Not sure what information you need, so this is what I can think of:
- Weixi is not really that far any more as a very much improved road connects it to Dali. Travel time to Dali is now less than five hours. There is a daily morning bus around 7:30 or so from Xiaguan's Northern Busterminal. Inaccurate (there is only one bus in the morning, plus a sleeper) time-table is here:
You can also go from Kunming's Xibu, but only by sleeper-bus.
- Transport from Weixi: see the time table here: www.yunnanexplorer.com/transport/station/weixi/
- Hotel situation in Weixi has much improved. When you arrive at the bus-station walk uphill (right out of the station) until you get to a round-about. Turn left and there come about 10 hotels along the street. The best one will set you back about Y120, but most are Y 50 for a standard room.
- Things to do in Weixi? In town not very much, I am afraid. But there is a good Lisu market on Saturdays at Xiaoweixi right on the Mekong. At the same place, a bit north, comes the Xiaoweixi Catholic Church. Travelling further north takes you to Kangpu, a dirt-poor township by the river. A bit north of it comes a turnoff which takes you up the hill to Kangpu's Tibetan Temple Shouguosi. Further north the next township is Yezhi, a Lisu township (not much there, they have an old Tusi compound that has been under 'renovation' for the last five years), but a bit south of it (and now developed as a tourist site) is a pretty Lisu village built entirely from wood on a steep slope. Cannot think of the name right now, but it is something like 'Everybody happy' (I guess the Chinese came up with that name). There is basic accommodation in Yezhi (the best in the guesthouse for the Three Rivers in Parallel National Park). Then comes Cizhong church on the other side of the river, some nice guesthouses there.
- Not much transport along the river apart from very few scheduled busses. For flexibility try hiring a minibus in Weixi: outside peak holidays it should cost about Y500 to Cizhong, during peak holiday much more if you can find a vehicle.
If you use Google Earth or something (not Google maps, they are off by several hundred meters): N25.003099 E102.80293.
There is also a map at www.yunnanexplorer.com/map/flyingtigers/
(shameless plug, will only work in new browsers). The location of the stone marker is the brown dot.
Easiest way to get there is to find a taxi driver who knows where Puzhao 普照村 is (and is willing to drive there). Just before Puzhao is a turn which takes you on a rough road crossing the railway and going a little uphill towards some old factory building (hey this could be anywhere in China). That is as far as a car can go coming this way. On foot you then head uphill on an ill-defined path with the old factory to your right. You will already see a few Chinese graves. Once on top you will also find a better dirt road (there is somewhere a road connection to it, of course, but I do not know where), where you turn left and follow that path going slightly uphill. The new stone marker, put there just a few years ago, comes maybe 100-200m on your right. That's it. Do not expect any bones or skulls on the ground.
The PSB handling visas is in a large building on the western side of the highway leading from Xiaguan to Lijiang, just south of the Century School and north of the northern Xiaguan bus station. The building has a kind of an Eiffel tower on top.
Bus #8 from Xiaguan train station to Dali passes it. If coming from Dali on this bus, you pass the toll station and then a bit further down you will spot the eiffel tower coming up.
You will need your passport, some money, a photo. Your guesthouse in Dali should have registered you with the police (they can do that online) or you will have to bring a registration document from the local police station. They do check that you are registered locally.
Visas take two days, plus the new visa will start when you pick it up, not when you apply (as in KM)
You will not really need any help, it is all easy.
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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.