Yeah around 珥季路 isn't a bad area, Century town, some beautiful apartments, a nice park. Huge mall with carrefour starbucks burger king etc, close to the new Luosiwan as well, so great for shopping. it's about half hour by subway to Cuihu.
I'd say if you're working around there it's a very good place to live
1 day in yuanyang is definitely enough. it's turned into a nasty tourist trap though, for equally impressive terraces and no tourists try finding a bus to jia'yi, should be an hour to 90 minute ride from honghe town.
west yunnan has many anonymous towns that u can just do short bus trips to from ... ximeng, for example. or go north/north west from meng hai in xishuangbanna