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Getting out there is a bit tricky. They run shuttles every day from out on Renmin Xi Lu, but I forget the exact name of the place they run from. If you can speak Chinese or get a friend to help you, you can call and find out. A minivan ride out there and back should be around 200-300 yuan.

Forums > Living in Kunming > hiking around the city

Hi Robbs. I don't want to toot my own horn too much, but the mountain I wrote about in the GoKunming blog a few days ago, Changchong Shan, is one of the best choices in Kunming for convenience, being relatively uncrowded, and accessibility. You can get there on the bus in 20-30 minutes from Wenlin Jie. Here is the post:[...]


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^Yeah Greg, they seem pretty set in their ways. I asked a driver about why they waste time and money by driving around with empty cabs during the busiest time of day and he said he would be too tired if he got off at 8pm. I think the actual problem might lie somewhere in the murky division of labor and finances between the two or more drivers of cab.



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.