Yesterday I thought I'd wander down to the Myanmar consulate here in Kunming to ask them for more details about getting a visa and visiting by crossing the land border with China.
My hostel (The Hump) had full directions posted on the wall. (I was going to check the Internet but the guest computer had no connection and I didn't want to set up my laptop whose battery is dead.)
The address given was 6,800 Caiyun North Road. Nine stops on bus 213 from the hostel. In the same building as a certain hotel near a named bus stop.
I don't mind walking even if it takes a couple of hours and I left before 9am. Well I walked until 2pm and found that the section of the road between about numbers 3,500 and 11,000 had most likely been redeveloped or levelled. Those numbers were missing. I never saw the hotel or bus stop listed. It's way, way out of town.
When I got back (on the brand new Metro!) I found the Internet has a different address, 166 Weiyuan Street. That's about a 20 minute walk north from the hostel in the centre of the city.
It was now evening but I went to just find where it is. It turned out to be one of those typical buildings in China that looks like it was only built ten years ago but was either never fully occupied or all the businesses inside have closed up and moved out. There was no sign anywhere that mentioned Myanmar or any consulate and no sign in the Burmese language, which I can recognize. The glass doors I could see through seemed to have deserted offices.
Has the consulate moved again? Is it kind of hidden within this building that other occupants have left and with no sign? What's going on?