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Forums > Living in Kunming > Transferring cash out of China

Don't waste your time with other banks. Bank of China is the best way to get money out. You will need a bunch of documents, but they will let you transfer up to the full value of the pay that you have received in China and paid tax on.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Any non-smoking restaurants?

I went to a vegetarian sichuan style restaurant the other night that I was surprised to find was non-smoking. Can't remember the location, but it might be common around vegetarian restaurants.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > getting UK documents legalised

I couldn't figure it for NZ and ended up flying back to hand things in at the embassy myself. For my Australian documents I managed to find a lawyer who offered legalisation as a service. Both options were expensive, slow and problematic, but I think sending things down to a local lawyer will be my choice in the future if I don't have a friend to do it for me.

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Successful Z-visa run to HK?

I just did a Z visa run to HK and had no problems. Australian passport which cost HKD 1520 for next day service.

Just make sure you have all the photocopies you need before you go, or take a working Octopus card to pay for the copy machine. It was a little embarrassing and frustrating standing in line watching foreigner after foreigner get to the front and then delay the process trying to beg an Octopus card off the people around them.

As mentioned in other posts, make sure you have HK registered as your consulate of choice on the paperwork or you won't be accepted. They guys at the foreign experts office here were nervous about rejections and didn't really know the consulate's policies, but listed HK "at my own risk" and it worked out fine.

Visa Fee: 310
Visa Rush Fee: 310
Service Fee: 240
Service Rush Fee: 660

Address was 20/F Capital Centre, 151 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, HK. Don't bother going to the address listed on the consulate's website.

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While I am on the topic of calendars, a schedule of minority festivals around the province would be awesome too.

All looks good.. Have always thought that the calendar would be well served by an "add this event" or "subscribe" button that would allow users to add events to their personal calendars with a click or subscribe to events at their favourite venues.

Awesome article. Thanks Matthew and GoKunming for getting this out early so that people can plan to get down to experience this.

Has GoKunming ever looked at creating a festivals Wiki page or something with a list of all these random things that happen around the province. It seems impossible to stay informed of these until it is too late. Might be easier to accomplish it it was community driven.

Also, those maps are fantastic. What program was used to make them??

Motor boats aren't allowed on the lake, with the exception of safety craft operated by the local government. All the fishing vessels you see are powered the old fashioned way.

As for the road, at the moment you can take the Kunyu highway about half the way and then have to turn off onto smaller roads. Wouldn't be so difficult driving if their weren't so many trucks on the road which struggle with the hills and some of the bumpier sections. Once you get to the lake however, it is pretty smooth driving, and a really easy connection from Yuxi City (still involves a few painful sections though). Normally takes about 45 mins to reach the lake from downtown Kunming.

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Awesome little bakery. Lots of interesting food. For every Australian out there, the meat pies smelled great, though they weren't ready for eating when I went in. Will definitely be back for those soon.

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Word. Sandra's rocks. Y'all have amazing food. The table out the front is the best!!!