See you in Xi You
I've been promising myself a day by myself, doing my own thing, for some time now. So with Ava in Shenzhen and JD dropped at Kindergarten, I hit the buses. My aim was to get to Xi You Cave - a place I'd read a brief (and less than complimentary) review about many months ago and made a mental note to visit.
I caught the first bus easily enough but, after waiting 90 minutes for the connecting bus, I gave up and hailed an unlicensed taxi for the remainder. Most of the cave area was very tacky - plastic fake cave walls, shops selling tat and umpteen flashing lights. But the cave itself was quite nice, if overlit, and there was a fun train ride at the far end taking you up to another cave - GuanYing - decked out as a Buddhist shrine. From there, the most fun way down turned out to be a stone slide [see photo above] which was surprising fast with some tight turns as my bottom bruises will attest! A local minibus back into Kunming made for an easy return.
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Paul Hider lives and works in Kunming (SW China) and regularly updates this blog about his life there.
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