In the end, after some 2 hours wandering completely lost in Kunming and under the rain, we came accross a coffee shop with wifi internet, so we could finally get the exact directions to the hostel and somehow we arrived there, in the end.
The hostel, called "The Hump", is right in the middle of Kunming, with a quite nice courtyard but with not so nice stuff. They said they went to the train station to pick us up but they didn't find us. Quite hard to believe, as we were the only foreigner there, so we were quite visible.
That first day in Kunming ended by going for a walk when the rain finally stopped in the surroundings of the hostel. There was a big square with two huge Chinese gates, souvenir shops, skyscrapers and not much more.
The rest of the day we just went to a nearby restaurant to have some noodles (noodles with soup this time, typical from Yunnan) and to a bar to have a beer, being both places really cold, can you imagine everybody inside a bar wearing Winter jackets? So that's Kunming in Winter.
The following day we told the staff at the hostel to book a bus ticket to go to Jinghong, the capital of the region of Xishuangbanna, our next destination, and we devoted the day to explore a bit Kunming. This day, despite being cloudy and cold, it was not raining, so at least we could go sightseeing a bit.
In some 15 minutes walking we were at the pagodas. Well, if you haven't seen any pagoda before, they are quite Ok, but if you have seen any before, these ones are perfectly missable. They are quite small, you cannot get inside them... the good thing is the location. They are one in front of the other one connected by a nice street, so still quite enjoyable the walk there. The best thing, though, was coming accross a Chinese bakery, quite hard to find in the whole country. We bought a couple of really tasty pastries and continued our Kunming walking tour.
When we got to the temple, we could notice it was a quite important worship place. Outside it, a lot of shops selling everything related to Buddhism: Buddhas, incense, praying stuff... so after visiting the shops we entered the temple to discover that this is one of the most beautiful temples of China. We entered through a wide street and after crossing the main gate we found the temple itself. It has a main building in the middle of an artificial lake full of small turtles (literally, full of turtles in there) and some smaller temples surrounding it.
From there, and running out of time in the city, we went to visit the Green Lake Park. It is the typical Chinese Park, smaller than the one in Chengdu but with people doing fitness, singing and so on. But the most special fact about this park are the seagulls. In this time of the year, thousands, literaly thousands, of seagulls visit the park. You see them everywhere, as well as people taking pictures while feeding them, photographers offering you to have a picture with a seagull... they even sell teddy seagulls! crazy... these Chinese are crazy and the seagull thing in this park is crazy as well.
At the station, after freezing a bit and chatting with a guy from Chengdu about the NBA and some other stuff, we jumped into the bus, covered with the provided blankets and hoped for definitely warmer and nicer weather in the capital of Xishuangbanna, where we intended to spend some days visiting minority villages and enjoying the South-East Asia part of China.
If you plan to visit Kunming, check out our Travel Guide as well as all our pictures from China!