I would like to know if anyone knows of a good place to swim laps near the University/Yi Er Yi Da Jie area. I know of some pools in KM and I'll list the ones I already know about below. If you know of others (especially in the above mentioned area) please list them in a reply to this post. Also, if you know, please specify:
1. Address/landmarks/contact #
Also, is it in a sports complex, hotel etc.
4. Admission cost/discount available to frequent users
6. Ease of swimming laps
Here is what I already know in case it helps anyone with the same question:
1. TuoDong Pool. 99 Dong Feng Dong Lu
*I have not been to this pool
2. Wu Hua Ti Yu Zhong Xin
Located at the intersection of Huan Cheng Xi Lu and Dian Chi Lu
Admission cost unknown, I have not been to this pool
3. A pool located on Xi Chang Lu across from the intersection of An Kang Lu (安康路）: It's located inside a gate just across from the intersection of An Kang Lu near several carpet stores.
Admission: 15 kuai
Locker deposit: 10 kuai
Facilities: Pool with lanes marked on the bottom but no lane dividers. Lots of cross swimming and circular swimming. Pool & locker room reasonably clean *by Chinese standards* Also offer massage/body scrub treatments 10/6 kuai respectively (don't know any more details about that, just saw it on the sign).
4. Jiao Yu Bin Guan (Education Hotel)
Located beside the large bridge structure at the intersection of Yi Er Yi, Xue Fu Rd., Long Quan Rd. etc. (the hotel is on Xue Fu Rd.)
Admission: Around 15 kuai
Facilities: Again, no lane dividers. Some people swim around in circles. The locker room is pretty clean, even by western standards (at least it was last time I was there). The pool is INDOOR and may be advertised as heated; however, the times that I have been, it has been really cold. After some sunny days and warm weather, it might not be AS cold. It's too cold for me if it hasn't been sunny and warm outside though.
5. Hui Du
Located under the elevated highway that goes to Xi Shan (turn right at the end of 2nd Ring Rd. coming from west side/Chun Yuan area). Turn right at the first street light after turning off of 2nd Ring onto the road under the highway (per the directions I was given). In the direction of Ming Bo furniture market.
Admission: 15 kuai
*I have not been to this pool. But it is reportedly very nice with indoor and outdoor heated pools.
***PLEASE LIST OTHER POOLS THAT YOU KNOW OF!!!***
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This place is a little off the beaten path, but feels like an escape from the city in the city.
Hotel and hot springs, as well as regular (indoor and outdoor) pools.
The hotsprings and pools are located in a large courtyard/garden area around the hotel buildings.
Some individual villas are available, other rooms all located in mostly newly renovated two story buildings.
Most rooms have huge soaking tubs and separate showers.
Small but nice fitness facility with on site fitness trainer.
Very clean facilities.
Basketball and tennis courts available for additional fee.
Spa day rate: 83RMB (9/2007)
American owned, very friendly and VERY professional staff.
Very, very clean.
Almost always have some English speaking staff available.
I haven't had any of the beauty/nail treatments, but the foot massage is SO much better than anywhere else I have been in Kunming (with big, comfortable massaging chairs).
Frequent customer plans are also available.
A solid staple in the Kunming expat community...
The staff is super friendly and the food is pretty good.
Dinner entrees include salad bar in the evenings.
Some things to try:
Dinner: Lemon fish, Fajitas; Lunch: Chicken Club, Chili, or Chicken strip salad; Breakfast: American breakfast.
They have a great selection of fresh baked goods like bagels, granola, pies, tortillas, chips, cookies and hotdog/hamburger buns.
There is also a small section of imported products.
This place is REALLY good.
It's slightly more expensive than other western restaurants, but then the quality of the food also seems better too.
The dining area is small, but the design is very stylish and very western.
The Chipotle salad with chicken is GREAT and the desserts also looked pretty amazing.
If I could only eat at one western food place in Kunming, this would probably be the place I'd pick based on the food and the atmosphere.
This is a decent gym that uses mostly California Fitness machines, has eliptical machines, a lot of treadmills and good selection of free weights.
Membership also includes a wide range of classes (aerobics etc.)
The locker rooms are pretty clean, with hot showers, steam room and sauna.
Also has lounge area with free internet access.
Rates are ok, approximately 1100RMB for six months or 1700 for one year.
Personal training is available (additional fee: 100RMB/hour).
Staff is pretty friendly, but also frequently changes (high employee turnover).
Gym is located in the China Everbright Securities building near (near the Remin Zhong Lu McDonalds, on the same side of the street).
Go in the entrance on the back side of the building beside the entrance to the underground garage and take the elevator to 3rd floor.