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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Mixed-race Couple Stalked and Assaulted in Kunming

Agree with Alien. I came to China ten years ago from the UK. Cities back home have an undercurrent of (usually drunken) violence that's much less prevalent here. I feel safer walking around at night and I think that's because I actually am safer. As for Chinese nationalism and xenophobia, sure it exists and in some circumstances it can become toxic but given the Trumps, Farages, Le Pens etc etc, and their millions of supporters, are we in any position to preach?


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As far as I can see there's two separate things going on. Conversion of Xuefu Lu to two-way traffic and construction of a subway station. I was told the disruption on Xuefu Lu was due to the former. Not sure where the subway station is going to be but not on Xuefu Lu according to what I was told. Anyone know definitely where it's going to be?

This furore exemplifies several things: entrenched sexism in Chinese society; contempt for "low quality" people from those who consider themselves their betters; highlighting the trivial and ignoring the important; making gestures and moralizing as opposed to taking effective action to solve problems; the real polluters will be laughing heartily at this "story" .

I was told that Xuefu lu is going to revert to two way on Jan 1st. I thought the source was reliable. It also looks to me like they're widening the road which would support the two way theory. But I guess I may be wrong. Which is a shame because the one way system means traffic is diverted to the perennially blocked Dian Mian da dao.

I'm old enough to remember when tourists from the United States were reviled worldwide for their boorishness and ignorance. Then it was the turn of the snap happy Japanese. The Chinese will learn how to be "world travelers" like everyone else did. They may even get to like banana pancakes and go rafting and zip lining while out of their brains. Given I live here, I can hardly advise people to stay at home, but it is an option. As a friend once said to me, travel broadens the bum.



Went in for a coffee and asked for a ham sandwich. The server made some excuse about the kitchen being busy. Odd, since I was the only customer. He finally agreed to "ask the kitchen". When the sandwich finally came it was made with crappy sliced bread and had cheese added. It was like a ham and cheese toastie that hadn't been toasted. This in a place where they bake their own baguettes. Very poor show.


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.