Friday, February 17, 2012

Laomeng - Part Two

So, was the Laomeng Market worth the time and effort? Yes!

Lots of local color. Almost all the ladies were wearing their traditional clothes and the variety of costumes and color was amazing.

We spent about 3 hours strolling around. Bought some bananas and some cross-stitch cloth. From our experience in South America we knew to look for the animal market which was across town and full of ducklings, chicks, squealing piglets, and stoic water buffalo.

We checked out of the hotel at noon, and walked up through the animal market to the main road to wait for a through bus to Lvchun (the v is not a typo btw), but encountered massive gridlock due to market traffic and driver stupidity. So we walked to the front of the westbound jam and walked backwards asking who is going to Lvchun and ended up catching a lift all the way to Lvchun with a lumber dealer from Kunming who was on a business trip buying timber; a sharp guy with a wide world view.

Here are the market photos starting with one of the lady who sold us bananas:

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

reading your hitchhike on the lumber truck is like watching lonely planet's show. these're awesome pictures. they look a lot like your south american markets. i remember little pigs on string... is this man smoking a gigantic pipe? i've never seen the green shots on top of the sugar canes. very cool.
--weiqing

john said...

WQ,
Sorry to disappoint you, but we were not in the cab of a truck with a lumberjack, but in a sedan with a suit-wearing timber tycoon. ;-)
But two days later we did get to ride in the cab of a blue work truck. Stay tuned for that story.
-john

Crash Eddy said...

Interesting to me that some women wear a traditional skirt with colorful banding and some wear pants.

Kathy said...

GREAT pix! Love the hitchhike story.

BTW, no sign of haze. How are the pollution levels in Yunnan now?

john said...

@Ed - And interesting that none of the men wear traditional clothes.
@Kathy - Thanks! There is some haze the last few days - partly from farmers burning chaff, partly factory pollution, and its just plain dry and dusty.