Thanks all for the responses and information. @AlexKMG I plan on just getting the basic L category tourist visa that allows up to 90 day stay in china from the time it is issued. My stay is actually about 82 days so a little under 3 months. And my research is a type of post graduate work that is being help funded by an organization called the explorers club, so while it isn't natgeo, I defiantly have to make sure I get my work done. The majority of the research will be done in jinghong and the surrounding area, but I'm hoping it won't take longer than 30 days. I am aware that with that much time being spent there, is going to affect how I figure out the lodging situation. But your right a driver and a translator is something I'm really going to have to look into once I get here.
Awesome thanks so much for the advice. I can't believe I didn't even think about renting an apartment or room at a house, I was just thinking of doing hostels the whole time. So I take it from finding this site, that there's a pretty big community of westerners in kunming, I wasn't sure what to expect at first but am looking forward to meeting people.
Hi I will be coming to yunnan to travel and do research for 3 months. I am from the US and I plan on kunming being my base while I travel around the province. I was wondering if anyone could give me a ballpark range of what the cost will probably be to be here for this long. I was hoping to have a budget around 5 grand, do you think that's doable?
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