Hi Spartans, if you got the yellow receipt from the Entry and Exit bureau you can travel within China. Trains, planes, hotels is all ok. Still it's a good idea to have photo of your passport on your phone and maybe ask a Chinese friend to write a short note to explain what it is if you go to more remote areas. I traveled with the yellow receipt over Spring Festival and had no issues, except that it is printed on really poor quality paper and starts to fall apart and smudge very easily if you keep it folded in your wallet.
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- RegisteredMay 8, 2017
- RegisteredMay 8, 2017
@tiger a nice little trip to start from Kunming: cycle via Bamboo temple to Fumin (visit Lion Mountain?), then continue following the Tanglang river via Qinglongzhen to Anning and back to KM (the last bit is not so nice, the busy road on the west side of Dianchi). Fairly easy three days, some beautiful scenery and close to home. Have fun :-)
@tiger the distance really depends on elevation, usually I plan for 60km to be on the safe side, and if I do more I can earn rest days. My last trip I did almost 100km a day with lots of climbing, so I ended up spending a rest day in Mangshi (lovely) and a day in Lincang (not really recommended, it's super boring)
Trucker hotels are fine, I sleep with ear plugs so I never hear the working girls knocking on my door, and I always unplug the phone before I go to sleep. The rate is usually under 100 kuai, the cheapest I've found was 50 kuai. Some rooms are less well maintained and can smell badly of smoke, but usually the bed is comfortable with clean sheets and the shower hot, and that's all I need really. I always put the bike inside the room.
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Lovely cafe. Big conservatory style windows with greenery instead of traffic outside, no noise and a nice cat. All in all a peaceful atmosphere and a good place to work or have a chat with a friend. They serve very good coffee (roasted on site) and tea. Didn't try the food.
I ended up at ER and later in a private room at the cardio department with quite scary symptoms. My friend who speaks fluent Mandarin was with me when we checked into the ER which was great as I don't speak Chinese very well. They were very quick to test and remedy the immediate symptoms and kept monitoring me throughout. I felt safe and well looked after. A day later I had an English speaking cardiologist who kept me well updated on what was going to happen next with regards to tests and results. The nurses were also very helpful and kind. I got thoroughly tested and got a sound diagnosis. The toilets are pretty disgusting (no paper, no soap, not clean) so I was happy to have my own clean bathroom once I moved to the private room. Friends and family have to bring food and sundries and help with washing etc as the hospital doesn't provide this.
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!