Trek, buy cacti
Jiajia had a craving to buy some cacti the other day (...that's just not normal, is it?) and dragged a couple of friends and I along for the trip (to be honest, the others were really excited about it and ended up spending more than Jiajia did). We drove in two cars for about 40 minutes outside of Kunming to a large farm with 5-6 huge plastic-covered greenhouses, full of 100+ varieties of cactus. They were all such different shapes, sizes and colours - round, pert, prickly, bulging, droopy, leafy, some tinier than my little finger, some larger than me. I never knew so many varieties existed. All pretty ugly in my opinion, but it seemed I was in a minority of one there!
After the cars were filled to the brim with a few thousand yuan of cacti (£200+) we all headed up to a mountainside restaurant for lunch. One of the signs near the toilet was a bit scary, though it turned out the Chinese should have been translated as, "Be careful of the slippery floor"! Phew!
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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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