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Forums > Living in Kunming > Anyone able to contact US Consulate / Guangzhou?

@duke
They should respond shortly. Don't forget the Beijing embassy also has an emergency hotline. They will NOT intervene in local laws - simply because they usually can not - especially here - but they can provide guidance and counseling on potential options.

Transiting through the USA back to the EU or UK - definitely NOT something you want to do right now, if possible.

These are special times - so the PSB may route you to country of preference - as long as you have a valid passport.

Best wishes and bon voyage.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Anyone able to contact US Consulate / Guangzhou?

@duke
Try it again - sometimes the ISP (Internet Service Provider) just can't get to the site.

The US Embassy China and consulates are all attached to a .org.cn domain name - so the sites aren't picked up the the Great Firewall, unless they violate local Chinese internet laws.

I connected to the website without any problems.

WEBSITE
china.usembassy-china.org.cn/embassy-consulates/guangzhou/

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR US CITIZENS
Telephone:
+86 20 3814-5775, within China
Email: [email protected]

The consulates and embassies are ALL supposed to maintain a 7/24 telecom presence, but because of COVID - they may be running reduced services (your tax dollars at work). If you can't connect to Guangzhou - call the main embassy in Beijing.

Finally - there's a "US Citizens in Yunnan" WeChat group - which used to be operated by the Chengdu consulate and is sort of moderated by Kunming denizens with some sparse moderation by the US Consulate Guangzhou.

FOLLOW-UP ACTIONS
Kunming has a volunteer consulate deputy. The Guangzhou consulate and the US Embassy MAY want to add their information to the gokm listings section as a US citizen courtesy.

Other foreign nationals may also wish to add their consulate and embassy information to the gokm listings section also.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Kunming Golf Driving Ranges

I quit playing decades ago - but I still enjoy hitting balls at the practice ranges. It's kind of zen.

As for green fees aka course prices - ¥300-400 for 18 holes is actually inexpensive compared to western green fees - which were over double that amount over 20 years ago...in the USA.

But golf courses are environmentally hideous. They pour fertilizer and insecticide cocktails on the courses to maintain the green look - which then leeches into the ground water and eventually our drinking water.

Many golf courses today are migrating towards environmentally sustainable practices - such as organic fertilizers and insecticides, planting bug-repellent shrubs, bushes, and ground covers, etc - but these practices are expensive and drive up the costs of course fees.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Kunming Golf Driving Ranges

I thought I'd start a thread on golf driving ranges - locations, costs, etc.

Right now I know of two, one at Kunming Sports Stadium in Xishan and the other (I think) at Tuodong Sports Stadium in Panlong.

Not sure about the fees, cost per bucket of balls, and membership dues if any.

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I was surprised to see the attempted severance of ties - truly a slap in the face, so glad to see common sense has returned - although this kind of behavior perhaps is regrettably indicative of a dark undercurrent within Australian society.

It's exceedingly rare that burning incense would spark any kind of fire - however the habit of burning paper money aka ghost money (and related accessories for the deceased, ghost clothes, ghost houses, ghost cars, ghost mobile phones etc ad infinitum) - now THAT has an exceedingly high probability of starting fires. And then there's the fireworks...

Nice - just popped over to the site - and also logged in with my gokm userid - so that was nice (not having to re-register).

The summary of scenic sites in gallery format is a nice touch. Vivid.

And the Do's and Don'ts section was nice to read as a reminder, but I expected more information on how to be a desirable tourist from the local perspective (aside from buying lots of souvenirs and pictures etc).

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Met a friend after dinner for drinks and chat up on the rooftop patio/bar. Music was a little loud for us - but was surprised at this jewel of a bar. What a nice comfortable place.

I was told the hostel only charges cny40 a night for a shared room bunk bed - can't beat that.

Truly a gem for travelers on a budget and the rooftop bar has a beautiful and memorable sunset view (see the pictures).

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Stopped by last night for dinner on the small patio and to pick up a couple of their apple pies. Always attentive and courteous staff and good solid food. Don't forget to check out their freezers for frozen foods like chicken and beef pot pies, pizzas, quiches, cakes etc.

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This cafe is actually in the Yunda Green Lake campus and connected to the French Language school operated by Alliance Francais or the French Alliance.

It's mentioned elsewhere that pastries are provided by A Table down the street on Beimen Jie.

Aside from the no-smoking ban (since it's on-campus in Yunda) - it's a nice, quiet, smoke free and pleasant environment to rest, read, and relax for bit - if you happen to be on-campus and can't find a place to sit.

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I found Beijing Yingke through their ad on the gokunming website.

I recently used Beijing Yingke to take care of a rather complicated real estate transaction. After finally gathering all the required documents as specified - we actually managed to successfully complete the entire process in a single visit with no requirements for "additional documents" or "extra procedures".

Astonishing.

The attorneys were polite, tolerant of infinitely many questions, professional, courteous, and most of all - professional and competent.
The law firms fees were an acceptable increment above local fees, to account for the multi-lingual requirements.

Most importantly - the requested transaction was completed on the first pass with no additional documentation or procedures - which is a stunning accomplishment and nod towards Beijing Yingke's professional knowledge in this sector.

Five Star rating - highly recommend.

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Finally got around to using Salvador's delivery service - tried it out on the chicken burrito and their bag of nacho chips. Delivery was flawless despite being a bit out of area (≥4km) and the food was still warm.

First experience - excellent (5 stars).

Excellent as always - even with long distance delivery. Now if only the online menu was expanded a little (like the chicken strips...hint hint hint...nudge nudge...wink wink).