Thursday, February 23, 2012

Typical Travel Day

Hopped on the bus from Ninger to Jinggu at 9AM and a pleasant 2 hrs later we arrived 100 kilometers down the road in Jinggu. However, the next onward bus to Lincang, our final destination for the day, was not until 2PM, so we had 3 hours to kill.

Luckily SL had studied Jinggu so we walked out to the nearby Theravada Buddhist Temple, a 20 minute walk, ignoring the advice of the policeman who told us it was 3 to 4 kms and we should take a taxi. A very cool temple with 2 stupas and a peacock. One stupa is said to be surrounded by a banyon tree, the other surrounds a banyon tree. They both looked about the same to me.

The 2PM bus to Lincang left almost on time with the aisle completely full of cargo. Hmmm. However this ride had a highlight, crossing the Upper Mekong River, called the Lancang Jiang in China.

We've crossed the Lancang several times in China, once north of here, and once south. This crossing was a thrill. The new and improved Route S323 is completed everywhere except for the bridge across the Lancang, so just before the river, we plunged down, down, down on a temporary dirt road, crossed the river on the old bridge, then headed up, up, up back to S323 getting a good look at the new bridge construction.

Arrived in Lincang about 6:15 PM. Found a hotel by 7PM. Changed hotels at 8PM after the first hotel could not produce sufficient hot water or roon lighting.

Just another day on the road.

Banyon tree and pagoda.
Theravada Buddhist Temple - Jinggu, Yunnan, China

The other banyon tree and pagoda.
Theravada Buddhist Temple - Jinggu, Yunnan, China

Best look ever at a peacock!
Theravada Buddhist Temple - Jinggu, Yunnan, China

Theravada Temple.
Theravada Buddhist Temple - Jinggu, Yunnan, China

Several views, in chronological order, from both banks, of the new bridge over the Lancang/Mekong. On the west bank, we go north below the bridge. Then we cross the river the old bridge; new bridge to the south. Then we head south on the west bank, passing the new bridge at eye level.

Mekong River Bridge - S323 - Yunnan, China

Mekong River Bridge - S323 - Yunnan, China

Mekong River Bridge - S323 - Yunnan, China

Mekong River Bridge -S323 - Yunnan, China

Mekong River Bridge - S323 - Yunnan, China

1 comment:

Kathy said...

Looks like the tree is winning in the second shot. Nice temple.