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Forums > Living in Kunming > Bringing books into China.

I am aware that books can be confiscated over land from Tibet but I was wondering if there was any problem bringing books into China by flight [from India]. Nothing too radical but books that certainly wouldn't be allowed to enter Tibet. Any help would be great

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Travel Practicalities in Myanmar

I browsed through the comments about Myanmar visas and entry points but there's a lack of info about actual costs and availability of hostels etc. Lonely planet says $60 per night...a joke? There are no/little hostels on websites so where do people stay? Is it easy to rock up in any place and get a cheap room or dorm? I was planning to go for 3 weeks to a month but want a proper budget trip. Is 200-300 RMB/day totally unrealistic?

Are ATMs available, how available? Does the 'bring all your money in U.S crisp dollars' rule still apply?

One final thing. I was planning on flying in to Yangon and then seeing the country before leaving over a Thai border. Online it appears you can but has anyone done this recently?
I called the consulate in KM. They told me it should be fine but they also told me it would be fine to cross the Bangladesh border, which is mined and definitely closed to foreigners. Reliable!

Thanks for any info

Forums > Living in Kunming > blind Er Hu busker with wife with no arms

There is a great erhu player that plays most evenings at Cuihu, normally around the south gate but I've seen him at different parts of cuihu. He usually plays with an awful backing CD but he is seriously good. He's often there around 8-9. Certainly has no maffia connections .. haha


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Visited yesterday. The atmosphere was a little frosty towards foreigners after covid. But still some lovely people there. Sadly the figures guarding the monk's tomb were stolen two years ago. One of the tombs was prised open so I presume both were looted. It's the furthest site to walk to from the town as well so maybe not worth it :(

I have no problem with cutting back the trees for better growth but the trees on my street and many in Wuhua are now being dug up (roots cut off i.e killed) and bags of earth left for the tree that will replace it. These are tree that have new shoots. Seems very illogical and money/time-wasting. Surely either a big mistake in management or someone is making a big profit on the new trees at the people's expense

I am no expert on plants and trees but it's fairly common that things die in winter and magically grow back in spring. I was very surprised to see the extent of the cutting back of the trees. But now all is clear.

Today i saw some of the remaining trees in the centre being not only cut back, but then uprooted and taken away. The irony is that they spent such a long time messing round with the trees after the winter and now Spring has arrived most remaining trees are sprouting new shoots. By Summer they'd be fine.

However when someone sees an opportunity to waste funds and fill their own pockets contracts for new trees are drawn up quickly.

Maybe I'm jumping to conclusions but I see no other reason why this is being done.

1 - normal bus journey
2 - normal bus journey+unnecessary air-con
3 - normal bus journey+unnecessary air-con+unnecessary Wi-fi

No real difference to most foreigners/well-off Chinese but the average worker really gets screwed.

Year of the Monkey

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I've never met a Chinese person who knows the 'animal race' story. Is it just a Western reinterpretation of the story? If not., why do very few Chinese people know it?


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