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Forums > Food & Drink > Blood Cuisine

I bet Heavenly Manna has blood in their sweet and sour sauce and their 'russian soup'; it sure tastes of it. In general they probably have blood dishes on the menu given how large it is.

东二Something小餐厅, the next restaurant I'm gonna review on my shabbiness blog, also has blood dishes on the menu (one, at least, and this is know for certain). It's located inside a 小区 directly east of the food street east of Yunda. It's also happen to be Kunming's supreme restaurant in terms of value-for-the-money, so definitely worth a visit.

Makye Ame also used to have basically everything that's weird and animalic, but they recently streamlined their menu and took away some of the really odd items (I think they don't have yak testicle soup anymore, for example), so I dunno if they have blood dishes.

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Forums > Food & Drink > Seeking clean restaurants in Yun Da area

I agree completely with the previous speaker. Go eat at Shípíng Shāokǎo a few times and you'll be immune to everything except cyanide:

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That said, you could always pay attention to the Food Safety Grades ratings. Though I have yet to find one single A-rated restaurant in all off Kunming, making me think it's mostly about bribes. (I've made a shortpost about this too, here: kunmingsshabbiest.blog.se/omfg-omfg/ )

Sure, I could maybe recommend some restaurants where I myself have never, to my experience, gotten laduzi or food poisoning. However, since I eat at Shípíng Shāokǎo and the Wenlin muslims, my stomach is probably iron-coated by now, so that might not be too useful advice for you.

Though...I have neverheard any laowai ever who claims to have gotten food posioned/laduzi'd by the canteens of Shida and Yunda, -despite- their food being buffets. Unfortunately these two both have rather horrible food, but at least it's cheap. However, In the dormitory area of Yunda, hidden inside a neighborhood directly east of the bustling food street running west-east from Yunda's east gate, is a great and unbelievably cheap restaurant (with an enormous meny, to boot) that few laowai seem to get sick from. It's called 东二something餐厅something, I'll review it on my blog shortly with more precise directions.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Flat or campus?

It depends totally on your budget. If you wanna live really really cheaply the dorms are okay (at least in Yunnan Normal University), and you'll really save an enormous amount of money - no other accomodation anywhere in Kunming will be even nearly as cheap. This is assuming you live in the chinese/asian dorms where you share a room with people, if Yunda has dorms intented for westerners they'll likely be horribly overpriced.

The other options are to either get a room in a flat, or a whole flat for yourself. Small flats are hard to come by in Kunming, so probably sharing an apartment with somebody or renting a room in somebody's apartment are more realistic options (unless you're rich). If you want a cheap, small flat for yourself you'll likely have to live in a shabby neighborhood far from the city center.

Come august, there'll be loads of room and apartment ads here on GoKunming, so finding a place won't be difficult, but most of the rooms/flats on this site are very expensive for what you get; a room in central Kunming really don't need to cost more than 6-800 yuan per month. So be careful with what you chose; it might be better to go here first (cheap hostels and dirt cheap shabby hotels are very easy to find) and then look for a room/an apartment.

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Forums > Food & Drink > Tibetan food in Kunming?

Makye Ame is not cheap, sure, but certainly not very expensive either. If you avoid the few most expensive dishes, a dinner in Makye Ame'll end up around 60-70 yuan per person, and much less if you don't eat meat. Not that bad for something tagged as 'fine dining'.

Makye Ame's yak meat in nepali spices is the single best dish I've ever had in Kunming, even after more than a year of actively exploring the restaurant scene. It's an absolute must, even now that the yaks in northern Yunnan are sick and eating yak meat might be risky.

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Where to find cheap tents?

Me and my friends need a couple of CHEAP tents for a mountain trip next week. Does anybody know where such tents could be lent, bought or rented? We will pass by Dali and Gaoshan in Nujiang on the way to our destination, so it would be possible to pick up tents in any of those places, + Kunming.

The tents would, of course, need to be water repellant, as we're going to hardcore mountains in northern Yunnan.

Thankful for any advice!

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Up the mountain from Baoxing temple, there are a couple of dusty, eerie and seemlingy abandoned temples that might be worthwile if you fancy climbing the steep stairs and aren't afraid of the monkeys that will harass you on the way. On the mountaintop is a temple I think was called Jiding si, which was mysteriously open when I got there, but without a soul to be seen. It's old, empty and not very interesting, but if you love temples like I do it's worth it because of the odd and ghostly mood.

We saw most of the area in a day without car or guide. Me and my sister joined some chinese hikers, set off by foot from Shaxi and trough a beautiful and peaceful dry valley with ancient rock carvings that eventually led to Shizhong temple. After this we walked along the concrete road to Baoxing temple, and then up the mountain to the abandoned ones. After that it was getting late and we were very hungry, not having had lunch, so we quickly walked down and continuted along the main road; here I assume we passed Haiyun temple but probably missed it because it was past closing time then. We got out trough the main gate and, finding ourselves much farther from Shaxi than we would have been at Shizhong temple, flagged down a passing bus to get back.

I've tried this recipe now, and I can definitely vouch for it. The taste was very savory and nice; I used the fish mint but not the sawtooth herb. However, it wasn't nearly as ultra-über-mega-spicy as I'm used to from the Dai restaurants in Kunming, and I'll have to experiment a bit so I can achieve that.

Hoping on a plane costs a lot of money and trouble, that's not something all of us can or want to afford. That being said, you have a point of course, most people don't leave Kunming that often, but even Kunming itself benefits from being in Yunnan, seeing as it has great weather and very nice surroundings; you can easily get a little bit of nature without even having to travel to another city, just get out in the mountains. In terms of amazing 'getting away'-opportunities, even if just for a day, Kunming has every other major chinese city beaten hands down, perhaps except Xining, Ürümqi and Lanzhou, and it seems to me few laowai wants to live in those three anyhow. For me, coming from a european city with extremely boring natural surroundings, this is a very big issue, as living in Kunming completely re-ignited a passion for the outdoors that I can never pursue in my hometown. (And then, sure, say Dali would be even better in this regard, but we're talking about major chinese cities only here).

I personally also think Kunming has a very nice cuisine, as I really enjoy yunnanese food, but I know the 'food in Kunming'-question is a sensitive issue on this site, so I'm not gonna push that one.

There is of course a MAJOR advantage of choosing Kunming over any eastern cities, and this advantage will remain no matter how polluted, congested, backwoods or whatever you might consider Kunming: Kunming is in -Yunnan-.

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The temple itself is interesting, but small; the surrounding exhibitions range from pointless and boring to rather fascinating, but you really need to know chinese or have somebody translating for you to get anything out of it. If you only have limited time in Kunming, skip it and head for the Bamboo Temple instead. Otherwise it's worth a visit.

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The coolest bar in Kunming! The ambience is bad, but the place is cozy, tons of room for dancing, and most importantly; the best clientele.

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The place itself is somewhat interesting, the hike there through the mountains is very nice and the views absolutely stunning.

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Though overpriced, the bread is good and the pizza not bad (though a bit small). However, this place score tons of points for the great and cozy atmosphere, it's absolutely worth repated visits.

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The temple itself is not very interesting, but the grounds are beautiful and the adjoining park (Admission fee: 5 yuan) makes for a pleasant stroll or picknick in a quaint and somewhat forgotten corner of Kunming. I don't know if people are ever allowed into the pagoda;if so, it would make for a grand view of the city, and be worth one extra star. Definitely worth a visit. Note that the temple compund and the park is connected via an underpass just behind the park's west gate.