Diqing is going to be still be freaking cold at the end of January. Personally, I would stick more to the bottoms of the three parallels river bottoms than to go up onto those high elevation plateaus. Also, if you insist on pushing forward with that plan and you are intending to take the back from from Lijiang to Shangri-la which goes via Tiger Leaping Gorge and Haba Village, you may want to reconsider. I heard they are reconstructing that whole road now and it's a bit of a mess. There is a China adventure cycling WeChat group mostly composed of people not living in Yunnan, but many of them still have quite extensive knowledge and experience of the cycling routes here. If you want to PM me your WeChat details I can add you and pulll you into the group.
I would look into shipping your bike. I think you'll need to register your residence in Kunming to purchase one. Then the process of paying taxes and getting plates can take a few days.
Ask at a local motorcycle shop in Beijing if they can help you ship your bike.
@Duke, Isn't Vietnam still banning entry by foreigners anyway? If it was me, I would drag myself down to the entry-exit bureau and plead my case (perhaps I foolishly and mistakenly thought the 30 day extensions were automatic as long as the epidemic situation was still ongoing?).
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Cantina is always a safe bet for top-notch food and great service. I think it has actually gotten better and better over the years, which is often not the case with restaurants. Most people who live in Kunming know Cantina. Perhaps not as many know how involved the owners, Libby and Diego, are in various social welfare and community service efforts. Highly recommended both for visitors and long-term residents!
I went there twice for group boxing classes. I left the third time when I was attempting to book into a grappling class. This was part of an attempted process on my part to try the different classes offered there and see if I wanted to purchase one of their various membership cards.
The boxing classes were fun, a great workout, and the coaches and fellow students were all nice. A good atmosphere. Certainly room for improvement, especially in terms of explaining the class structure and fundamental concepts of the sports to beginners...but overall good.
However, on front desk staff member erased the positive aspects of the gym through his unprofessional and rude conduct. I was treated like some sort of con-man for wanting to try out the different classes offered before committing to multi-thousand RMB membership card, despite my willingness to pay per class to try them out. I wasted my time riding over to the gym on a very cold day on my scooter and then being refused service unless I committed on the spot to buying a membership card in direct contradiction to the gym's own policies and written price table. Also wasted was my friend's time and money, as she was in a cab on the way over to the gym in order to join me for the group class at the time I was refused service. My exchange with the staff (in which I was not terribly satisfied, but remained calm and reasonable throughout) was topped off with a remark from the one particular staff member with xenophobic undertones.
As one may see from my other reviews on this site, I typically try not to say anything unless I have something nice to say. In this case, I feel I must make an exception: I don't think it's a business that deserves your effort or money.
One of the best western restaurants in Yunnan. Definitely worth visiting if you will be passing through Shangrila!
The best tacos in Kunming!
I've been taking boxing classes with Kasey, who is an excellent teacher. The studio is no-frills, but they have a wide range of yoga, self defense and other classes. And some of the teachers even donate the class fees to charity. Glad to have Spring City Yoga Collective as part of the community in Kunming.