The Old Theatre Inn

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  • RegisteredNovember 29, 2011
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  • RegisteredNovember 29, 2011

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Uncle Jacks

I agree with Dan. Convenience is king and Uncle Paul offers it. By the way, some staples like Yunnan coffee, and cheese can now be bought at his cookshop a few doors up towards the school.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Kunming to Hekou (vietnam) train

Does anyone have an update on options for getting to the Vietnamese border at Hekou/Lao Cai? I heard a train line was being built. Is it up and running? Alternatively are the buses any quicker these days?


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This is just about giving people the option to buy additional insurance and will make little difference. Britain introduced universal free healthcare in 1948 when its per capita income was around half that of China in 2015. There is no economic reason why China couldn't do the same right now. It's simple a lack of political will. No doubt any attempt to do so would be branded "Maoism" or some such.

to bluppfisk. you saying they didn't have ivory on sale at the trade show? I was there and saw it. Several stalls had tusks for sale. If China had any intention to protect wildlife these people would have been arrested and their stock confiscated. and yes, I'm sure most poached ivory doesn't come from Banna. There aren't enough elephants left there to sustain a poaching industry.



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.