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Trip Report Trip Report - Lijiang with a day in Kunming

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Going to start a trip report here, I don't want it to get too long so I won't go through what we did each day, just post some of my observations and highlights and reviews of where we stayed.

Spent Xmas with one night in Kunming and 4 in Lijiang - booked a cheap roundtrip ticket on China Eastern that included the 25 hour layover in Kunming. I had always been a bit curious to check out Kunming and the Stone Forest, so this worked for us.

Guidebook: Fodor's China and Lonely Planet Southwestern China. I have a bit of a bone to pick with Fodor's - TOO MANY HOTEL REVIEWS!!!! They are a waste of space and much, much too much of this book and my new Fodor's Essential are devoted to hotel reviews. Most travelers buying a Fodor's book aren't backpackers and will sort out their hotel beforehand. The book listed maybe 6-7 hotels in Kunming but failed to list some of the city's main sights. Disappointing and making me consider an additional book for India.

Hotels: Kunming - Grand Park
Lijiang- Crowne Plaza (one night)
Banyan Tree (3 nights). TBC...

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