Jianshui to Kunming bus schedule
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jun 24, 2013 2:41 AM Last Post By: bai3feng1
Jun 19, 2013 4:10 PM
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Jun 22, 2013 5:57 AM
6Jianshui is pretty far to be a daytrip, as bai3feng1 says, four hours each way. Getting a bus out from Kunming around 07:00, arriving 11:00, then getting a returning bus about 19:00 returning 23:00, is theoretically doable though. I personally would not want to do this bus journey after dark, even though part of the journey is on expressway. Is there no way you can go and stay overnight, return back to Kunming first thing next morning?
Jun 23, 2013 10:54 PM
Jun 23, 2013 11:59 PM
8Jianshui has a whole lot to offer and it's not at all crowded. Excellent place, no doubt about it.
But, that being said, I'm looking at a Yunnan map and trying to think of someplace that might still make you a good day trip out of Kunming, while being considerably closer. One possibility is Yiliang 宜良 to the east, where you could visit the Jiuxiang 九乡 caves and afterwards eat the town's famous roast duck. A visit to Jiuxiang can be combined with Stone Forest 石林 if you want more to do, since they are not far from each other.
Another possibility might be Fuxian Lake 抚仙湖 to the south, near Chengjiang 澄江 and Yuxi 玉溪, though I think it's more fun with a group, boating, swimming, making BBQ on the beach and so on.
Admittedly, not as much culture or history in either of those options as in Jianshui. Those places are more about pretty scenery.
Jun 24, 2013 2:16 AM
9I've put Shihlin in my schedule though I was initially reluctant as the prices seem too overinflated but my spouse really wanted to go. I did think about Jiuxiang caves but it seems like it might be too much walking. The other possible day trip place I'm wavering on is Lufeng Dinosaur Park. There's also maybe Tonghai but I'm not sure if it's special enough though.
Jun 24, 2013 2:37 AM
10#9 -- Jiuxiang does have lots of steep stairs. And some of them are wet at times (water gets splashed from the underground river.) The tour busses that go there are notorious for their numerous shopping stops along the way. (That's true for Shilin as well, by the way.)
The dinosaur park has some good exhibits. Part of the place is like a legitimate museum, and part of the grounds are like a paleontology dig. Another (large) park is a standard Chinese amusement park with silly rides, cotton candy and even a haunted house. This section was mostly aimed at entertaining kids.
They do some actual scientific research there, so I would hope the rides help provide a revenue stream. I went there a couple years ago via a tour bus from Kunming. The bus just went there and parked, then later took us back. It stayed there way too long (in my opinion) in order to give families time to take their children on the various rides. Not sure how it is today.
I don't know about Tonghai.
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