The bus to Jinhong isn't that exciting view wise. I would rather spend the day in Jinhong rather than on the bus. However, I understand your thinking, since I sometimes just the same need to see the territory I am crossing.
If you can squeeze in a day, Jinhong is worth it. You could always stopover on the way back too. Of course, Laos and Vietnam are both great destinations, so if you skip Jinhong for more time in those countries, that's well worth it too.
Recently came back from Vietnam, so I don't rate Yunnan coffee or the coffee drinking culture here highly. To be fair, it's no better elsewhere in China.
However, I did have a cup of great coffee grown in Yunnan by the Hani Coffee Co. The beans were good quality and roasted well and served great. www.hanicoffee.com/
I also met someone studying coffee growers in Yunnan, and it seems more coffee will be planted despite low water resources. Seems the cash crop more than pays for the water intensive nature of growing coffee. So there is a future for coffee in Yunnan, but like Chinese wine, it's a long ways off.
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Never gotten sick once at Sals. Their food is TexMex, so yeah, not authentic Mexican food, but pretty authentic as TexMex goes. Burrito wrap has improved a lot. Like the draft beer option now.
If you haven't had dairy products in a while, and do eat here, best forgo the sour cream. Nothing wrong with it, in fact it's the best sour cream in Kunming, but if you've eaten Chinese for month or months with no dairy intake, your system will react to sour cream or probably any liquid dairy product not so well. Maybe that's what happened with nailer and tallamerican.
It's now 5 working days for regular processing. So I submitted my application a bit before 5pm on a Friday and was told to pick it up next week Friday after 5pm.
Cost is now 400rmb for a single 30 day entry. Or that was what I was charged anyways. There are no posted prices and its cash only with no receipt except for your passport pickup. That's like $65 USD.
You can pay another 150rmb for 2 day or 100rmb for 3 day processing. For 400rmb, they should process it in three days like they used to before, but now you'd pay 500rmb. The office is still like deserted most of the time, so why does it take longer now and cost extra. If you opted for 2 day, thats like $90 usd. All other neighboring countries charge like $25usd.
The rest of and cope review is still good for hours and location.
Far out, less people. Big enough to get lost in. Pretty and quiet near dusk. 20yuan entrance fee.
Like everyone else says, best Indian food in Kunming. They have lunch plates and dinner plates. Show up before 1pm for lunch.
They are on the 4th floor of the half empty shopping mall. Best way is too take the elevator past the KFC around the corner from Starbucks.
Most individual dishes can feed only two hungry guys, so order more if you are starving. Naan order can take care of one only.
Five stars for the food. Go with Yereth's recommendations, plus any vegetable the waitress says is fresh.
Beware that Xue Fu lu is one way, so many taxis have to take a roundabout way to get here.