I know it is not possible to (officially) exchange more than 500USD per day. However, would it be possible to show up at the Bank of China with, say, 1500USD cash, deposit it in my account and transfer the whole amount in one go? Looking at ways to avoid multiple trips to the bank.
FYI: I cycled for a week in a pretty remote corner of Yunnan, took a flight to Tengchong, flew out of Lincang, got through a few security checkpoints and checked into a few hotels in small towns. I got a few puzzled looks and sometimes someone had to consult a colleague,
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.
@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)
Love the outdoor seating area under the trees. Good food and drinks, good discounts on Wednesdays and Fridays, super friendly service, generally a nice vibe and I especially appreciate their efforts to cater to gluten free customers.
I am doing a four month tea course with Mabol Discover Cha. She is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about everything tea (especially Pu'erh) and I'm enjoying the weekly classes. If you want to learn more about Chinese culture this is a great way to do it.
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.