiang Mai. I have had most enjoyable trip, but I am absolutely exhausted!

We did have quite an adventurous trip to Chuxiong today. We took a bus that traveled on a road that isn't officially opened yet. Once it is done, it will be wonderful, but it is horrible right now. We entered a tunnel that is under construction. It had lights for about the first .5 km, but then went pitch black in smog and thick dust. You literally could not see more than 10 meters in front of you with the headlights on. It was extremely scary.

We had some interesting sights once we entered Chuxiong. There is a park here dedicated to the Yi People (tribe). There are too many similarities to the Mayan and Aztec cultures to simply be coincidence. In fact, some of their artwork even looks similar. I will post a picture above.

Anyway, I will be ready to get back home to my wife and children. I have had enough of the beds that are hard as boards. I have thoroughly enjoyed the sights, the people that I have met, and most of the foods that I have tried. In fact, I might have had the very best jiao zi tonight that I have ever eaten!

I am looking forward to the 3 hour train ride to Kunming tomorrow morning. It will be a delightful change from the bad busses!

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