A Very Uyghur Christmas
Crossing the border was fine, but the night bus from Hukou to Kunming was a rough, sleepless ride. When we arrived at Kunming before sunrise, we took a taxi to the closest dorm beds in town and headed out to town as soon as we cleaned up.
The largest Kunming Mosque was unfortunately torn down in the late 1990s and replaced with a more mundane brick, concrete and steel structure.
The Kunming Mosque.
As noted in the blog post above, I had the chance to attend a church service on Christmas Eve in Kunming, and it was quite an experience: a packed church with barely enough room to stand and police guarding the gates. Read the post for the full story.
The Kunming Church.
Ever since my trip to Xinjiang in 2003 (with Mutantfrog!), I've had a very soft spot for Uyghur cuisine. From mutton kebabs to the enormous rolls of bread to the slabs of nut cake, it is some of the best food I've ever had. (Please note that most Muslims in Yunan province are not Uyghurs, who are a Turkic people from Central Asia. Most of Yunan's Muslims trace their origins to the Mongol invaders of many centuries ago.)
Uyghur food in the backstreets of Kunming.
||The famous Stone Forest of Kunming.
||Kunming at night...
||And the skyline.
After a few days in Kunming, including visits to the famous Stone Forest, we moved on to the interior of Yunan Province, which is where things really started to get interesting.