A few days ago, my friend Yuhan took me on a surprise adventure around the center of Kunming. We walked along a popular street lined with trendy clothing shops and chocolatiers. Between the storefronts were these small nondescript doors, not quite hidden but easily unnoticed.
Behind these doors, we discovered rows of ancient communal housing complexes from centuries ago. Some seemed recently abandoned, while most others were still occupied by families. I was a bit shy about entering these homes, but many of the residents welcomed us in, and invited us to take a look around.
Yuhan’s family lived here when she was very young. The writing on the door and wall is a list of names and contact information of former residents that have moved away. A nice couple opened the door for us.
The infamous blackened stinky tofu with hot chili paste.
P.S. Remember the weekly bike series I mentioned last time?
I have a new post up at CoLab Radio featuring field recordings of the city’s bike lanes by Taurin. We braved the rush hour traffic, and rode down one of the busiest roads in Kunming holding a field recorder and a camera! Ah, Kunming is starting to really feel like home.