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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Best destination for visa run

Overnight train to Hekou. Cross border in morning. Enjoy Pho, Bia Hanoi (no beer hoi in Lao cai) and uncensored internet for a day. Catch evening train back to Kunming.

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Hong Kong by rail via Shenzhen

Hi all,

I have to go to Hong Kong in a few weeks and I was thinking to do one way by taking high speed rail to Shenzhen. Does anyone have any experience with this? Is it easy to take subway from the high speed rail station in Shenzhen to the border crossing and then link into the MTR?

I would like to see the landscape and trains are nice for doing some reading or a bit of work...but if the process is a big hassle I'll skip and just fly straight to HK. Thanks for any thoughts.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Working two jobs

In theory it may be possible to legitimately do paid consulting work for a third-party company under the business license of the company that has issued your res permit. But this requires the cooperation of your employer, and also that they have consulting for the proper industry in the scope of their business license. And the payment structure is different. You wouldn't be able to be paid directly by the third-party company; it would have to be recorded as revenue to the company that issued your business license. And there will be taxes not just on your income, but likely profit taxes to the company that recorded it as revenue.

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Congrats to Jeff for stepping into this exciting new role. I went down and checked out the exhibit as part of a YFBC event. It is well done and interesting, particularly with Jeff onhand to explain the history of each artist and background of each piece. The '1903' development in which the museum is located is not exactly to my taste, what with the international chains like Gap and Starbucks. On the other hand, there are some interesting looking restaurants there, including Gare de la Sud, which was forced to move out of its original location near the city center. Dined there. Pricey, but food quality still quite good.

@Cloudtrapezer Think on it for a while; I'm sure you'll get there.

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A nice day out. I missed the second exhibition. The third exhibition, currently ongoing, is contemporary photos of the Kunming-Haiphong railway, mostly the Chinese side. I thought it was quite good. It's not a huge space, but the 1903 commercial complex has some decent dining options (including the museum cafe itself which has some expensive but very good single origin coffees).

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An odd, but overall nice dining experience. Wish they'd at least give those raccoons a bigger cage, though.

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I have heard a few places have opened in the past few years in shopping malls that are selling decent Nanxiang-style xiaolongbao dumplings, like you find in Shanghai. But, outside of those, this is the only place I've found in Kunming serving decent xiaolongbao. They're not quite as good as my favorite spots in Shanghai, but quite passable. So every once in a while, I make the sojourn to Renmin Dong Lu to gorge myself. A dozen served in a steamer tray cost 15 kuai. The place also has fried dumplings and some other decent street food.

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Just had an expensive and very underwhelming meal here. Flavor of food not good and full of low quality oil.

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My favorite guesthouse in China. It's a rock climbing destination, so most of the guests are climbers. But it's also a great spot for getting the heck out of Kunming and spending a few days hiking and relaxing in a pleasant village in a beautiful setting. Very reasonably priced.

Would also serve as a perfect base for exploring Laojunshan National Park by mountain bike, dirtbike or 4x4. Lots of trails and roads all over. Also, a good stopover if you're heading up toward the area around Weixi and Tacheng.

About an hour drive from Lijiang Train station.

Reuben and Long, the owners, are wonderful people. Food is good, with communal dinner every evening around 7 to 7:30.

May not be suitable for everybody: toilets are outhouse style and shower/sinks are communal. But internet speed very good considering the setting.

Great little getaway from the big city.