It is fascinating to find a French built railway in Kunming-Mengzi area. Though the tracks are more than a century old the Chinese-Yunnan government continues to use this railway and trains as an important mode of transport. Soon a modern system would be completed. Perhaps in 2015 I will get a few friends together to travel from Singapore to Kunming by train!! That's a nice event to look forward to.
Our lives can be like railway tracks - some are straight lines - some have too many criss crossed tracks. Some one may pull the gauges and we take a different journey. Someone may de-rail us and we are thrown into chaos.
You might also be interested to know that one of the earliest railway stations in modern Chinese history- the Bisezhai Railway Station can be reached by train from Kunming. The Ancient fort city of Jianshui can also be reached by rail.
|Lovely tracks along one of the villages we passed by.|
One may marvel at it that on the section of Yunnan, there are altogether 425 bridges crossing over deep valleys and 155 tunnels taking 36 percent of the total length of Dian section.(http://www.chinakunming.travel/show.aspx?aid=4985)
|New buildings are fast coming up around the railway tracks in Mengzi.|
|Motor cyclists and a covered lorry wait patiently while the train passes by early in the morning in Mengzi. Three persons on a bike is very common here.|
|Future Train Rides from Singapore or KL!!|
Note : You can watch this movie http://www.china.org.cn/english/features/film/95780.htm and learn more about the modern history of Yunnan. Liu Ye is an exceptionally great actor. Watch out for him!