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Forums > Living in Kunming > The paradox of Chinese New Year

No, but the dates of our holidays are more clearly defined and they don't go on for a week until two weeks past an actual single event. Furthermore, most business close for one to two days (or maybe reduced hours) so when traveling we know that most businesses and services will be open available shortly after a holiday event.

I don't mean this to be a stab at Chinese culture, I just don't really understand leisure travel during this period. Plus, when getting a haircut, ordering a meal, or somehow interacting with local friends, I (obvious white-American) am asked if I'm going home (America?) for CNY just a week or so before the festivities begin.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > The paradox of Chinese New Year

If everything is closed and people are supposed to spend this period of time with their family members, does anyone have a theory (or the obvious answer) why so many Chinese (and expats, of course) vacation to other places (with or without family members) for this holiday? Shouldn't most businesses in these locales also be closed? Is it not perceived as a major hassle to make travel arrangements?

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Vietnam Money

I just did this a week ago. You can change money in hekou in banks or from money changers in convenience stores. However having USD is better (cheaper, easier to understand how much you're actually spending) for larger transactions such as paying for hotels. There are several ATM machines which let you withdraw dong also.

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > travelling form Yunnan to Myanmar

I went to Myanmar in June. I flew into yangon. It might be possible to cross by land with a tour group, but not alone unless you have a local hukou. There are some atms but most don't work. Still bring usd in good condition. You can exchange paper rmb for usd at bank of china.

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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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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.

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This is a good cafe. Better for tea than for coffee; but the coffee is acceptable. A real benefit of this place is its prime location on the Yunda campus. It's a convenient place to meet with students and faculty. The only downside is the slow speed of the internet.