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  • RegisteredJuly 29, 2009
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Forums > Travel Yunnan > "Walking Marriages"

Unreliable journalism.
On the first page it says that the "nearest city is 6 hours drive away".
Hasn't this journalist ever heard of Lijiang? It most certainly qualifies as a "city". As do Xiaguan, Panzhihua, and Chuxiong, all of which are less than 6 hours drive.

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Extending not the visa itself but the stay...

I have a 10 year L visa good until 2026. It has multiple entries, but each entry is limited to just 60 days.

I could do a visa run at the 60-day mark, but given my itinerary that is inconvenient.

So I'm wondering if there is a way to get an extension to the 60 day stay?

I know there are tons of threads about visa extensions, but that's not what this is. The visa is good for 10 years, it doesn't need an extension. It's just the 60 day stay requirement I need an extension on.

Thanks.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Western-Trained, Profession Dentists in Kunming

I asked this same question when I moved to Kunming. For 6 years I went to Huiyang dentist. Then I got back to the US and the dentist there told me I had gum disease, caused by the my previous dentist not doing a thorough enough cleaning. Also, the fillings I had put in at Huiyang had to be removed and redone.

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Forums > Food & Drink > where to buy cardamon and garam masala?

Yunnan is the world's number one producer of black cardamon (草果). Specifically, Lüchun County in Honghe Prefecture is the main center of cardamon production. However, you can easily by it at any wet market in Kunming at the spice stalls.

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Airport metro line temporarily closed?

Does anyone know if the Airport metro line (the one that opened back in 2014 and just runs from the East Bus Station to the airport) is still running?
According to Baidu Maps, it is "暂停运营" (temporarily closed).

I guess not enough people were riding it to make it worth paying to operate (that is, until it actually connects from the East Bus Station to Jinbi Square).

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@Ishmael
The Chinese population isn't declining yet, but it will start declining soon.
This is common knowledge. Ask any Chinese demographer.
China is going the same way as Japan, Italy, Russia....
China is ticking demographic time bomb.
Soon, old people will outnumber young people by huge margins, and the traditional Chinese social system of the young caring for their elders financially will be overwhelmed.
The Chinese leaders realize this, and that is why they are now encouraging Chinese people to have more babies, like they do in Japan.
Unfortunately, young Chinese people just dont' want to have so many babies.
Yunnan is not a good example. The birthrate in Yunnan is much higher than in the coastal cities because of its heavy minority and rural populations.

Young Chinese people in the coastal cities view having children as a huge financial burden.

I'm just curious what the expect all those additional passengers to do in Kunming. Kunming is not exactly full of interesting things for tourists to do and its hard to see that changing in the next few years.

The interesting stuff is elsewhere in the province, and the provincial airports in those regions are already expanding themselves, with more and more direct flights to bigger cities in China bypassing Kunming altogether (e.g. Wenshan to Guangzhou, Lijiang to Chengdu, Tengchong to Beijing, Zhaotong to Chongqing).

Especially as the Chinese population begins to decline, foreign tourist arrivals continue to decline (as they already have started doing), the national high speed rail network continues to expand, and the national airspace gets more and more crowded, one would expect overall air traffic to decline, not rise.

China's airspace is already maxed out to capacity, and significantly strained by military drills which often force civilian flights to divert from their normal flight paths. China's domestic flights are already some of the most delayed in the world. Expanding the airports on the ground does nothing to solve the problem of congested air space.

@bilingualexpat
Really? Mandatory swim classes for ALL high school students in Yunnan?
I don't think that's really a priority.

And where are they supposed to take these classes? What high school in Yunnan has its own swimming pool?

If they want to protect the waters of China, they should target the factories dumping waste in waterways and farmers using dangerous chemical pesticides.

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This is a really nice new restaurant in Dali. High quality vegetarian and vegan food, varied menu, daily specials. They make their own kombucha, too. The environment is very chill...multiple layers, floor seating, an outdoor courtyard and terrace balcony overlooking the the roofs of the neighbors in old Dali

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Serendipity is an honest-to-gosh American style diner, a concept I don't think I've ever really seen before in China.

They do salads, burgers, and pasta dishes, but the true stars of the menu are the breakfasts, which are served all day.

No measly hostel breakfast sets, these ones come with heaping servings of bacon and eggs and bottomless coffee.

No table seating. Everyone sits around the counter, where you can see what's going on in the kitchen and chat with the friendly staff.

The fresh donuts are the best I've had in China

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The 68 kuai Saturday night all-you-can-eat buffet is a terrific deal.

Steak, pork loin, chicken schnitzel, pizza, two kinds of salad, creme de caramel, cheesecake, and lots of other stuff.

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Recently experienced both very early morning departure and very late night arrival at Changshui. Was worried about making the connection to and from the airport, but both turned out well.

First, the departure. It was 7:30 am. I arranged a taxi to pick me up at 5:00. That he did. Cost: 100 yuan.

The departure was scheduled for 12:30 am, was delayed, and didn't get in until 2:30 am. I was sure I'd have to find a black cab, and wasn't even sure if I would find that. Instead, I was delighted to discover that the Airport Express Bus was still running! For 25 yuan it took me to the train station, where I then caught a cab for the short ride the rest of the way home. I was very impressed by this late night bus. I'd thought the buses only ran till around 11 pm-midnight. I don't know if this is a regular occurrence or not. Maybe, knowing my flight was delayed and there would be hundreds of passengers looking for a ride home, the airport dispatched an extra bus. If so, kudos to whoever was responsible!

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60 yuan for a pint of Guinness is very expensive. Fortunately, the Belgian beers on tap for 35 (I think?) are a good deal, as is the Fish n Chips with a pint of Carlsberg for 50.