Never tried that hotline number, so I can't say. Seems the hotline is new and untested like the airport, so caveat emptor.
When I can't speak the Chinese location, I tend to ask if I can send a sms or have a helpful Chinese neighbor handy.
I might bike out to the new airport later this week (weather depending). I'll post what I find out.
The cafes mostly have wifi, and most people have 3g on usb or smartphone. You could just hand them a slip of paper explaining your circumstances and http address; they would most likely take it right there after they figure out you aren't a salesperson. Sure you would suffer the selectivity bias of cafe patrons who have computers or smartphones, but then again, that might be the majority.
GoKunming is still a 90% expat website. Very few everyday Chinese, even the English speaking college educated ones visit this site.
Probably out of stock in most official Kunming stores. In China, I wouldn't buy it anywhere except at official stores. If your heading to HK, that's the place to get it, but stock might be limited, so you would just pay a bit more for it.
Another reason to buy it in HK is since this is an Android phone, the carrier (and in this case the country too) has a lot of discretion over the operating ROM. Unless you have the technical skills to reflash correctly, this matters quite a bit.
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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.