读万卷书,不如行万里路

Inside This Yunnan Log

Mt Lion of Wuding (武定狮子山)

This mountain is where the deposed Ming Emperor Jianwen seeked refuge after he who was dethroned by his uncle who later became Emperor Yongle.

 

It was said that a lady named Peony (Mudan (牡丹) in Mandarin) accompanied the deposed monarch to this part of China.

 

Unfortunately, Peony killed herself after succumbed to an illness.

 

A distraught Jianwen buried the body of Peony and from where the place was, he planted the first flower and named "Peony".

 

鸣凤山金殿 (Golden Temple)

(As it shines like a golden structure under the sun, this bronze temple was therefore called "Golden Temple")

 

This bronze temple was constructed by one of Qing's founding generals, Wu SanGui (吴三桂) for his beloved wife Chen YuanYuan (陈圆圆).

the "gold temple" is actually constructed by bronze This dragon on the celing is one of the artefact that was deemed "lese majeste" Another ""lese majeste"" charge on this structure as Emperor was the only one who would allow structure like this to be constructed
 

Dounan 斗南

Reputed to be the largest floral wholesale market in China.

 

It supplies more than 80% of the total floral supply in China and 50% of this region's supply.

 

Farmers in Dounan used to grow fruits and vegetable before they decided to opt for the more lucrative floral trade, after it was decided that the soil in this region is more suitable for floral growing.

 

Conclusion

Being my first trip to China, I should say it's a good idea to start venturing from the inner part rather than from spots like Shanghai or Beijing.

 

As both Shanghai and Beijing are two of the most developed places in Mainland, thus it would be nice to see those "secondary" spots first.

 

But the city of Kunming is pretty modernized with those buzz and vibrancy in it.

 

It's always the case of having that negative feeling before going China.

 

Yes, some of those we heard and seen on the media or from hearsay are true.

 

Perhaps, the feeling is "tidak ada rosak, pun boleh jadi lah" is the general philosophy applied in every Chinese aspect?

 

However, I would say it's more appropriate to pass your own verdict rather than concluded with external views.

 

Since this is only a small part of China so it would not be fair to stereotype the whole.

 

After all, despite some hiccups along the way (camera malfunctioning upon arrival, making natural call among the bushes and etc.) it had been a wonderful eye-opener for me.

 

 
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