The first day was spent at a leisurely pace because of the
altitude difference; Kunming is 1800M above sea-level and we
walked to the fabulous Cui Lake Park. This is in the heart of
the city and had some massive lakes which were filled with Nelumbo
and Nymphaea cultivars and all around the park local women were
dancing in large groups to many different styles of music emanating
from large Ghetto-Blasters. In the quieter areas of the park
the older generation were practising the ancient art of Tai Chi
amidst some beautiful Lagerstroemia indica, which were
in full bloom.
Unbelievably we were to visit Kunming during the wettest spell
anyone can remember apparently it rained practically non-stop
for twenty-two days. Kunming is known as the city of "Eternal
Spring", it had certainly sprung a leak when we were there!