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Forums > Living in Kunming > Kunming late night truck drivers

Strange, back in the UK there was a big campaign to reduce street furniture in the 90s. Mostly because of cost and safety issues. More signs means more maintenance and more difficult and expensive to work on the side walk. On safety, more distractions, and more for people to crash into, leading to more cost.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Healthcare questions thread

I agree to a point. But if you needed casevac home, that is very expensive.
On the flip side of things. Other than what one might call extreme surgery (e.g. brain and major heart surgery), the Chinese specialists are not that far behind treatment you might find back home, away from the major centres of excellence.

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Leaving it up to the stakeholders is what happened in Lijiang. The role of government as regulator is important, but where the government is also a stakeholder, and individuals government officials have personal stakes, it takes the 'poacher gamekeeper' paradigm to a whole new level.

Heart of Darkness may have been adapted by Coppola for the movie Apocalypse Now, but it is far from an Asia classic.
The book is about a journey up the Congo River. I would say an Africa classic.

China can afford this project, Laos cannot. Chinese companies would benefit to a far greater amount (total) than would Laos companies.
If you think of possible cost of the project, and the benefits in increased tax revenues etc. for government. For Laos it will probably never pay back. 60% of GDP could bankrupt a country.
For China the sums involved are chump change.
Perhaps a more equitable solution would be for China to 'gift' the infrastructure, and then earn money from leasing rail time/space to Laos train companies. Or even for China Rail to run services on an exclusive basis for an agreed number of years in the first instance. If you want bullet trains the rolling stock will be Chinese through trains anyway.

It is sad is a facility is lost, but I think the fault lies with the developer, don't be too quick to blame the 100 local residents.
The business owners also seem to be placing the blame squarely at the door of the developer.

The residents were quite used to the usual antics of Wenhua Xiang. It is the new development that has changed things. It seems like things are outside of the law.

In Chenggong you can not put a sign out on the street or the Chengguan will confiscate it and levy a fine. Even though there is a street market.

I have seem the same thing happen in other cities. An area is developed and the developer does not get certain planning permissions for activities on the sidewalk. In Zhengzhou there was a place with a 15m wide sidewalk, and the street was full of restaurants that had outside tables, and still there was room for car to drive up and down the sidewalk. It was soon stopped.

Same happened to areas of Shanghai.

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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.