|Kunming railway station
Our first move after having breakfast was to wander over to the station (actually just over a km away) to try to buy train tickets for Chengdu. On the way we found more lovely pedestrian district, then some big avenues that are pretty easy to walk along and cross over (compared with other places we've been recently). In fact, nothing is hard to do here at all. Even buying a train ticket would have been easy, were it not for a few stubborn attempts to buy them with a foreign credit card which were firmly rebuffed by the train station staff. Having got our tickets we decided to take the bus back and discovered that was also easy. Mike took us for lunch in a hole in the wall very Chinese restaurant which he chose and discovered belatedly that the characters for basic foodstuffs are not among the ones I've mastered. He was hard-pressed to order something that didn't contain pork and beef and wasn't sure if he succeeded in the end. Antonia and I went for the basic 'point at a picture with the end of a broomstick' approach to communication which worked for us.
|Demonstration over some dispute with the Japanese about ownership of some island or waters around it or something