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Forums > Food & Drink > where to buy cardamon and garam masala?

Yunnan is the world's number one producer of black cardamon (草果). Specifically, Lüchun County in Honghe Prefecture is the main center of cardamon production. However, you can easily by it at any wet market in Kunming at the spice stalls.

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Airport metro line temporarily closed?

Does anyone know if the Airport metro line (the one that opened back in 2014 and just runs from the East Bus Station to the airport) is still running?
According to Baidu Maps, it is "暂停运营" (temporarily closed).

I guess not enough people were riding it to make it worth paying to operate (that is, until it actually connects from the East Bus Station to Jinbi Square).

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Yunda ready to move

@Michael2015 I know about the five year plans. I respectfully disagree that "testing pilot projects and then replicating them across the country" is a good idea. Every city has its own unique circumstances. Projects should be planned with the local economy, culture, and geography in mind, not cookie-cutter replications of a standardized form.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Yunda ready to move

@AlexKMG Rural US college towns and Chinese Satellite city college towns are totally different, to compare them is to compare apples and oranges.

No where in the US is a university located in the distant exurban sprawl of a major city.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Yunda ready to move

Obviously zoning is important. But there's good zoning and there's bad zoning. Chenggong as realized so far is the worst kind of zoning - single-use, non-mixed use, and isolated from the real world. China needs to reform its education system so that future graduatea are more innovative. Innovation happens when students interact with the real world, not when they're sequestered in hermetically sealed satellite town bubbles

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Thanks for the report, Patrick.
The street market that's disappearing was just a blip on the timeline. I think given the narrowness of Hongshan Dong Lu the street market was unsustainable. I still miss the old wet market that was located at the bottom of the hill, next to the train tracks in that big old brick building, which is now 版筑翠园。Relocation to Zeka Supermarket sounds like a good option. Do you know the exact location?

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This is a really nice new restaurant in Dali. High quality vegetarian and vegan food, varied menu, daily specials. They make their own kombucha, too. The environment is very chill...multiple layers, floor seating, an outdoor courtyard and terrace balcony overlooking the the roofs of the neighbors in old Dali

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Serendipity is an honest-to-gosh American style diner, a concept I don't think I've ever really seen before in China.

They do salads, burgers, and pasta dishes, but the true stars of the menu are the breakfasts, which are served all day.

No measly hostel breakfast sets, these ones come with heaping servings of bacon and eggs and bottomless coffee.

No table seating. Everyone sits around the counter, where you can see what's going on in the kitchen and chat with the friendly staff.

The fresh donuts are the best I've had in China

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The 68 kuai Saturday night all-you-can-eat buffet is a terrific deal.

Steak, pork loin, chicken schnitzel, pizza, two kinds of salad, creme de caramel, cheesecake, and lots of other stuff.

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Tried it for the first time tonight.

Interior Design - can see a lot of work went into this. Very modern, chic, clean, bright. This works well for daytime and dinner. Haven't seen it at night yet but might be a little too bright.

Food - I had the tomato fish curry and the tea leaf salad. Curry was great. I wasn't as much of a fan of the tea salad. It looked beautiful and seemed like a solid dish, but just tasted too heavy for my liking. But that might just be me. Others might like it.

Drinks - Good selection, standard prices.

Bottom line - Plan to revisit to sample the other items on the menu (which is still limited, but I imagine will expand as they get on their feet)

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Recently experienced both very early morning departure and very late night arrival at Changshui. Was worried about making the connection to and from the airport, but both turned out well.

First, the departure. It was 7:30 am. I arranged a taxi to pick me up at 5:00. That he did. Cost: 100 yuan.

The departure was scheduled for 12:30 am, was delayed, and didn't get in until 2:30 am. I was sure I'd have to find a black cab, and wasn't even sure if I would find that. Instead, I was delighted to discover that the Airport Express Bus was still running! For 25 yuan it took me to the train station, where I then caught a cab for the short ride the rest of the way home. I was very impressed by this late night bus. I'd thought the buses only ran till around 11 pm-midnight. I don't know if this is a regular occurrence or not. Maybe, knowing my flight was delayed and there would be hundreds of passengers looking for a ride home, the airport dispatched an extra bus. If so, kudos to whoever was responsible!