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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?

  • If nobody already knows, I'm going to suss it out again myself during business hours and post the answer to help anyone in the same predicament. – hippietrail Jun 9 '15 at 3:15
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    I am glad you didn't find it, otherwise we wouldn't have this lovely story ;) – Nean Der Thal Jun 9 '15 at 6:07
  • And I wouldn't have this blister on my foot from the long walk in my new thongs (flip flops). And I wouldn't've had to learn the Chinese word for "Band Aid". And I wouldn't've found out that the word is exactly the same word for "Bondi", which is where I live in Sydney! 邦迪 – hippietrail Jun 9 '15 at 6:12
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It turns out two of the addresses refer to the same place! The site must have been redeveloped recently with new, internal roads.

The consulate is not located in a park as it seems from Google Maps. I believe the area is a special consular zone. It seems to only contain a Lao consulate and a Myanmar consulate so far. There's also an official Chinese office of some kind there. The rest of the land is just grass and a couple of roads waiting for more consulates to be erected.

So the special zone seems to be at the old 6800 Caiyun Road North address and the Mynamar consulate is now at the new 99 Ying Bin Road address, within the zone. (Here's a Google map showing the walk between the old and new street addresses.) If you're arriving on your own, you can forget looking for either street number.

Photo taken by me in June 2015 Photo taken by Hippietrail in June 2015. Baidu Maps street view of the Myanmar consulate.

But there are much more useful landmarks. It's right at the brand new Erji Road (珥季路) metro station, which is walking distance from a gigantic shopping mall with a Carrefour.

Thanks to the metro you also don't have to worry about taking a bus or taxi. It costs just ¥4 CNY to get there from Tangzixiang (塘子巷) metro station, which is about a 15 minute walk from Jinma Biji Square, the centre of Kunming. The metro ride is about 20 minutes, 8 stops.

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According to their website, the address is supposed to be

  • No.99, Ying Bin Lu, GuanDu Qu, Kunming, Yunnan Province, China

  • Off : +86-871- 816 2806, 816 2814

  • Fax : +86-871 816 2803

  • Email : mcgkunming.cn@gmail.com

That's in a park, here, on google maps. The pointer description (缅甸联邦驻昆明总领事馆) stands for "Consulate General of the Union of Myanmar in Kunming", so you might want to look for that sign from the outside to be sure. The Chinese address (昆明官渡区迎宾路99号) matches the English one on their website too, FYI.

It might be worth while calling them before going there, at least to be sure about opening hours. Given the very nice location with a pond and inside that park, I would think that this is the correct and permanent location of the embassy.

  • Damn me! Somehow I saw this address and in my head merged it with the address in Weiyuan Street due to my brain finding too many Chinese words to "sound the same". I've even had the consulate's page open in a tab the whole time! – hippietrail Jun 9 '15 at 5:13
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    Damn me twice! That is exactly the same spot as the 6,800 Caiyun Road address. So I walked right past it yesterday. I remember seeing Kingworld Night Club. I hunted around some areas that felt likely but lacked numbers. I'm not sure if this was one of those areas. It's right at a subway stop so I think I'm going to pop down there for a look even though it's too late for the consulate now... – hippietrail Jun 9 '15 at 5:52
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昆明市彩云北路6800号 缅甸总领事馆

Copy the characters I gave above and give it to the cab driver. Cab driver MUST know it, don't bother with the bus.

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    This seems to be the address the OP checked out and which is not right any more? – drat Jun 10 '15 at 2:34
  • No cab drivers for me! Technically this is right but there is no 6800 number visible anywhere and nowhere nearby has a visible number either. It turns out it is right at a subway stop though. – hippietrail Jun 10 '15 at 2:51
  • It is right for sure. I confirmed it with some local people, unless he gave me untrue information. You can always call a phone number to hire a cab-driver 96108 or 0871-96108(same thing). It is usually complimentary. – ivan Jun 10 '15 at 7:08
  • See my answer. It's right but there's more to it. – hippietrail Jun 10 '15 at 9:41

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