Michael: If you're going to update your passport information in WeChat, make sure you first take out any money that's left in your WeChat account, or you'll lose it. You'll also use all transaction history, which can be inconvenient if you're using WeChat to keep track of certain payments. You'll have to delete your WeChat pay account and recreate it. This otherwise won't affect your WeChat chat history and such.
JanJal: Good point. Many apps require a range of permissions before they will even open, such as many of the bank apps here.
However, it appears Tencent, with many of their technologies, matches not only on your passport number but also on your name. As Western names appear in a different way in about every system available, name matching will almost certainly result in a non-match. It's also perfectly possible that the geographical information used to get us a green code (or a red code) is matched in a different way than the info that tells Tencent and Ali whether we have had our vaccinations yet.
Long story short, I was able to update my WeChat passport number by the method above, but did not get matching vaccination information in my health code. The Alipay health code updated just fine for me, but Alipay already had my new passport number.
I just had my second vaccination today and already seeing an updated health code in Alipay. The WeChat system appears to be broken as the built-in verification system is linked to the name that's used on your Chinese bank card, and that's rarely written the same way as it is on foreign passports. I'd be curious to know if the WeChat health code works properly for any expat. I get a green code, but no indication of having been vaccinated.
AlPage48; To update my WeChat to my new passport number I had to disable all automatic payments (such as Didi) I allowed before one by one and remove my WeChat pay account entirely. Make sure to transfer your remaining balance before that time if you're doing this.
After that I redid the entire verification process, which requires a bank card and required me to use my name as written on my bank account, which is different from how it shows on my passport.
I now have an updated passport number but of course still no vaccination status in WeChat.
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I've been to the Stone Forest many times and although when entering the park it may feel a bit like a tourist trap, there's areas in the back that, even during high season, are usually extremely quiet and can be explored without being surrounded by the crowds.
The landscape is unique and different from many nearly areas that also feature karst rock formations. Definitely worth a visit for those who haven't been yet.
Five stars for focussing on healthy foods. Homemade live sauerkraut, lots of dishes with quinoa, chia seeds, avocado, and tons of other superfoods mixed to create a tasty and healthy cuisine. I hope this is only the beginning of a new wave of alternative food options in the city.
One of the better options in Lijiang for a western meal. Had a set menu through meituan for only 99 yuan that included a very decent steak and onion soup. The environment is spacious and nicely designed with the restaurant being conveniently located in between the InterContinental and LUX hotel inside of the old town. We were not drinking, but they looked like having an impressive wine collection. 5 stars if they improve on speed and service level.
Sofitel is easily one of Kunming's top hotels now, featuring one of the best locations, in between the city center and the popular Dianchi Lake area.
The views from any of its rooms, as well as the buffet restaurant are quite stunning, offering previously unseen panoramas over the whole of Kunming.
There's a bar on the 50th floor, although currently it still has some work to do to be able to compare itself with similar 'skybars' in Shanghai or Beijing.
Pullman appears to be an exception to what the hotel chain is known for. What is generally a branded as a business hotel, in Lijiang has transformed into a true international resort.
The villas are spacious, beautifully designed and as Chris mentioned in the review 6 years ago, the espresso maker is a brilliant example of the Management's attention to detail.
Make sure to book a villa that features an outside hot tub to watch the stars at night in any season – hot or cold.
A 10 minute walk will bring you to the gates of Shuhe Old Town, while Pullman is also located right in between Dayan Old Town and the now more popular Baisha. The hotel itself also supplies stunning views of Yulong Snow Mountain, which never fails to excite my senses.
Summarized, the entire experience is rather amazing. If there would be any criticism, I would recommend reconsidering prices for both spa treatments and drinks in the bar. Compared to the relatively affordable rooms and villas, they're a bit outside most people's reasonable spending budget. Otherwise, highly recommended!