Bing Zhongluo Xiang
Bing Zhongluo Xiang is a city/small town in Western Yunnan.
Consisting of a single street of hotels and restaurants. Internet is available via slow DSL. Very few people speak English.
The provincial government has imposed a ¥100 entry fee for any "tourists" going into Bing Zhongluo Xiang. It is hard to avoid the fee unless you look like local Chinese. The gate inspectors are not allowed to ask for ID cards, so they impose the fee on anyone they think is a tourist or from a different part of China.
Use your feet, or hire private drivers. If you get nervous with normal Chinese taxi drivers, you will have a heart attack going down partially collapsed one-lane roads on the edge cliffs with raging white water rapids below trying to pass tractor-trailers on blind corners. Do not go past Liuku if you can't accept this.
The whole place is a huge vista of mountains bathed in clouds with streams and a very natural environment for China.
Go hiking, bring a stick to beat off poorly trained dogs. Consider getting rabies vaccine before travelling. The single hospital there was empty with a few mobile phone numbers to call on a blackboard.
Traditional handmade minority cloth (such as Tibetan, Dulong, Lisu, ...) There is a taylor right next to the food market
Only a few restaurants that serve nothing more than basic food. Can arrange to BBQ a piglet among other animals, and/or buy food at the market.
Aluo International Youth Hostel is a nice cosy hostel run by locals. It offers the only hinking maps (10RMB) of the region.Aluo can offer you guided treks, but he lives with is family at his second hostel in Dimaluo (dormitory 35RMB/double room 70 RMB) e-mail: [email protected] Tel.: 18908861299 or 13988672792
Goodlife Inc Hostel is connected with a tourist gift shop and offers just like the others excelent advices for trekking (dormitory 40RMB/double room 120RMB)
Yu Dong Hotel is located on the main road. 4-wheel drives are offered. (double room 100RMB) e-mail: [email protected] Tel.: 13988689887 or 08863581285