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"A traveller without knowledge is a bird without wings"
Muslih Al-Din Sa'di

These are the upper floors of the supposed Yongning Intenational Art Museum. Actually it's four floors of antique vendors, two mahogani furniture stores and a hotel. The museum is located in the basement – doors closed, lights out. This is the second museum/gallery I wanted to visit that is closed for no apparent reason. Two other ones housing contemporary art that I really wanted to see where temporarily shut due to maintenance or being relocated at the moment. Seesh …
Still a nice and prominent building, though.

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Can't sleep.

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After I arrived back from the Stone Forest and stepped off the Metro a thunderstorm hovered over the city and it began pouring cats and dogs. I was soaked to the bones within seconds and streams began running down the hilly streets of Kunming turning the last leg of the tour into a track and field run. Because my only pair of shoes turned to sponges and it rained the whole night through, I couldn't even go out to get some dinner. So I went down to the girls at the reception that don't speak a word of Engrish if I could order something to the hotel. They weren't into that idea for some reason, but could offer me a huge bucket of instant noodles from their own stash. Well, alright then :P

Today's weather was just about the same and the forecast says it's gonna continue that way all over South West China and even get worse. Guess I struck April in the City of Eternal Spring.

And writing of shoes … the guy from the skate shop told me I probably won't find any my size in the whole country.

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View from my room. It's got almost the exact same layout as the one back in Chengdu with the thick carpet swapped for those fake ass vinyl boards I also got in my apartment and two single beds instead a queen sized one. The TV's got some sort of netflixy thing going through which I watched Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings. It's a Wuxia flick and I can't quite believe I haven't even heard of that series. If a blend of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Naruto with the production value of Marvel cinematics tickles your fancy you're in for a real treat!

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Part of the park is dedicated to Du Fu, one of China's most well respected poets on par with Li Bai. The thatched cottage he dwelled in and several pagodas have been reconstructed after originals dating from the Tang to Qing dynasties.

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Took the panoramic elevator up the West Pearl Tower, at 339m the tallest in Western China. Surprisingly the top floor sports VR- and AR-arcade setups, because what else would you do up there, right?

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你好! Finally arrived in Pandaria Chengdu after a solid 24 hours of travel. Everything went super smooth, treated myself to a last awesome breakfast with real bread in Prague, where I also stumbled by a movie set and enjoyed a decent pint of Pilsner Urquell at the airport later on. Spent roughly 9 hours on the plane watching The Sopranos, getting a first glimpse of proper Sichuan spiciness with intermittent contortioned sleep breaks. Totally lucked out, though, had two seats to myself.

Got disinfected with some weird spray before leaving the plane and walked through thermometric sensors to make sure I don't bring in any foreign germs. Further 'alien' processing went through without any hiccups whatsoever and whilst getting on the Metro it totally paid off choosing Chengdu as my point of entry. Everything's in English and super high-end – choose your destination on a touchscreen map, get your 70c ticket and off you go. It's a breeze.  
 
Got to my hotel four hours before earliest check-in time, but the guys where so nice as to prepare my room in 20 minutes after I arrived. This is the view from my top floor suite. Don't fret – it's way less urban-hellish than it may seem :P

Later on my good fortune balanced out when I set off the nasty alarm of the safe in my room, the bowel bubbling I received from the glibbery rice goo on the plane churned itself down the drain and I discovered that it's quite impossible to access any English navigation service or app. Managed to finesse my way to a Maps.me setup file, though, and it's all good now.

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