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Forums > Living in Kunming > No More Plastic Bags!

Well, it didn't "fail"... I paid, they got their money. I'm not "afraid" of small change, it was just a pain for them to give and for me to receive (esp when I had looked out the exact money to make it easy for all). I just think there must be a more efficient way. What does "toolish" mean??

Forums > Living in Kunming > Dental work?

More details about this "Stomology" hospital are in a previous dental thread, inc contact details for their top dentist.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Flights and visas from Kunming

[... thread cntd from Private Joker's "Psychological Help" thread!]

I'm interested in countries near Yunnan that I can fly to directly, esp if they require no visas, or visas can be obtained in Kunming. Can anyone confirm or update this information (for UK/US/OZ travellers) ...

Vietnam, Hanoi (visa? from where?)
S. Korea, Seoul (no visa req'd?)
Burma, Rangoon (visa from Kunming)
India (nearest visa issuing office in Chiang Mai, Thailand?)
Cambodia (visa avalaible in KM?)
Laos (visa available in KM?)
Thailand (free tourist visa on arrival?)
Malaysia (no visa req'd?)
Singapore (no visa req'd?)
Bangladesh (where's the nearest place I can get this visa from? Bangkok?)
HongKong (no visa req'd?)


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I've lived in half a dozen cities/towns in China and Kunming is the one where I have chosen to stay. The weather, the "relaxed" attitude of the locals, easy access to the countryside and the lack of bad pollution are all factors that make this a decent place to settle.



Price is now 100RMB for adults, 70RMB for children.
Some of the animal areas are as far as 10+km from the entrance - you can buy a hop on/off bus ticket for 60RMB per person, but there are also clearly marked walkways for those who are full of energy.

Everything inside is pretty expensive - consider bringing a picnic.

Many of the animals are in large outdoor enclosures. Some are caged. The park calls itself a safari, but this is not a "drive your car amongst the animals" thing. It's more like a decent western zoo.
There are places to handle/be photographed with animals, for a fee. Also, some kids amusements.
The animal show is free, but a waste of time (unless you love watching goats, sheep, pigs, horses etc!!).
Good labelling i English thorughout.


Still worth a visit, especially for the arhat statues. The 11am vegetarian lunch is basic, but still only 10RMB. Free entry.


Prague cafe used to be my favourite cafe in Wenlin area but I went for lunch there today after a few months away and it's really gone downhill (new owners?). The menu was a photocopy, the food was lacklustre and much more expensive than before, the decor was dull and the service so-so. I won't be back there anytime soon.


It's open! And it's free. And its terrific for kids.

The museum is surprisingly interactive (although only 2/3 of the attractions are working) and modern (VR, simulators, touchscreens, etc). Sadly, no English on any of the displays but the fun is in trying to work out how the exhibits work and what they are supposed to be showing. Well worth a visit.


Much improved from a few years ago. Lots of interesting displays, with Plenty of English language translations. Nice open area in the middle where kids can have a run around. And it's free.