Yuxi is another interesting town, a bit more then 100 km south of Kunming (by car following the motorway it's a little less). Over the years I have been here several times. It's a reasonable sized town on the way from Kunming to Jing Hong. Yuxi is located just south of the Dian Xu, the big lake just south of Kunming. It's a very nice road that follows the lake on the west side. Most of the road is in good condition and especially along the lake it is very quiet.
Is the city worth a visit? I would say yes, it's at least worth an afternoon to have an idea what the heart of Kunming looked like. The old city center is not yet (?) renovated, at least not all. A large part is still in use as a shopping mall in the old traditional Chinese houses.
The little shops sell anything from shoes, clothes, flowers to bicycles, pottery, plastics, fruits and wedding presents. Food is plenty available. Like Kunming here are some Muslims who sell barbeque meat and fried potatoes.
But here you may want to try some cold noodles with spicy peppers and vegetables. Drinks in all colors are available. It's a very nice place to hang out for a few hours. Especially in the evening it's a very nice place.
But you may want to see a bit more. Just on the south part of the old center, there's an old traditional teahouse with a pond. Men playing cards or mahjong here.
The pond is in fact part of a longer stretch, like a canal. On this canal you can find among others, the PSB building.
Another worthy place to visit is the temple just on the east of the old city. This temple is completely renovated. Unfortunately when I was the three times in Yuxi, all three times the temple was closed.
Outside the complex is another interesting feature to visit: a watchtower, as I was told. This tower too is good renovated and is open to public.
Convenient for the cyclist/traveler is an internet cafe right in the middle of the old city center. As expected for a city this size, there are plenty of hotels but some don't take foreigners (though accept overseas Chinese). There is certainly no need to book anything in advance, just go around but in case you really need to know, check Tripadvisor for the 27 hotels the city has available here.
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