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Forums > Living in Kunming > Increased anti-foreigner sentiment?

some Africans in Guangzhou seem to be getting a hard time, being kicked out of their homes and not allowed into hotels or restaurants. www.cnn.com/[...] Hope the same doesn't happen here. Personally as a white European, I have not yet been turned away from anywhere because of my race, and people have generally been just as polite and welcoming (or not) as usual.

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Land borders open?

Are the land borders with Laos and Vietnam still open? Chinese cars used to be able to drive across the border into Laos, I guess that is now not possible, but does anybody know for sure?

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Visa Exit Question

the notice to foreigners I saw said that they may be more lenient than usual (usually they are not lenient at all - fines and even jail time are not unheard of) on people delayed in their exit by virus counter-measures. Depends what kind of visa you have, but you should try to get out asap if you cannot renew.

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it used to be that you were exempt from the entrance fee if you had a hotel/hostel booking within the 'old' town. Is that no longer the case?

Whilst I agree with lowering the entrance fee to something like 30-50rmb, I don't have much sympathy with the retailers/hostels/bars inside Lijiang, who have basically ruined a beautiful town with their blaring music, crap hand drumming, and IDENTICAL products for sale everywhere. Have some originality!

Alex and Alien - I think you have the 2014 attacks to thank for that - they built the subway planning to use the south entrance, then decided for security reasons to have everyone enter through the north side. I agree that it totally sucks, having to walk for what seems like miles with your bags around the outside of the station.

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a very pleasant park with a tall pagoda you can climb and take photos of the city if you wish. Roses in summer, blossom in spring, nice lawn to sit on, bbq areas.

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Recently the food seems to be better. Decent steak at a decent price, decent pizza, some decent wine, and the music is more suitable these days (Rammenstein wasn't the right mood music for Cantina)!

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Had lunch - grilled chicken on top of mashed cuttlefish and a salad. The chicken was tasty and well cooked, and there was plenty of meat/fish to fill up even a hungry person. The salad was overdressed and nothing special - I won't order one next time. The service is a decent imitation of what you might find in the west. A large menu of food and drink. A nice civilised place to go for food or drink, but some of the dishes (i.e. the steaks) are very pricey. You could easily spend 300rmb+ per person here. Equally, it is possible to have lunch for under 60rmb per person (as we did). Warning - the bottle of water on each table costs an eye watering 48rmb! Don't be a sucker by opening it!

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Went for a spot of lunch. Best pizza I've had in Kunming by some distance. In fact, one of the best pizzas I've ever had - quality ingredients, thin base, cooked to perfection. Sashimi salmon tasted very fresh and was well presented. The drinks are expensive, and one of the waiters was letting the side down by being a bit scruffy and impolite (hence not 5 stars), but definitely go and try the pizza.

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Pretty mediocre burgers accompanied by completely overcooked 'fries'/chips. Drafty, a bit smelly, and infested with mosquitos and noisy teenagers. Soup not bad but nothing special. Nothing French about the decor or atmosphere (there isn't any outdoor seating). Haven't tried the coffee. I hope it will close and be replaced by a decent bar or restaurant. A burger bar with the Moondog chef in the kitchen would be perfect, and with Brooklyn just a few metres away way would make a great little foreign food and drink scene!