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Forums > Living in Kunming > Life in Kunming

I'm with Voltaire on this one. I love living here for the obvious reasons (generally great weather, access to a ridiculous array of travel options), but I also enjoy Yunnan for the lack of pretentiousness in both the local and foreign communities.

The local food here is better and more varied than anywhere else (you just have to look).

Yes the traffic is often enraging and Kunming needs to work on preserving what is left of its air quality, but in general, for those choosing to live in a major city in China, this place beats the rest on character and charm alone. For me at least.

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I should have included this in the editor's note, but the dance will be held this year on February 21, so there's still time to arrange a trip!

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To be fair, this is just my type of bar: live music, nicely priced drinks in a divey setting. Normally I would give 4 stars, but Sunday afternoons on the back patio are simply too good not to give a top rating.

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Fantastic little clothing boutique with a wonderful owner.

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Had the buffet here recently. A bit expensive but discounts are available for groups. Seafood, including crab, lobster and sushi were all fantastic. European and Chinese dishes were great as well. Beer was included with dinner. Overall, excellent service and food.

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Excellent dumplings for omnivores, vegetarians and carnivores. This is a hole in the wall joint with no frills, but the owners are friendly and the dumplings are just right. Five stars if they get higher quality vinegar.

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A great little green spot. I would give it five stars if the old orchid garden weren't locked every time I go there. Kunming needs more parks!