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Wednesday, July 4, 2007



Kunming (population 6 million) is located in south central China at an altitude of 6,500ft (1,800m) with moderate temperatures year round


Collin lived, and Mom and I were guests at the Yunnan University Center for Chinese Studies building in Kunming, China


The Western style hotel rooms converted into a dormitory for foreign students


The kitchen had no stove or oven, just an electric hotplate


We were thankful the bathroom had a Western style toilet seat, not the typical Chinese floor squat toilets we would encounter later


The bedroom bed mattresses were as firm as a wood plank


The view below the window was a mosaic tiled courtyard


A variety of plants were in the courtyard


The exterior of the building (right side of photo) is covered with one inch square bathroom tiles


The view out the living room window


The view out the living room window


The view out the bedroom window with mountains in the background


Construction cranes in the distance and an unusual dish tower building to the right which we will see again from the Golden Temple


The devices covering the roofs are assumed to be solar water heaters


Street with pedestrian overpasses


View of our room on the fifth floor of the Yunnan University Center for Chinese Studies building from the pedestrian overpass


Anther view of our room on the fifth floor from the pedestrian overpass


Street in front of the Yunnan University Center for Chinese Studies building


A market near the Yunnan University Center for Chinese Studies building


We frequented breakfast on the outdoor barstools at the Western restaurant named Salvador on the right


Street tailor with a stockpile of zippers and foot powered sewing machine


View of a lake in the distance


Produce market


Street


At 9AM, some stores have not opened yet


Old buildings with grass growing on the roof


Busses packed with passengers


Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is playing at the movie theater


Streets have automobile lanes and bicycle/moped lanes (maybe Renmin Xi Lu or Xichang Lu street)


Chinese people seem to interpret traffic laws as suggestions because we experienced taxi drivers drive in the bicycle lane to avoid traffic


Traffic control officer manually operating the traffic signals


Entrance to the Golden Temple Park also know as Jindian Park


Next gateway into the Golden Temple


Next archway into the Golden Temple


Bonsai plants


Buddha


Lady Buddha


Gazebo


Golden Temple Belltower


Big bell and lesser bell in the belltower


Ring the bell for two yuan (26)


View of Kunming and the unusual dish tower building seen from our room


View of Kunming from the belltower


View of Kunming and mountains from the belltower


Pathway in the park


Greenhouse with Collin examining tropical plants


Greenhouse with tropical plants


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