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They used to be on Fuhui Road, but they've moved. Phone number is still the same, though: 0888-518-8437

My Lijiang geography isn't so good, so I couldn't quite piece together the address the guy was saying on the phone, but maybe you'll have better luck. If you find it and can post the address here it would be much appreciated.

Forums > Living in Kunming > veitnam or Hong Kong for work visa?

When I was in Hanoi last year, the consular section of the Chinese embassy was not issuing tourist visas to anybody who was not Vietnamese or a resident of Vietnam (i.e. can't apply for a Chinese tourist visa if you're in Vietnam on a tourist visa). But there are services that will take your passport to Saigon, where they do issue Chinese tourist visas. I believe turnaround time is something like a week, but I'm not sure.

You can get a Z visa in Hanoi if you have an official Chinese government visa invitation letter instructing you to present yourself at the Hanoi consular section to get your visa. The city where you want to receive your visa is something that you indicate on the application form for the visa invitation letter. Be warned that the Hanoi visa office is small and understaffed and seems to deal with a huge volume of Vietnamese applicants, so they may not stick to their declared timeline for issuing even Z visas. I suspect this workload is why they will not issue tourist visas to people who are not citizens or residents of Vietnam.

Also, the Kunmming->Hekou->Lao Cai->Hanoi route is scenic, but the night buses to Hekou has serious thief problems and the train from Lao Cai to Hanoi suffers from perhaps an abundance of rustic charm (though you can also do that leg by bus). Apparently a faster and smoother way from Kunming to Hanoi is to go through Nanning and enter Vietnam in Guangxi. Never done this personally, though.


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It's not really a rideable route, got some steep stone stairs leading up to Bamboo Temple. The entrance to the park is on the left side about halfway through the ride where it flattens out a bit and you pass around the side of a Chinese-style archway.

There's also a path that runs up from earlier in the climb when you see a small temple up on the hill on your left side. Follow the stone stairs up past the temple and into the woods and keep walking.

For anybody who's never spent Christmas Eve in Kunming before, it tends to involve massive amounts of artificial snow shot out of aerosal cans, especially in the Nanping Jie / Jinma Biji Fang area. Don't wear your nicest clothes, especially if you're conspicuously foreign, and don't go out if you can't tolerate some fumes and fake snow being sprayed on you.

Here's some photos from last year:



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.