Enjoy the caves of 九乡

You might recall in an earlier post we shared our handprint story of struggling with rarefied air in the highlands near the Tibetan border. If you had read the story, you would also know that we ‘evacuated’ back to lower altitudes as soon as we could to avoid worsening our bout of altitude sickness. Talk about cutting losses…

What was one to do now that we are back at a more comfortable altitude?

Why we set out exploring of course! Because we only had two days remaining, it was not possible to go far. In fact, we only had the hotel nights in Kunming city itself, thus leaving for another city such as Lijiang was not possible without paying more and changing the flights home. Hey you’ve still gotta stick with budget right? Afterall one can still save for a return in the future. So where did we go?

The caves are alive with the sound of (Yunnan tribal) music… Yeah. That was sure fun.

But that was not all. We also visited a tea institute where the senior students host visitors and provide an appreciation of the prized tea of the highlands – Pu’er (普洱) tea. Not only are they aged for long long time, they are said to have wellness effects too. We bought a couple of ‘cakes’ of tea home and are still drinking them.

Yunnan is a fascinating mix of different ethnic cultures and natural beauty. Find out more about our cave exploration here and tell us if you’d do the same!

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

26 thoughts on “Enjoy the caves of 九乡”

  1. The caves and the canyon, Suan, have a magical look to them. Sorry about the altitude sickness. It’s no fun. I used to treat it with anti-acid tablets when my Trekkers got it, as strange as that seems. And it seemed to work. Don’t remember where I picked up the idea. –Curt

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      1. The best solution, if you have the option, is to head for a lower altitude. Oh that other health problems were so easily solved. Now I remember where I learned it, the 70+ year old Orvis Agee who was a regular on my Treks and who frequently climbed Mt. Shasta, –Curt

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      1. Lijang and Dali but the absolute highlight for me was a couple of days walking in the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Lijang is a very popular Chinese holiday destination and can be rather loud and raucous at times ! We went in from Kunming by train.

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          1. Sorry I forgot to mention the Stone Forest which I enjoyed too. Don’t let the crowds put you off if you plan on walking in Tiger Leaping Gorge and generally getting out of Lijang .. very few of the yuppies from Beijing and Shanghai venture out to the mountains….:-).

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            1. Yeah, guess they all just want to pin the map and go home or back to a luxury hotel… lol.
              For us it is very accessible, daily flights (think more than 1) to Kunming. And we don’t need visas too! Sigh, so many places to cover right?

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              1. Very true. So hard to choose where to go to.. my list is way too long. You know, I am sure, that the more you travel the more you realise how many other places you need to go to .. Travel is a wicked disease though one I don’t mind having LOL.

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