Yunfeng Tunpu and Tianlong Tunpu @ Anshun

My attempt to get the the Tunpu Village of Tianlong today turned into a bit more of an adventure then planned. I started by taking a photo of a page from trip adviser which lists the address in Chinese, In my hung over state I thought that with this alone I would be able to get a taxi directly their and avoid the bus station. When I was dropped off I looked around and decided that this area didn't look at all like what I was expecting, after asking a bakery shop owner it was explained to me that the address was here, but the name was not. According to him the only way out of where I was at was by motorbike.

My conversation with the nearest motorbike driver gave me the impression he could take me somewhere with a temple, considering my lack of other options this sounded great, and who knows maybe this is a temple at Tianlong I thought. As we finally pulled up to the attraction, what I saw did not look bad at all: A temple, sitting atop a tall thin cone shaped mountain, surrounded at the base by an ancient Ming dynasty village (Turns out this was called Yunfeng Tunpu). The motorcycle driver offered to wait for me while I visited however I decided to pay him and find my own way back, in order to avoid him making up some outrageous number for his rate later.


To start my journey in Anshun I went out last night to try and find the food stalls at Gufu street. When I reached what I thought was the food stall area at the intersection of Gufu and Tufu, I was disappointed with the lack of street food selection and decided to walk deep into the alley in search of something more interesting. My search lead me to a crammed two story restaurant that I don't imagine too many foreigners have visited.

Hongshan Lake
Streets of Anshun

Danuphyu Daw Saw Yee Myanma @ Yangon

Located on 29th street, close to the hotel I'm staying in is traditional Burmese shop called Danuphyu Daw Saw Yee Myanma. The dishes you find here can be found on the street for cheaper, however here you might have a balance of better hygiene, yet not served with a western makeover. Ordering is pretty simple, point at whichever pan looks appealing and see what happens; I chose a couple of veggie trays and a piece of pork and within 5 minutes I had a collection of dishes on my table. I can't say this was my favorite south east asian dish, however the pork was tasty and the value for my k5,000 (4 usd) is not something I'll contest.

View from 29th street
The menu

Dallah Tsunami Village @ Yangon

To access Dallah, all you need to do is hop onto a ferry across from the Strand hotel, after about 10 minutes you'll be on the south side of the Yangon river surrounded by trishaws and motorbikes fighting for your attention. Dallah is far too big to walk, so you have no choice to but to negotiate a deal with someone if you want to see the whole area.

View of the Dallah side of the river from the ferry
Exiting the ferry

Mingaladon Bazaar Station @ Yangon

Advertised on blogs as the cheapest and easiest way to see how real Yangonian's live, The Circular Train takes you from Yangon Central Railway Station all the way up and around the international airport and back. I hopped on with little knowledge about my sight seeing options along the way, and by the time I actually found a map that listed the stop names, we had already passed the few I recognized.

Yangon Central Train Station
Everyone had to switch platforms

Blue Sky Lounge @ Ulaanbaatar

The Blue Sky Lounge is located on the 23rd floor of the Blue Sky building, a sail shaped thing in the center of Ulaanbaatar. From the window you can appreciate the dated cityscape of a developing third world country, vast snow covered hills surrounding the city and gigantic columns of pollution rising up from the West. The beer selection here was a waste, however the crispy pork belly dish reminded me of some of the best meals I had when I was living in Sydney.

Blue Sky Building
View East