User profile: veravdn
- RegisteredMay 8, 2017
- RegisteredMay 8, 2017
Hi Tiger, I'm just back from a week cycling between Tengchong and Lincang and have cycled on other corners of Yunnan as well.
There are hotels in almost every small town (even during Spring Festival I had no problem finding accommodation). If they can't register you they will take you to the police station, always very friendly and only a minor hassle. I carried a tent and camped one night, but more because I like than because I had to for lack of accommodation. If you want to be sure you can look at Amap or Ctrip and book ahead or put pins on some hotels once you know which town will be your destination for the day, it will save you time looking when you roll into town at the end of the day.
The roads are generally very good: I especially love the Chinese gradients, meaning you never have to push your bicycle uphill. The only exception being if you run into roadworks, which can be quite bad (muddy or dusty) and can be for pretty long distances so ruin a day or two. I would opt to jump on a bus if that were the case, and continue after the road works. But you certainly don't need mountain bike tires or suspension to cycle comfortably in Yunnan. Roads can be bad for cars and still very good for cycling as you can swerve around potholes easily.
Yunnan is perfect for bike travel, enjoy!
Got the work visa! You can no longer directly go to the consulate, you have to go via Visa for China: bio.visaforchina.org/HKG2_EN/ , but it's much the same and they are close to the consulate, on 151 Gloucester road. They're difficult about passport pics and rejected most of the China-proof ones I had taken at the entry and exit bureau here. Also a bit random about how many copies you need of everything: I had two of everything but they only took one, my friend had one copy of everything and they needed two. I guess they want to make money from the photo booth and the copy machine. No news yet about for how much longer you can pick up work visa in Hongkong.
Update: the HR bureau was already warning that as of next year you can only get the work visa in your home country, and no longer in Hongkong.
Now, when you try to make an appointment with the visa office in Hongkong (as required) it is not possible book a date in January: bio.visaforchina.org/#/nav/appointmentForm?use_type=center
I'm going there on Monday to pick up my visa, will let you know how it goes.
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I thought this was the most authentic and historic part of my visit to Lijiang. It was also really quiet and peaceful. I was staying in Shuhe so it was only a short bicycle ride away from my guesthouse. Together with a wander around a Baisha it makes for a beautiful and peaceful escape from busy Lijiang.
I have only heard stories about the 'old' Hump, but the new Hump is amazing! Beautiful clean, new and spacious dorms in a historical building that is really well-restored. The location and the views from the rooftop terrace are great, so even if you are a Kunming resident and not staying in the hostel it's good place to visit for a drink or something to eat.
Wonders of Yunnan is staffed by highly professional, friendly and knowledgeable international staff. They are passionate about travel in Yunnan and the rest of China and do everything possible to create the best experience. They understand their customers and communicate really well. I can highly recommend them!
Very happy to find such a beautifully designed and well-curated gallery in Kunming. Apart from wide-ranging exhibitions (international and domestic, historical and contemporary, photography, architecture, contemporary art) there is a diverse programme of lectures, music performance etc.
I have been twice to the Dynamic Yunnan show, with friends and family, and for people who haven't been to China before: it's a beautiful and mesmerizing introduction to the rich minority culture of Yunnan.