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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Bus Ticket Office

Does anyone know a place to buy bus tickets aside from the bus station itself?

The bus ticket office on 121 seems to have closed.

Does anyone know another location?

Side note: post offices and those "community offices" where you pay your electric bill also sell tickets, but not to foreigners (can't issue tickets without a resident ID card)

Forums > Living in Kunming > Why is China so materialistic?

Do you really think that China is any different than any other developing nation? Also think about countries in the Middle East, Russia, they aren't materialistic? It's just a byproduct of suddenly having a little disposable income. It will change as the country grows into its own.

What I DO think about is weren't these the exact same kind of people that were exiled, thrown down wells, and re-educated a half century ago for behaving in this showy manner? Kind of ironic I guess...

Forums > Living in Kunming > Recycling in Kunming ?

There is a big outdoor market that starts every evening around 7pm on Panlong River. The location of the market is on the river between Baiyun Lu and the railroad tracks (its very close to the railroad tracks on Panjiang Dong/Xi lu). They sell everything there and would be happy to have your old clothes donated to the market peddlers. I showed up with a big bag of clothes and walked away with about 100RMB. Not my intention to sell anything, but thats how it ended up... Definitely worth a look.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Who knows a Tibetan trekking guide named 'Aluo'?

I did that Dimaluo -> Lancang River hike in October with Aluo's company. I think if its too much snow for that hike, it might be too much snow for any hike.

That being said, there is one where you walk north out of Bingzhongluo town and you follow (what turns into) a pretty bad and lightly trafficked road. It goes all the way into Tibet. It'll be snowbound, but at least it'll be wide enough so you won't get lost. Guide is probably not required either.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Wives of Kunming

Why is everything for sale on the classifieds something someone's wife "never uses"? Samsung Galaxy 4? NAH. Brand new bike? Sell that thing!

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@Flengs Almost certainly no one animal would make the entire round trip (though one could assume that a horse might have). I was also skeptic that any one man would even attempt the journey in one go. Mrs. Luo and her son both said that there were indeed several traders that did the entire route, round trip, once per year. Agreed unlikely they used the exact same animal throughout the route, but upon what I've read and what I heard, many men couldn't afford pack animals and would transport it themselves. Many people we talked to on the trip mentioned guys carrying upwards of 90kg of tea on their backs. I'm sure you've seen pictures as well. Liu Yong's book also mentions people making the entire route. It was more profitable. As stated in the article, tea was arguably the least expensive product traded on the tea horse road. All kinds of wares were traded. This article was meant as an introduction, wasn't planning to go into all the details.

I went last week to Heijing. The entrance fee to the town is 30RMB and the museum, as well as all other points of interest, were all included.

It really is worth a visit. 11.5RMB by train? A steal!

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Well, this is about 10 years too late, but that, my dear, is a Hoopoe. A summer visitor from Scandanavia to the Russian Far East, wintering in Africa, S&SE Asia, China south of Chiangjang River.

Favors open woodland, forest edge, groves and thickets, especially in river valleys, and in parks and gardens. The surrounding Kunming area would provide an excellent habitat for the Hoopoe.

It likes to eat insects and other invertebrates in dry soil or sandy ground.

Also, according to the CNN article I read, only one of the climbers was from the USA and he was Chinese-American. This is one of the most ridiculous crimes I've read about. Not only was only one guy American, 5000 meters is a pretty extreme place to go hunting for tourists. I hope they catch those murderers and quick. Maybe they'll be extradited to China for some punishment.


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