I think I might have been the person who gave dani_om her information- I have been living in Kunming for almost 4 years, and for the past 3, I have been able to go to a money exchange place (not a bank, but a booth like the one that used to be on WenHuaXiang across from YunDaBingGuan) and exchange RMB into USD. Then, I could take it to the Post Office on LongXiangJie and, using Western Union send up to 1000 US for only a 15 USD fee, and up to 5000 USD for only a 20 USD fee. I had to send the money to a person in the States, and they'd deposit in my account for me. It was a few more steps, but much cheaper and less restrictive than doing it through a bank.
However, seemingly in conjunction with a recent gubment change (poor spelling intentional), both of the money exchange booths that we normally used have shut down, and whenever we go to Western Union, they tell us they are unable to do money transfers at this time. Also, recently when I was in Hong Qiao Airport in Shanghai, all of the money exchange booths were closed there as well (and it was a normal Monday). So, my understanding was not that you couldn't send money home through a bank, but that you could not exchange money at other money exchange places or use Western Union.
Although the previous posts are quite old, I followed the posters advice and called Rezvan at the Toni and Guy in the Gingko department store on Beijing Lu- she did a wonderful job! I will be going to her from now on.
I was just wondering if anyone has very recently (ie; in the past 3 months) gone to HK to switch from a tourist visa to a Z visa?
I have heard rumors that the process has changed, or that it might not even be possible to do this kind of change in Hong Kong anymore (that they will tell you to go to the consulate in your home country).
I know that there are old forum posts about this topic, but I want to know if anyone knows the current situation?
Also, if you have gone recently- can you tell me if the Rush Service is still available?
Thanks for the Skype advice- I use it often for casual calls home, etc. However, I really want to know about an international calling code I can use with my cell phone- it is not always convenient for me to access the internet, and even when I can, we all know that the internet here isn't always the most reliable. I would prefer the convenience of just calling using my phone.
I'm very surprised at the last reviewer's comments, because I've lived in Kunming for more than seven years, and have eaten at Salvador's at least once a week for most of my time here, and I'm pretty sure it's one of the few places in town I can count on NOT to make me sick! The food is consistently good-especially the new tacos, and the service is wonderful. The newly expanded space is lovely and open, as well. I'll certainly continue to make it my home away from home!
The brunch that Sandra is hosting there is wonderful! We tried the carmelized onion burger and the avocado chicken wrap- both delicious. We had excellent, fast service as well. The rooftop is looking great these days, too. Very good place for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
We live very near Wenlin Jie, and last week we ordered food from the Irish Pub in the north. We paid a small fee to order outside of our zone, but it was well worth it- the food arrived in under an hour, and it was still hot! The delivery driver was very friendly as well. Definitely happy to have this service back!!