I've noticed lots of "beautifying" projects in Kunming, plus a significant increase in traffic cops - mostly enforcing traffic lights for e-bikes.
Is somebody important coming to visit Kunming soon or is this a continuation of Kunming's drive to accomplish the "Cultured City" award?
There are two places you'll need to use your passport.
1. At the parking entrance (back of the compound) - where the security guards have you sign in.
2. Inside the health check building. You'll have to do the health check QR code thing to register first, before they'll see you. I needed the staff to help me through the QR code registration - so you MAY want to do that before you go. That way when they check again - it may already register you with the huge checkmark screen.
Second time I went, roughly a week later, to pick up the results - guards just waived me through after I signed in and showed them my passport again. The place is probably so under-utilized right now they probably remembered me from the week previously.
Aside from never really knowing which floor or room to go to - I managed to stumble my way through all the tests - but seriously out of order. If one exam room was busy - I'd just move on to the next check on the same floor (jump the queue) and come back to a previous test before I descend/ascend floors.
The staff will also have help you jump queues if you poke your head in and they're not busy. Get things done faster...
I was there a few weeks (?) ago to renew my visa. You MUST bring your original passport.
If your passport is in the process of being renewed - you'll can try the passport copy with the embassy/consulate receipt - but your embassy/consulate is "supposed" to return your passport immediately after you apply for a renewal...but you should expect to be rejected, but never hurts to try...
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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).
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.
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.
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".
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.
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).