well that's how they promote. they may have had a flight at 203 kuai, but of course that will be immediately be booked within an hour of announcement (same in Chengdu when they started out). So nothing unusual here. Also pay attention to the booking conditions (check if date change, cancelation, name change are possible).
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I can tell you for Chengdu, which usually has more cultural events than Kunming (although Kunming is catching up now). Even IF/WHEN you contact the venues (regularly) they don't sent in their stuff most of the time. It sucks, because you have to push them to promote themselves, basically begging them to make more people to know and come (and eventually gain reputation & increase business). I can assure that is a lot of annoying unsatisfying work.
But a lot of times there is no information available at all, especially events that are not primarily commercial like the one in question. Because then the venue and everyone is already paid, and they don't necessarily want a lot of people, just give face. And then you read about it the next day in the newspaper, and be like wtf how come I haven't heard about it?
Try finding a Chinese event calendar that covers all kind of events in Kunming (live rock, theatre, exhibition, dining, sport, etc.). Probably the only site that has more events listed would be douban (in Chinese), but that's about it.
You had the change to submit this event, as did anyone including the event promoters. Events, even bigger event with famous people have outside 1st tier city usually have shitty promotion, that is hardly the site's fault, but the event promoters'. Blame them.
Creating a portal that only means work and no money? Unless it's motivated by some political or religious doctrine it will not work.
I could think of several options.
There are sleeper buses (i saw some RMB70-120 from beimenzhan 19-23hours!, but there should be more sleeper buses leaving from other stations).
use baidu.com/ zhidao.baidu.com search "成都到昆明大巴" for example
But you could also try to first make it to Panzihua halfway and from there check more options.
You could've sent your bikes by train (RMB70) 2-3 days earlier and then ride back South.
Flying doesn't have to be expensive (especially the very day of Spring Festival the 22nd has many cheap flights)
I see return flights for RMB400 and less (plus tax) till the 25th of Jan. and starting from February 1st
Hitchhiking is another option, and for foreigner it's easy
And ride sharing is getting more and more popular, but there are too many Chinese sites to list, so alternatively you could also post a classified on gochengdoo.com
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since somebody mentioned the Vietnamese spring roll. I was tempted, but put off by the price 25 RMB for one! Next day I went down the local market and got 8 delicious fresh rolls for 3.5. Can't beat that!
Still the best street cafe on Wenlinjie. Some dishes are superb, most dishes nice to average, the only dishes that break that consistency are the so la la soups. Good hot and cold drinks and some nice authentic French menu items you can't find anywhere else in town make it an outstanding place. I would give it five out of five it they wouldn't have doubled the prices in the the last years and kicked out that PC to check your mail. But the price hike is also due the increasing rent and commercialisation of the whole uni-area. Still I love to hang out outside and drink my hot chocolate everytime I'm in KMG. Keep up the good work and think about franchising in other cities further north:)
Not a big place, but they managed to transform the lack of space into a comfy coziness. Music is ok, as is the drink menu, and the staff. One of the few places to use the internet for free for those you don't walk around and sleep with their laptop.
As far as I remember this used to be a good place for pizza, but shidai bian le. Service is slow, pizza is ok-average, but nothing great, nor is the music, deco. Their tortellini are ridiculously expensive, and the portion so small, that they agreed not to charge for it. The fresh orange juice is the only deal I can recommend. 10 Yuan.
First it took the taxi driver quite a while to drive around as it's hidden in a side street off Beimen Jie. But the location isn't bad: 10 min walk off the lazy hang-outs on Wenlinjie (with a short cut through the east gate of Yunnan Uni). As often in China it took the staff half hour to check us in, with requesting our passports again at night and again after the check-in. Yes they have hot water, but you have to wait very long (up to 30 min at night!!!) and waste a lot of water in the meanwhile, which I specifically mention out cause they jump on the bandwagon of being green at least according to the Chinglish stickers in the bathroom. Staff wasn't very helpful when I asked them about the hot water prob, they were too lazy to get up or even reply, let alone that all the Q&A would be in Chinese, as they don't speak a word of any other language and don't bother. At first glance the rooms are clean, but next day there was a huge cockroach surfing on the wet bathroom floor. Rooms are tiny and remind you of bad days in Chungking Mansion in Hongkong. Really tiny (you can hardly move around in the half meter space between the wall and the bed), and the doubles are even smaller than the twins. All rooms have half transparent bathroom windows, which in terms of twins is a quite perverse idea. The rooms have no AC, but big flat-screen TVs, telephone and internet access. When you lift the curtains your view is limited by a fat white wall, and no it isn't the "Great" wall. The mattresses are really hard, too hard for me. I managed to break two new little shower parts just by turning it on and off, and one glass busted when filled with hot water. Also the ventilation in the bathroom doesn't really work, so in a couple of months it will be really moldy.
Other than that the hotel has no other whatsoever facilities, and no maps or other free info to help you getting around KMG. As even the lobby can only have 2 people seated at the same time it makes it really just a place for sleep, the shit/shower&shave and leave asap. I give it one star, because you feel like staying in a prison, there are better options for less money and for a bit more you get a room in real hotel like the Home Inn. Don't stay here unless every single room in Kunming is booked out and you happen to hold the Guinness world record for being the smallest person on the planet.