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Kunming - Xi Shan, China (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Kunming - Xi Shan, China

Map of Kunming - Xi Shan, China

Persons of of Self-control Not Allowed
Mountain Bulbul (Ixox mcclellandii) Indian White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus) Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) Japanese Tit (Parus minor) Chestnut Thrush (Turdus rubrocanus) - Male Whiskered Yuhina (Yuhina flavicollis)
Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) Chinese Thrush (Turdus mupinensis) Crested Finchbill (Spizixos canifrons) Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus) Daurian Redstart (Phoenicurus auroreus) - Female Spectacled Fulvetta (Fulvetta ruficapilla)
Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)

Mountain park on the outskirts of Kunming.


Around The World in 66 Days

1/9/2013: We arrived by train in Kunming, and we spent the evening walking around the huge outdoor pedestrian mall in the center. There was just about every store in the mall that you would find in, say, Minneapolis. We ate at some busy restaurant that featured squirming worm-like creatures in hot pots. After dinner, I left a tip on the table, but I guess that is not allowed as the busboy ran outside the restaurant to return the cash.

The next stop was to get a haircut. Despite trying, I have been unable to pronounce words in Mandarin, so I basically just agree with any questions asked of me. And that is how my haircut turned into an hour long haircut/hair wash/more hair wash/scalp and shoulder massage... all for about $12.

The next morning, we found a cab willing to charge us double the price to take us to the Xi Shan mountain park. Well, I think that is where we went as we were actually dropped off at some lake with another dreadful cable lift. No amount of pointing at Chinese characters in a translation book could convince the taxi driver that we actually intended to walk up the mountain.

So, we got into the cable lift for the hair-raising trip halfway up the/a mountain where we encountered the coldest weather of the trip. The thing about China that is really fun is that if you think about something that you might want to buy, look around. You will probably see the item no matter where you might be standing. I was thinking about hot coffee. A few moments later, we encountered a small shop on the mountain that sold sweet corn flavored potato chips and something they called coffee but tasted more like evaporated milk. Upon finishing the coffee, I found that the bottom of the cup was full of some odd tasting sugary gelatin balls. Then, there was another guy selling actual sweet corn. Sorry, guy, I just had the corn flavored potato chips.

So, we continued walking around on the freezing mountain when I thought about lunch and hats. We walked toward a cluster of houses on the outskirts of the park, and sure enough, there was a hat salesman. Among the hats was one that proclaimed "Yarn Breast!". As I perused the hats, a lady approached me and performed the universal eating-from-a-bowl-with-chopsticks gesture before leading us to her restaurant.

After lunch and an entire pot of tea, we walked around on the mountain for awhile more. We somehow missed the main entrance and instead found ourselves on a bus travelling through some extra-dusty suburbs. After riding around on the bus for a couple of hours (days?), I realized that we were not heading toward the train station, but rather the airport.

If you are trying to catch a train, I hope you aren't first trying to catch a taxi in Kunming rush hour.

Anyway, after some negotiations between our hotel manager and the taxi driver, we were about to pay one third extra to actually ride in the taxi. The driver did not want to drive us because there was traffic. Note to Kunming entrepreneurs, if you don't like to drive in traffic, don't become a taxi driver.

As it works, we made it to our train with ten minutes to spare!

Previous Visit (Lijiang - Jade Dragon Snow Mountain: 1/8/2013)
Next Visit (Nanning: 1/10/2013)

Species Recorded (33)

Birds ( 33 )

Old World Tree Warblers ( Phylloscopidae )
Yellow-browed Warbler - Phylloscopus inornatus
Chinese Leaf Warbler - Phylloscopus yunnanensis

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Gadwall - Mareca strepera

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Black-headed Gull - Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Piculets and Woodpeckers ( Picidae )
Great Spotted Woodpecker - Dendrocopos major
Gray-capped Woodpecker - Yungipicus canicapillus

Bulbuls ( Pycnonotidae )
Black Bulbul - Hypsipetes leucocephalus
Mountain Bulbul - Ixos mcclellandii
Brown-breasted Bulbul - Pycnonotus xanthorrhous
Crested Finchbill - Spizixos canifrons

White-eyes ( Zosteropidae )
Indian White-eye - Zosterops palpebrosus

Chickadees and Titmice ( Paridae )
Japanese Tit - Parus minor
Green-backed Tit - Parus monticolus

Bushtits ( Aegithalidae )
Black-throated Tit - Aegithalos concinnus

Nuthatches ( Sittidae )
Chestnut-vented Nuthatch - Sitta nagaensis

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers ( Sylviidae )
Spectacled Fulvetta - Fulvetta ruficapilla
White-browed Shrike-Babbler - Pteruthius aeralatus
Rusty-capped Fulvetta - Schoeniparus dubius
Ashy-throated Parrotbill - Sinosuthora alphonsiana
Vinous-throated Parrotbill - Sinosuthora webbiana
Whiskered Yuhina - Yuhina flavicollis

Laughingthrushes ( Timaliidae )
Blue-winged Minla - Actinodura cyanouroptera
Yunnan Fulvetta - Alcippe fratercula

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Chestnut-bellied Rock-Thrush - Monticola rufiventris
Blue Rock-Thrush - Monticola solitarius
Daurian Redstart - Phoenicurus auroreus
Blue-fronted Redstart - Phoenicurus frontalis
Plumbeous Redstart - Phoenicurus fuliginosus
Red-flanked Bluetail - Tarsiger cyanurus
Chinese Thrush - Turdus mupinensis
Chestnut Thrush - Turdus rubrocanus

Shrikes ( Laniidae )
Long-tailed Shrike - Lanius schach

Cardueline Finches and Allies ( Fringillidae )
Dark-breasted Rosefinch - Procarduelis nipalensis




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