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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Experience off the beaten track

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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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Experience off the beaten track

Also, it's easy to hitch hike or take a bus (even with a bicycle), so if you really run into a situation where you can't find accommodation, the road is horrible or whatever, go to the next place that is better suited to your needs.

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Experience off the beaten track

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!

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Work permit: Hong kong or Chiang Mai?

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.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Work permit: Hong kong or Chiang Mai?

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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Hi @kc430 I always have a few reusable bottles with me that fit in the bottle holders on my frame or I stick them under the bungee traps at the back. I try not to buy bottled water for the plastic waste but fill up whenever I can at restaurants etc. Next to that I have a UV water purifier so I can drink water from streams if need be, but this is hardly an issue in China since there are villages and towns everywhere where you can fill up.

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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.

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Interesting museum, with lots of displays explaining about the history of the Tea Horse Road. There are explanations in English. Well worth a visit to understand more of the history of Yunnan.

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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.

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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.

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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.