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 :-)
Disclaimer: manager/chef/decorator Pat & Sarah are my friends. Apart from running a lovely and affordable guesthouse, they are also working insanely hard at serving delicious tacos and cocktails and more home-cooked goodness, organising community events at all hours (from craft markets to USA sports events to film nights to debates). The rooftop is a sunny roost where you can often find Kunmings finest chatting an afternoon or evening away. Thanks for creating this wonderful place Pat & Sarah! You're superstars.
During my last trip to Lijiang I joined Carol, the lovely Singaporean owner of Jayden Lodge, for a Kundalini yoga class. The traditional wooden and stone guesthouse and yoga studio are grouped around a small and quiet courtyard, right at the edge of Shuhe and the hills, so it's very quiet and peaceful. Carol and her husband and small son live here too so it's bit like a homestay. There are only a few spacious rooms for guests. Carol and her husband are excellent hosts, serving breakfast, coffee and tea in the courtyard. They also organize small group tours around Yunnan.
I went for an old ankle/foot injury that was playing up. The problem was thoroughly checked with ultrasound. I got a good diagnosis, advice regarding exercise and stretching and a plan for treatment, a combination of high-tech and TCM. It's not cheap but well worth it. Very friendly and great translation service too.
This is a special place! A bit hard to find since it's tucked away in an upper floor of a shopping mall, but well worth it for the amazing food. The focus is on quality, health and well-being and the extensive organic menu has something for everyone, including juices, good coffee, a lot of vegetarian and gluten free options. Nicole (one of the owners) is a wonderful host, she speaks English and is happy to talk about the philosophy behind the menu.