Date registered: June 20, 2012
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Great article indeed! Fascinating! Now I know what to do on Sunday after attending the Dali Equinox Party! I've been longing for an "obviously Muslim area" since I left Xinjiang after traveling there last summer. Maybe I'll stay a day extra and visit the temple complex hasenman mentions as well, sounds like a lovely place.
I'm curious about 90 day tourist visa extensions, is it something available only to those with family where they apply for the extension? I used to think that only 30 day extensions were possible, but last summer after having come to China to visit my brother I was informed at the Beijing Lu visa office that since my brother was studying in Kunming, they could've given me a longer visa extension, but now it was too late as I had already extended my visa twice when out traveling. Didn't really matter as I later got a student visa, but still, would've been good to know that earlier. If one comes to China to visit a girlfriend or boyfriend, is the same generous extension offer available I wonder, or do you have to get hitched first?
I will need to do a visa run soon, as my Chinese student visa expires on March 23rd, but I wish to stay in China for another two months (maybe three), researching my thesis. My school which does some shady visa business offered me a two month student visa without having to attend class for 1900 yuan (including the 400 yuan visa fee), but to me that feels like a bit much for a two month visa which I won't be able to extend like a tourist visa (I'm guessing there might be other Kunming language schools that have the same type of offer for a cheaper price though?). I'm thinking going to Vietnam and applying for a new visa would be a better option, since I don't need a visa to Vietnam if I stay for less than 15 days (and also I've been dreaming of seeing northern Vietnam ever since reading L'amant). People say it's impossible to get a Chinese visa at the embassy in Hanoi unless you're a Vietnamese resident though, but at the embassy's website I found nothing stating this, they only write that non-Vietnamese applicants need to supply a copy of their Vietnamese visa, so it's all a bit confusing, I'm not sure which information to trust. Anyone with recent experience in the matter? Would I have to go to Ho Chi Minh City? That seems a bit far, then I might as well go to Hong Kong. I also hear that normally you can only get a one month tourist visa in Vietnam or Hong Kong, not a two or three month visa, is this so? Thanks in advance for any help on this matter!
Friday, May 24
Fire & Ice: Fire cocktails and specials on Ice shots and live music from the Nevada & Ian Blues Duo. 10:00pm, free entry
Live Blues: with The Gate followed by a jam session, 10pm, free entry
Drama: Hitler's Belly, 8pm, 100-580 yuan
Live Music: old man rock'n'roll with Ralf and Joost, 10pm, free entry
Live Music: with the South Cats and Ba Si Yingxiang (八四映像), 9pm, 20 yuan
Live Pub music and beer specials all night, 9pm, free entry
MC Joker Dog (电音暴徒, Beijing) playing electronic Hip-hop and cranberry cocktails 15 yuan, 10pm, 69 yuan (ladies free)
92#同学: Graduation Exhibition by the students of Yunnan Art Institute, 8pm, free entry
DJ Weili plays techno, house, and nu-disco, 11pm, free entry
Future Funk: Turntablist DJ DSK (UK) cutting up nu-funk, hip-hop, rare groove, breaks & beats in what might be his final Kunming show, 10pm, free entry
Day 1 of the Kunming Nandu Music Festival II with many local bands, 6-10pm, free entry
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