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.
Lovely courtyard restaurant in the center of Green Lake park. A great place for a western meal or some chill cocktails with friends. Friendly staff and an amazingly well stocked bar. They also have a great brunch special on most weekends. It's Kunming's hidden gem!
Booked a decent room and got upgraded for free to a suite on the club floor. Room had an amazing bathtub with a view of the whole city, plus a sitting room and a separate bedroom with nice views as well. I'd say the service and décor in general were just ok, but the free cocktail hour and buffet breakfast that were included made it an above average experience.
One of the best weekend getaways I've had in a very long time. Wonderful, kind owners, gorgeous surroundings, and awesome bread and pizza. There's also a well stocked bar. It's just a lovely, chill place for anyone that's looking for a quick escape from the city. I'd recommend calling ahead to book if you plan on staying overnight or want to make special arrangements for food.
I've always been a fan, but the new menu is especially exciting. Tried the pulled pork pizza and the burger last night- yum! Happy that there are more varied options now. Can't wait to try the 4 cheese pasta next-looks AMAZING!