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Forums > Living in Kunming > Shilin (Stone Forest)

When I went to the Stone Forest, I took a private minivan (mian bao che) and it cost 300 for the whole day.

It's best if some hostel or someone can give you the number of a driver to arrange in advance. I knew of a place where one is sometimes sitting, so I just went there, but that's somewhat risky.

Unfortunately, I do not have a number to give you, but many foreigners who have been here for a while have one they call.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > No Visa for Vietnam??

I think that only works for Chinese people and maybe only in border regions. I could be wrong, but I have been there several times and have always needed an actual visa (fairly easy to get and straightforward. Just need a few days and 350RMB, I think).

Forums > Living in Kunming > Teaching at YUFE this Semester: Suggestions? Help or Advice.


I have taught at YUFE for the past two semesters (won't be there next semester, fact, you might be living in my apartment...but anyway).

I think what you can do to be most prepared for teaching at YUFE and general life in China is to come with an open mind and no expectations. I have seen several other questions you have posted on here about various things. I'm sure you're very curious about what life will be like here. It certainly is different. No matter how much people tell you, though, and no matter how much you think you know what to expect or what it will be like, you will be wrong. Everyone has different experiences even at the same school depending on what classes they are teaching, their personalities, etc. I'm sure some days you will love life here and some days you will hate it. But that's probably true with any job, even in the States. Just expect an adventure. Expect every day to be different. Expect things to often not follow logic. Expect the unexpected and just generally be flexible and you will come out of your time here having had a very interesting (good, bad, weird, etc...) experience.


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I want to know the number of western waiguoren registered in the city. It would be interesting to compare that to other minorities!



The atmosphere is quite nice, modern, and clean. Of course, it's also great fun to watch your food being cooked teppanyaki style. The service is also quite good. The last time I went I kept trying to pour myself Coke from the bottle we had purchased and the waitress kept running over to pour it for me. I also had a huge dinner party with 26 people and the staff was quite helpful with reservations, etc.

Now on to the food. It's incredible! It's obvious that the meat is of a much higher quality than other places around here as it's tender and flavorful. Everything I have ever had here has been great. I especially like the terriyaki beef with wasabi in the dipping sauce and the sticky rice stuffed lotus.

**Update: I am also sad about the new menu which raised prices drastically and got rid of some of the foreign-favorite dishes. :( Sometimes they will still make them if you ask, sometimes not. Beer battered apple rings, where are you???


The atmosphere at Chicago Coffee is amazing. It is obvious that a lot of time and hard work was put into it. You might think you're at a coffee shop back in the states. The colors are great and the place just feels relaxing. Due to a high ceiling, it also seems much more spacious than the places around Wenlin Jie. There is also a fireplace (fake), but still radiates heat. Curl up with a magazine (they have a pretty good collection...Sports Illustrated, Time, National Geographic, etc.) or a book from the book shelf and you might never leave!

As far as the coffee, it's usually great! A tad on the expensive side, but worth it. It's roasted on site, so I hear. They also had some imported sodas (Dr. Pepper, Cherry Coke, etc.).

As for the food, the deep dish pizza has been around for a while (the place is called CHICAGO coffee, after all!), and it's pretty good and reasonably priced (30ish depending on what toppings). They also now have a Tortilla bar, which can do wraps, tacos, burritos, and fajitas. They're pretty tasty and also reasonably priced (14-16RMB). They also have soup of the day. The espresso brownies are to die for!


In full disclosure, I'm an employee of this company....just providing some more information!

Danyun Fair Trade Development Co., a Danish company founded in 1996, promotes Fair Trade by partnering with communities and companies in Yunnan to use business as a tool for social change and economic development. The company markets and exports handicrafts and tea under the trademark Threads of Yunnan, and has been a member of WFTO (formerly IFAT) since 2001.

云南丹云商桥贸易有限公司,是一家成立于1996年的丹麦独资公司,多年来,公司一直致力于在云南开展各种合作项目来推广公平贸易,通过商业运作推动社会性事业和贫困地区的经济发展丹云于2001年成为国际公平贸易联盟会员,目前,公司以 "彩线云南"的商标品牌销售和出口手工艺品和茶叶产品了解更多信息

Our shop (in our office) is open during normal business hours. We welcome visitors!


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I've never eaten at Teresa's, but I have had the pizza delivered and it was definitely better than I expected.

The plain cheese or one with different meats were my favorites.

I try to steer clear of the strange Chinese pizza toppings like seafood, corn, etc....


In response to prd34:

First, it's ridiculous to blame a certain restaurant for your sickness.

Foodborne illness (often called food poisoning) has an incubation period of up to several days.

It's just as likely that you got sick from an earlier meal in the day or even something you ate the day before.

Second, The Silver Spoon has always offered to make a fresh sandwich if you want it.

You could have just asked.

If you have a bad experience at a restaurant that everyone else has rated with 5 "GKs," you might want to try it again because your opinion is obviously in the minority.

I have eaten at the Silver Spoon many many times and it has always been good.

I love the salads (especially the Bacon Blue Cheese and Apple Maple Walnut), but the sandwiches and soups are great too.

Silver Spoon is also a great place for coffee and dessert (and if you buy a coffee or drink, I love the raspberry lemonade, that's 16RMB or more from 2-4pm you can get a dessert for half price!).

No, I don't work for The Silver Spoon, I've just been there so often that I know...

My favorite part is the friendly staff who know my name (cue Cheers music) and the fact that it looks like a real American cafe/bistro.

The cookies classes and parties are also fun ideas.

They have wifi, too, like many of the places near Wenlinjie.

Ok, since I feel like I have to say something negative...the prices are not the cheapest, but when it comes down to it, it's worth it!

Also, they used to have Blondies

(sort of brownies, but with white chocolate) all the time, but I haven't seen them recently.

Bring back the Blondies, Silver Spoon!!!

If you're wondering about the prices, here are some examples:

Small Salad/Soup: 12
Large Salad/Soup: 22 (add 10 if you want chicken)
Bread of the Day: 8
Small Sandwich: 22 (30 for combo with a small salad or soup)
Large Sandwich: 30 (38 for a combo)
Cookies: 2-4
Bars: 12-14
Cheesecake: 20-28
Americano: 8
Cappuccino: 16
Latte: 18
Flavored Latte: 22
Chai: 22 (I've heard it's really good!)
Small Drink (Blackcurrant Cinnamon Iced Tea, Raspberry Lemonade, Peach Iced Tea, Strawberry Apple Juice): 12
Large Drink: 20