Southwestern China is a natural paradise. Even looking out the windows of a train travelling through Sichuan province, I was amazed at the constant beauty of the scenery.
|Verdant greenery and mountains|
Yet supposedly the most beautiful province in China is Yunnan, which is directly south of Sichuan. This was certainly reflected in the natural beauty of the campus of Yunnan University in Kunming:
|Me, dwarfed by a stand of bamboo|
|People have etched their names (I assume) into the bamboo|
Kunming's cuisine is also pretty good, and more to my taste than the incredibly spicy Sichuan food.
|The view from a restaurant where my friend's parents took us|
Like America, China is a huge country with great natural diversity, and although I didn't get to spend enough time in the South to confirm this hypothesis, I wouldn't be surprised if southern China is as different from Beijing in its way of living as the American South is from the Northeast.