Jinghong, our second stop is known as the main city of the Xishuangbanna region - the pearl in West China's oasis. Here you meet, see and hear so many ethnic minorities that you quickly give up trying to guess which is Dai, Hani, Jinou, Bulang etc.
Jinghong is such a bustling city with constructions and expansions going on everywhere. We spend our first night in the newer part of town right at the Mekong river and next to the city's famous night market and had dinner with a beautiful river view.
The next day we visited the older part of town - the more "traditional" Jinghong which are so exotic that I had a hard time believing that this is still China. We had local 5 kuai noodles for breakfast and then visited the renowned Western style Mei Mei cafe for a coffee to plan this day's mountain bike mission.
We decided on our route through and out of busy Jinghong in order to get out in nature (first thing on the to-do-when-you-travel list when you are from Denmark and New Zealand and have your daily life in Shanghai).
Our beautiful bike ride through Jinghong's big construction sites, smaller villages, mountains and forests ended up being a 50km mission. As much as I love to bike I am not a big mountainbiker and when I realized that I also had to bike back to Jinghong I almost cried a few tears. But of course I made it home and felt amazing.
It made me think about that if you want to feel something different you have to actually do something different. Which is what this trip and our forthcoming hike through rural areas and forgotten villages are also about:
Do something different, see something different and feel something different