Enjoying International Hotel
No. 99 Yong Sheng Road, Guandu District, Kunming, Yunnan, 650011, China
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Sakyamuni Hall in Yuan Tong Temple
eating hummmmmmmmm :)
Narrow walking areas
looking for local knowledge re shopping and eating out in kunming next week.
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BTW: Kunming is a wonderful place, I am sure that you will easily find food and shops you are looking for. Ask the hotel rception, then use the cheap taxis and buses to get around.
How on earth are we supposed to answer? This answer is too vague and open-ended. Good grief.
LOL Jocelyn, are U refering to the question or to "my" answer?
Not your answer, the original question!
No offence but sometimes it seems that people asking questions don't have a brain in their heads.
Travel Tips for Kunming
I am only human
If anyone wants to know anything about Kunming I'm sure there are loads of other people around here who'd be only too glad to help. As fondest memories go, the following story may seem a little bleak.
Don't be misled, it's actually an alright place.
Kunming's unique vege - li(2) hao(1)
If you are at a local restaurant, don't forget to order a dish of li(2) hao(1). Just simply stir-fry with garlic is enough to bring out its unique flavour. Alternatively you can stir-fry it with some dried chillis (as yunnannese love to eat everything with chillie)
Li(2) Hao(1) has a distinct smell, a little minty (but it is not mint), and a little of the water cress. I haven't figured out exactly what plant this is. But it seems Kunmingnites eat every thing of a plant, from the flowers of pumpkin to the bulbs of lilies.
Horse Riding near Jindian (Golden Palace)
It costs RMB 20 an hour, but not sure if they will add to it the cost of a guide.
They take you down a dirt road that goes through the forest, which is going through a lot of tree chopping etc.
Squirrels are a commonsight.
Take bus 10,76,71 to get to Jindian. Then walk from there to the stable, or take a little van for RMB 8 (per van) for 3 min.
Chartered rail trips vs. Public Train to Dali
There are plenty of ticketing agents in Kunming, ready to sell you train tickets for a commission.
You may find that, upon enquiry, that the ticketing agent tells you a train schedule which the Kunming Train Station itself does not have. This is the typical "chartered train" ie some big travel groups charter the entire train, and let the agents sell the leftover seats.
This type of coach does not have "soft sleeper".
The "public seat" tickets sold by Kunming Train Station are released for sale now (Dec) until 3 days before departure time. You can buy these from both the ticketing agents as well as at the train station itself.
Great Fujian Chao Mien (fried noodles)
This is a tasteful western restaurant setup.
Two Floors of dark timber.
It's a quiet romantic restaurant with not-very attentive waitresses, which is a norm in Kunming.
The anti-dote to the real good noodle is the waitress' attitude. They are very hard sellers of their wine :
"Would you like some wine tonight ?"
"No thank you. Dinner menu please"
"Please have a look at our wine card, we have various promotions"
"No wine please. How about the beer promotion displayed outside ? "
"Have a look at our wine (push the winecard to you). This is a good selection"
"No thanks. I would like to have chicken chop"
"Oh if you order this wine, you get a beef steak free"
This can go on and on, depending on when you really snap.. We had chicken, pasta and soup.
But found to our surprise the really good stuff was the "Fujian chao mien" or "Fujian Fried noodles", which we ordered at the end of the western meal and thought we could have some more.
The noodle was served, with no cutlery. "Chopsticks please", and the waitress immediately turned her attention to the next empty table to clean up (??). We went to the cutlery closet and took the chopsticks ourselves.
The noodle is fried with chives, egg and yunnan ham. It smells a little like Penang Char Kuay Tiao.
A little too oily will be the only downside. But if you pick the noodles with your chopsticks and place them on a clean plate, then more or less you get rid of the oil in which the bottom half of the noddles is soaked.
"Bill please". No one heed us despite raised hands and voice. In the end we went downstairs ourselves and immediately someone shouted "table XXX is leaving".
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