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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Yuanyang and Luopin

Unfortunately, I think you've missed both. Both places are still worth checking out though.
The Nine Dragon Waterfall is the biggest attraction in Luoping after the rape flowers, but it shouldn't be crowded, and it's a really nice day trip on a bike.
They're probably planting the terraces in Yuanyang now. Unless you're a really hardcore biker, you might want to do this area by car. I recommend going further in to Ailaoshan and checking out the pristine cloud forests. There is one hostel in old Yuanyang, I believe it's called something like "Backpacker Guest House" or something. There's a Hong Konger there by the name of Tim who can tell you where all the market days and cool spots are, as well as help arrange cars.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Showing old films

Diego,

That sounds like a plan. Showing at the museum will be a way to share with the people who helped make that happen.

Contact me when you have a chance (x i e f e i l a g a (at) g m a i l (dot) c o m), and we'll set up a screening at Yuansheng Theater. They can play DVD's, and have two projectors, one in the theater and one in the courtyard, when the weather is nice.

In terms of protecting the film, we'll just have to keep our eyes out for cameras.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Showing old films

Two issues:
First, the screening room sounds a bit small. You can comfortably fit about 50 at the Yuansheng Theatre in the Loft, and I'm sure they'd be happy to have you. I can help set that up.
Second, the 21st is opening day for the Yunfest Documentary Film Festival, which is where I suspect many of your potential viewers will be. Perhaps you could push it back a week?

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Forums > Living in Kunming > cycling on sats...

They're a good bunch and have some awesome bikes. Be warned, though, the Saturday rides are pretty hardcore. So if you're not down for a sadistic ride, I'd suggest just renting a bike and going solo.

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Nice. Here are a couple of nitpicking points:

- This is actually the third installment of the music festival, though it's got some new management this time.

- Fuxian is east, not west of Kunming

The hotline for fire is 119, but I'm sure they'll patch you through or send word along if you call general emergency (110) or information (114).

Make sure to note the highway, direction and closest km marker.

I wonder how much, if any discussion there is in the Yunnan govt about the composition of forests and how that affects forest fires.

Around Kunming and central Yunnan at least, many of the forests are full of non-native eucalyptus trees, which have evolved to encourage fires to squeeze out other species.

I can see why they planted so many of these trees. They grow fast, are highly drought-resistant, and the goats don't seem to eat them, so they were useful for holding the soil in place and mitigating some of the horrible deforestation the province has seen. But it's definitely time to start reintroducing some of Yunnan's native species, which have also adapted to long dry spells, but would hopefully be less of a fire hazard (and also promote the recovery of native plant and animal species).

Just a thought...

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Right next to my office, so I eat here pretty often. The place has a nice garden design with lots of outdoor seating for nice days.

A nice menu of Western food with solid brunch choices, fresh fruit juice mixes, and good salads. The burger is also very good.

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Excellent Thai food served in a beautiful art deco setting. The bar is also top notch, with great cocktails, whiskys and cigars.

When the weather is good, try to get a table on the rooftop garden, which offers views of the Bird and Flower market.

May be a little pricier than some of the other Thai restaurants in town.

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An exciting new gallery space built from an old factory warehouse in the Paoluda Creative Industry Park. Looking forward to seeing what they'll do with it.

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A great little place in the middle of a beautiful valley chock full of great climbing spots.

The beds and rooms are very comfortable, though the bathrooms are shared, and of the "eco" variety (a plus as far as I'm concerned).

The owners are very helpful about everything from info on climbing spots to trip planning and getting around the area.

Also, the place is dirt cheap. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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I heard they revamped the burgers so I went there for one last night. Had the blue cheese burger. Total mess, cheese and carmelized onions dripping all over the place. It was awesome.