Sofitel Kunming

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  • RegisteredMay 27, 2008
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  • RegisteredMay 27, 2008

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Forums > Living in Kunming > living in Dali and alternatives

Note that the airport isn't all it's cracked up to be. It does not have many direct flights to the major cities, with most flights requiring a multi-hour stopover in Kunming.

A lot of the people I know in your situation opt to hire a car to the Lijiang airport or straight to the Kunming airport and fly from there. Now you can also get to downtown Kunming in two hours via high speed rail, another option, though it takes another 30-40 minutes to get to the airport from there.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Recommend a translating service?

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That official agency people are mentioning is really only useful if you need a notarized translation to hand into a government office, like an official translation of your passport or driver's license. Avoid them if you need to actually communicate something clearly.


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@Yuantongsi: That may have just been a local regulation. Beijing's public toilets have been free for a while, but I remember paying for them in Shanghai well into the 2000s.

As for tobacco advertising, take a closer look. You can't have ads for cigarette brands. Hongta and Hongyun get around that by advertising their mother companies, which are branded as finance companies. It's debatable how well that follows the spirit of the law, but it's right down to the letter of it.

@Yuantongsi: is there a national law on free public toilets? That's the first I heard of it.

Beijing's toilets got a big revamp and went free in the run-up to the Olympics. I always figured it was a cosmetic thing for all the expected visitors

@bluegrass14: second floor of the new bird and flower market development (zhengyifang/qianwangjie)? I know that Rocco sold the place to a local wine dealer a while ago, but haven't followed it since.



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.


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.


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.


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.