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Himalaya

Day 88: Kunming

Kunming, China 
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The Hump Bar, Kunming. A small shrine to the Flying Tigers, Allied airmen who kept supply lines between India and China open by flying across a 500 mile stretch of Himalayan peaks which they christened 'The Hump'. Photos, maps, and a great place to drink.
Michael Palin - HimalayaThe next port of call on our journey will be over the other side of the Himalaya, where the planes landed and the Burma Road broke out of the jungle.

Two last good memories of China, both meals. A lunch of fish in lemon grass, asparagus, chicken and delectable pork cooked beneath a vegetable crust, and a last evening thank you to our long-suffering Chinese fixers, minders and helpers in a chic restaurant, with photos of the old Kunming railway on the walls.

So I'm very happy tonight, and only wish John Pritchard were here to share our enormous sense of relief at having, in not much more than a month, crossed the hardest terrain we've ever travelled.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 88: Kunming
  • Country/sea: China
  • Place: Kunming
  • Book page no: 207

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