Last stop in China
28.10.2009 - 29.10.2009
We had 2 early morning flights to get from Chengdu to Jing Hong - a Chinese border town and our last stop in China. I had the worst cold so flying was not a great experience esp. with the Chinese Swine Flu police everywhere - all over the airport they have machines taking your temperature and if you have a high temp they can quarantine you!
The 2 flights were only an hour long each but in total we were travelling for hours because of checking in all our back packs, then waiting to fly, flying then collecting our backpacks then waiting to check in...It was a long day.
No-one really knew what to expect from Jing Hong so far we have stopped in city after city and apart from the Pandas have not seen much wildlife or anything. .... wow... we touched down in Jing Hong in the smallest airport I have ever seen just one little landing strip and you walk from the plane to the airport building which is the size of an office with nothing in it except a baggage carousel!
We collected our bags and walked out and 1st thing we noticed is that it was boiling!! yay! (The rest of China had mostly been cold/wet/grey and windy) also it is like walking into a tropical island! mountains and palm trees and blue skies! as you can imagine we were really excited to see the sun!
I some how managed to get bitten to death within about 5 minutes of being there - nasty...
We got to the hotel which was the same as all the other hotels we have stayed in and dropped our bags then went out for fried rice with Nicole our tour guide. Then a few of us walked down to the Mekong (Its not called the Melong on the Chinese side though). We walked through a really nice park and down to the water. Me. Dani & Lechae paddled in the river for a bit - it was much clearer than I expected - I thought it would be brown and murky but you could see to the bottom. Not sure how its that clean when ppl were washing themselves, their cars and motorbikes in it!
That night we went back down to the river for a drink with the group. It was nice and chilled except a fireworks display was going of right next to us for about 30 minutes...
After this we went back and repacked our backpacks - in the morning we were off to LAOS!!!