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Elephant Trunk Hot Springs

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Elephant Trunk Hot Springs

It's about 100k south of Kunming - anyone been there to try out the hotel? No English spoken - I'll try my luck (2 years of Mandarin practice in Sydney so far).

We'll also take the train and stay in Heijing, and take a train trip further up to Yuanmou - we're looking for a comfortable hotel up there.

Will be around Kunming 10 days in all late July, early Aug. Would like to hear some local folk music - so if any festivals on would certainly like to know if anyone if familiar with the area.


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1. Re: Elephant Trunk Hot Springs

wow. never heard of those springs. wish i had.

2 years practice.. hmm at least its a start. china will super charge that:-)

you will find a few places that tend to do minority music/dance shows - you can not separate the two. the music brings dancing - and its spectacular - like thai but different and better imo.. Do not be dismissive.and anyway how else are you going to see this stuff??you won't see it in the bar districts - which are pretty good once your into it. only place in china i have seen a 190 cm white trannie in full drag at 1am... first stop would the minority park ( theres actually a few of them) in kunming. pick up a guide - and go through it. it's a showcase but it's surprisingly genuine. so its a good starter.

then ask them for more places to go.

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Thanks! I called a hotel near the area to see about making a booking - my moment making a reservation over the phone in Mandarin. It lasted about 3 minutes before they politely said 'dui bu qi, wo bu dung, xie xie, zia jien' (click). More practice!

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3. Re: Elephant Trunk Hot Springs

The Yuanmou is a small county, but you may find a better hotel in Tulin senic area. I just start to practice my English, wish I can help :)

"zia jien" (it must be "zai jian")

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4. Re: Elephant Trunk Hot Springs

Elephant Trunk Hot Springs is a resort at Yuxi City. It is two different direction with Yuanmou.

There have 3 resorts near the Hot Spring Area.

Yuanmou' viewpoint is 'SOIL FOREST', I been there but not very interesting. I feel like trek at a desert or trek at Arches National Park, UT. It is not as beauty as like that.

At #3, I try to translate as;

dui bu qi= sorry,

wo bu dung= I don't know,

xie xie= thank you very much,

zia jien= good bye

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