Yangshuo Mountain Retreat

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  • RegisteredNovember 29, 2011
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  • RegisteredNovember 29, 2011

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Chinese can still shock me!

Darlie/Darkie is owned by the US multinational Colgate-Palmolive. Just saying. We all know the Chinese can be crass about race but there's a touch of hypocrisy in the shock horror coverage of this ridiculous and racist ad given we are in in the era of Trump, Pegida, Golden Dawn etc. etc.


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Chinese local governments can't levy property taxes like, for example, in the UK and they don't have local income taxes either. So they raise money from land sales and from all sorts of arbitrary charges like high priced tickets to scenic spots. There should have been some sort of property tax years ago in China. Might have slowed down the housing bubble.

From what I have read, tetramine is banned in China but is manufactured illegally and widely used in the countryside. It has been used in many deliberate mass poisonings, often the result of business disputes, and has been responsible for accidental deaths.

See this link (which is quite scary)

The authorities have made some efforts to stamp it out - see below - but as usual the problem is enforcement.


Sorry, I misread the talk of police missteps as implying she had got off on a technicality. Actually, I don't find it at all odd when the local police and media don't announce things. They may well be re-investigating, insofar as they can with such an old case. There's also the possibility it wasn't a murder at all but an accident.



Can't get a friendlier place than this. Lot's of beers to choose from, some a little pricy, but there's always the fallback of Lao. Excellent.


The French Cafe is probably the oldest Western eatery in Kunming. Unfortunately, it has complacency written all over it and is badly in need of a makeover. The service varies from indifferent to unfriendly. Good wine and coffee is the minimum you'd expect from a place that bills itself as French but you'll struggle to find either here. There's not much that's French on the menu apart from the croque monsieur. It's only saving grace is that the bread is the best in Kunming, but that's not saying much.


I know being grungy is part of the appeal of this place but, how much trouble would it be to fix the toilet doors?


The Sunday special deal (roast beef and roast lamb) was the best Western food I've eaten in China in ten years here. Top notch. Top marks.


Went in their Dali branch. Same system. Foreign language books are upstairs and a creepy member of staff follows you up.and shadows you. I will never buy a book there again.