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Forums > Travel Yunnan > new train to Vietnam border?

Hi. I've heard some things lately about a new (within the last month or so) train that is running down to the Vietnam border, possibly Hekou. Has anyone taken this train? Where does it go? Any info welcome.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Adult Martial Arts

Ring King boxing gym is running a promotion this week, 1/2 price membership fees: 1900 for a year or 900 for 3 months. I teach self defense (mostly krav maga) there and they also have boxing and belly dance classes. Check the listings for ring king

Forums > Living in Kunming > karate lessons

Not quite karate, but I teach Krav Maga at Ring King Boxing Gym. If you're interested feel free to email me:

Forums > Travel Yunnan > FYI: How to get a China tourist visa in Bangkok

Ah, forgot one important thing!
There is no same-day service right now. Even there are instructions in the embassy and on the embassy's website regarding same-day service, it does not exist right now. Not an option. The best they can do is 9am pickup the next day


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My Chinese isn't great, but if anyone can call and ask what kinds of things they have need of (clothes, blankets, toiletries, childrens' toys) or any ways I can donate my time to help out, I'd be keen on knowing...

how did you find the route? did you talk to people who had done the ride before or just looked at maps or GPS?

frickin awesome, btw



Lovely restaurant with top-notch service and fantastic food. I love all the beets, avocados, brussels sprouts, asparagus, quinoa, and tempeh. At first glance of their new menu I was overjoyed to see so much deliciousness, then nearly passed right out from elation when I noticed most of it is vegan! In all seriousness though I can't say enough about how wonderful this place is. Highly highly recommend!


Best pizza in town. Slice of Heaven's a close second, and a better value on their 20kuai pizza Fridays, but overall taste and selection goes to Lost Garden, hands down. I went there for the 3rd or 4th time for the pizza night last week. We sat on their roof terrace, which has been re-done very nicely since the last time I was there. The service was reasonable, and the waitresses even spoke some English! On a previous visit I had a pumpkin soup and a baked pasta, both delicious and well-presented. Anecdote: I was there once on a cold day a couple of months ago and the foreign manager (owner?) made my friend and I hot toddies upon request, even though they're not on the menu, and they were pretty much perfect. I have nothing negative to say about this place.