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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Hiking in Dali

So I heard last year that there was a cable car or lift of some sort being built almost all the way to the top of the range. Can anyone confirm or deny? Has it been completed?

I'm also curious if anybody knows anything about temperature and snow conditions this time of year on the highest peak. Any equipment recommendations for knocking down the high peak in a one-day hike from the old town?


Forums > Living in Kunming > Buying shoes in Kunming

This place has a range of shoes for outdoor stuff and it is all genuine:[...]

Expect to pay even higher than the Western suggested retail price, but they've got all kinds of outdoor gear and it's all real (as far as I can tell after careful inspection): Arc Teryx, Patagonia, Black Diamond, etc.

It's owned by the brother of local adventurer and frequent subject of GoKunming blog posts Jin Feibao and has been in business since 1995.


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Great piece! I hope to be rolling through this area on a touring bike this spring and this provides some useful eye candy and route planning inspiration. Out of curiosity, what are some of the primary texts you've been consulting? Who are the people telling the story? Bureaucrats, traders or something else?

@Geogramatt, actually I'm noticing people selling out of cars more and more in Beijing lately (though usually one or two cars and not an entire night market's worth). Maybe Kunming is for once at the leading edge of a trend! :-(

Hi Matt,

Thanks for the comments. Winter does seem to be a preferable for weather, although the vegetation, wildflowers etc this time of year are quite nice.

It's maybe another 10km or so to the signs if we're thinking of the same wooden house with the store inside. From Bingzhongluo it's about 16km on pavement and another 16km on dirt – 32km total. But it's worth noting that one of the multiple signs at the "border" says in Chinese that you've already crossed into Tibet, so maybe you crossed the border anyway and it just wasn't marked.

We didn't take a direct bus to Bingzhongluo, we went to Fugong. I didn't want to overburden the text with too many logistical details, so I've appended them to the final post in the series, which should come out this week.



One of the more unique hotpot experiences available in Kunming. The higher priced cuts of yak meat, including the yak carpaccio, are excellent.

It's also about as vegetarian friendly as hotpot gets because each person gets an individual pot and there is a (purportedly) vegetarian broth available, as well as a range veggies and good highland barley noodles.


The Yunnan courtyard-style restaurants like Laofangzi, Deyiju, etc are generally up to the task for a solid meal at a somewhat higher-than-average price.

Airuochun is yet another of these options, but perhaps a little ahead of the pack, especially for its tasty pork and pigeon offerings.


Nice place with a friendly owner who really cares about the quality of his food.


Went here for lunch today. Nothing to write home about, but friendly service and a decent price.


Good place to go if you want to try some really strange food including bugs, snake, wild roots, etc. The veggies are also fresh and tasty.