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Forums > Living in Kunming > CNC router

If you know the decoration market on Changhong Lu. As you drive SW down Changhong Lu, opposite the market, i think it is at the most west end, at the intersection with Dongju Lu. On the right hand side of Changhong Lu is a building with CNC in huge letters on a huge roof hoarding. I think, but don't know for sure, that they do CNC cutting. I have been meaning to go in and check.
I also wouldn't know if they do CAM, but it may be worth a shot.

If you do go, please let us know the outcome.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Rich status symbols

I think that many of these illegal golf courses are attached to real estate developments. It makes the real estate more saleable. There is usually one free membership per household. It is a value plus type of marketing. Dianchi Wei Chen properties used to come with a membership of the golf club. However, from what I have been told, most households sold the membership on.
Water is the biggest issue. I think I read somewhere that upto 10% of Beijing's fresh water supply was being used on golf courses, and this was a major driver for the outlawing of them (no pun intended).

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Printable maps

BTW all the maps sheets I have seen online for China are scans of papers sheets. Many are low quality scans and hard to read, all are out of date. Old town Dali, Lijiang, and Shangrila have not changed. But all of these places have new cities or districts that were not there in the past.
Kunming has changed a lot in 6 years, many old districts do not exist, there are new roads and a subway system. This is why frequently updated maps like Google and Baidu are so important. And one impact of these maps, is that few new hard copy maps are produced in China.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Printable maps

Yes you can print Google maps. But you will need to print them before you come to China, unless you have a vpn and can access them where they can printed.
Alternatively you can print them to an image file on your computer and save them. That way you can print the image file whilst in China.

You can also use map.baidu.com, the maps will be in Chinese characters, but at least you can print a map with a street layout. Then use the road name signs for comparison.

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Before we get our knickers in a knot. 90k rmb per year is affordable for millions of Chinese now. These are not programs for a privileged elite or programs for the super rich. The programs at the last two high schools I worked at cost that much and more.
These programs are not affordable to the masses (most working class), but hell how many kids back home cannot afford to go to college either, and how many more don't want to invest in higher education?
Many import cars cost the equivalent of three years study on these programs. And many of these cars are paid for with cash. I don't know of anyone who has taken out finance on a car.

Like taxes, they will only be punished for the money that is found or declared. However, I know someone who is looking at 10 years jail time. Also the correction facilities for government people have a fearsome reputation. Even today.

I was out in Phuket, on a lesser known, almost deserted beach by the airport. The toilet was walled, but had no roof. I thought to myself, here we go. To my surprise, the toilet was very clean.

Public toilets in UK are now slowly becoming a paid for convenience. However, the people who take the money keep them clean, very clean.
In China I pay, and some of them are not cleaned. The public toilets in the older parts of town can be the worst. I am sure that the 'keepers' who take the money are supposed to clean them, but if so, no one seems to monitor or enforce any standards.

I have been to a public toilet in a village, that seemed to be a hang out for youths, even though there were no lights. From the light of my phone it reminded me of the betting shop toilets in 'Train Spotting'.

Perhaps local media were told to play it down, in order that central can control the message more easily. Looking at the quality of some local news reporting, that would not be in the least bit surprising.

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Echo everything said by others.
Breakfast great and the serve from 8am. Most other places say 9am and they still are not ready.
Sandwiches are cheap 22-32, and really packed full of filling. We got some sandwiches for a day out, the only mistake I made was ordering two, as this was too much. These are seriously good sangars, and they are wrapped in alu foil.

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In fairness to Metro, they are a wholesalers, and not really a supermarket. Hence the need for a card, which can be got around.

They have improved in the year I have been away. They now carry a more consistent range of imported foodstuffs and they also seem to have sorted out the mported milk supply.

They have a wider range of electrical appliances now, there is a coice of more than one toast. There is also a better range of seasonal non foods, like clothes, shoes, garden furniture and camping gear.

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Quirky little store with all sorts of odditites in stock, which is a big plus for me. I see stuff I had forgotten I even liked.
A bit dearer than some other places, but any small independant trader will cost more than the nationals, even back home.
On the up side it will save you driving around the city, and that will save you money.
No shop is perfect, but this one is very good. A bit like those slightly odd little delis/specialty shops back in Blighty.

Mae culpa

I was getting mixed up with the other international clinic that was open on XiYuan Lu, but the block is now under re-development.

I blame the confusion on pre-senile dementia, and the resurection of a 3 year old thread.

Lots of nice big brand performance bikes but not good for those of us on a budget.