Tenwest Mandarin School

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  • RegisteredAugust 26, 2013
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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Bus 919B - Ma Jie to Airport

I used to go to both the airport and the east bus station by taxi often. The prices are no where near the same. It would be somewhere between 30-40 for the bus station and 80-100 depending on traffic for the airport. Like Alex said, these places are 18 km apart.

If you aren't short on time though, the cheapest way to get to the airport before 6pm is to take a public bus to the east bus station (like 22 or 29) for 1 to 2 RMB then take the line 6 subway from the east bus station to the airport for 5 RMB.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Teaching in Chenggong - Living by the main campus

You could also consider living near the subway line somewhere between Erji lu and New Asia Athletics such that you could get into either downtown or Chenggong within 30 minutes. At present, there is more activity (restaurants, shopping, etc) in this part of Kunming (southwestern Guandu district) compared with Chenggong. Guandu old town is not too far from this area either.

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Join-in-group tour

If you go with a Chinese-oriented group, the trip will be less expensive for certain but you will stop several times to buy silly nonsense not related for the destination. Also if you are not Chinese and try to go with these groups you will either not be allowed because of insurance issues (I've been told to go home once after booking with a group to stone forest) or you will get tons of potentially unwanted attention. If you like stopping several times on the way and being asked what country you're from, if you're married, and if you think your country is better than china, etc a dozen times per trip, then maybe Chinese-oriented tours are a good option

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > visa turnaround possible at vietnam border?

If you'll go through the hassle to go all the way down there why not just spend a night or two in laocai or sapa? There are yha hostels over in sapa and tourism in Vietnam for a day or two is similar to china price wise.

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I am happy to see the street cleared in the pic above, also looking forward to not dealing with that annoyance when I return next month. I do fear, however, this will lead to cars driving faster/less responsibly in this area.

Very interesting article, but the term 'Daic family' is misleading for discussing Austroasiatic.

Tai-Kadai is the language family which consists of languages spoken by several groups in this region including the Thai, Lao, Zhuang, Dai/Shan, and Shui among others.

Austroasiatic is the language family which consists of the languages spoken by the Vietnamese, Khmer, Wa, Mon and various other groups in SE Asia.

Some scholars propose that Tai-Kadai and Austroasiatic share a common ancestor language (Austric), but this is not commonly accepted. As I understand the research discussed in this article (not so thoroughly, I have to admit), this genetic work provides support that these peoples share common genetic ancestry.

I'm at the Hekou train station now. It's about 4-7km outside of town and nobody in town knows where it is except taxi drivers perhaps. For further inconvenience, it's not listed on baidu maps. The hotel I stayed at last night 河口国际公寓 has a ticket service and a shuttle bus. This hotel is right next to the border crossing.

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I really like this restaurant. The food is excellent, and the prices are pretty reasonable. The downside is that their rubing has become much more expensive than it was a year or two ago.

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The coffee deal is amazing here - 8 for the first cup, refills are 2. Recommend to coffee addicts who like outdoor seating

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Spent a nice quiet afternoon here. The wifi was fast and coffee was good. Like others said, it was closed for a bit so that is problematic - 4 stars.

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I haven't spent enough time in Dali to say this is the best in Dali. But it is very good. Would recommend to the weary traveler in need of western food.

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I finally made my way over to Slice of Heaven yesterday. The pizza is great here. I will definitely be returning in the near future.