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Forums > Travel Yunnan > From Lincang to Jinping by bus

The bus from Luchun to Jinping goes via Pinghe, Zhemi and Mengla, so if you are heading for the minority areas along the Vietnamese border, you can get off early.

Best market is in Nafa, which appears as 金水河 on maps, for dates see and generally for the area:

If you are heading for Laomeng, you will need to catch a minibus from Luchun as the main busses now go via the new highway that does not pass Laomeng anymore. From Laomeng there is at least one bus to Jinping via Tongchang and maybe another one via Laojizhai, Zhemi and Mengla.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > From Lincang to Jinping by bus

Plenty of busses from Menglian to Puer, if you still have time continue on to Jiangcheng. From Puer at least one bus, from Jiangcheng several busses to Luchun, which has an early morning bus to Jinping. This route avoids the big cities, goes through minority areas along the Vietnamese border and is more direct, but the roads are still in good condition.

All the timetables, as for most other places in Yunnan, here:

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Forums > Living in Kunming > looking for a quality photo print shop

Kaida used to be the main place for professional photo printing, but their main shop on Beijing Lu disappeared when the building was pulled down. I am not sure if their branch on Dongfeng Donglu, in the block just east of the Beijing Lu intersection still exists. They used to have a section specialising in exhibition/display printing.


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Nadam is held every three years on December 13th, the next time actually this year:

Like many festivals in the province, it is now a ticketed event with show, Mongolian feast and some riding/wrestling/singing competitions. Judging by the construction work of their show stage they are planning to make it even bigger this year.

Another Yunnan Mongolian festival is the Lubanjie 鲁班节, honouring the god of carpentry, sometimes held in 西城 village at the beginning of the fourth lunar month But when I once showed up for it, villagers were almost unaware that it was the day of a traditional ceremony.

This is the third time this very article is hitting my inbox in as many days as it is republished on various sites. It reads like a review one would do for money/exchange for reciprocal friendly review. Some might call it spam.

I guess I will never know if this book is actually worth reading or whether the author just seeks a lucrative consulting job as at over $100 it seems a bit pricey. No digital preview on Amazon either - what do they have to hide?



It is rare to find good approximations of western food anywhere in China and their lamb-chops (listed as lamb T-bone steak or so) were the best I have found so far. They came with good fries and the beer was cold. I liked the way that they serve the gloopy 'black-pepper sauce' separately, so one can just skip it. Pleasant and quick service too.


A pleasant modern eatery. The menu claims the chef worked for a large Chinese chain of Thai restaurants, but the Thai aspect of the food is difficult to find.

I gave the 'boneless chicken feet' a miss and had some spicy beef which while not bad was closer to the usual Sichuan fare than anything Thai. A dog under the table quickly lapping up any dropped food complemented the Sichuan experience.

The spring rolls were not bad though and together with a beer the bill came to Y58.

Easiest improvement would be better rice.


Easily the best bread to be found in Yunnan with friendly and efficient service. I have made detours to Dali just to pick up some bread on the way back to Kunming.