This was also my first time actually seeing the natural beauty of Kunming that I had heard all about. When those I talked to found out I'd be in Kunming, the most frequent response was, "Oh wow, that is such a beautiful city and the weather is always great. It's one of my favorite places in China." Up until today, I was not as blown away by what I had seen in Kunming. The botanical gardens at KIB are truly spectacular, but aside from that, I did see any breathtaking views, until Ku Gu Qin. I have tried to capture some of the beauty of this landscape in my photos, but I just did not do the place justice. There are greatly forested mountains, with trees densely packed together on the steep slopes; there are places cleared for cultivating all kinds of crops; there are beautiful wildflowers and carnivorous plants; there are mountains behind mountains behind mountains; there's the red soil; there's the local people, kind and generous.
Wild Kudzu Valley: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97422460@N08/sets/72157634195684760/
White Village: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97422460@N08/sets/72157634209606993/