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  • RegisteredJanuary 25, 2011
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Forums > Living in Kunming > How about a review section for schools?

Naming and shaming is a nice dogma, but rarely is a good idea. Because angry people often name and shame people who don't really deserve that, mud sticks, and there can be retaliation against the messenger/message bearer (GoK in this case).
One problem with reviews can be seen in some of the postings we have had on here already regarding schools.
It would seem that those most likely to post would be those with an axe to grind. Sometimes we see highly unreasonable and angry posts by those who think they have been victimised, who now only want to try and punish the school.
Most perceived 'crimes' of this sort are the result of misunderstandings and/or unrealistic expectations. Often when people are going through the angry phase of culture shock.
Yes, there are shoddy vendors out there; but the majority are OK. As they are 'just OK' most of us would not bother to give a review. Leading to a review section leaning towards a rant fest.
If it does become a rant fest it would also become a magnet for angry trolling and sock puppet trolling. Neither of which would be good for GoK and both could attract unwanted attention from certain quarters.

Perhaps such a section would provide some entertaining input, but I doubt most of it would be balanced, fair, or useful. It could be controversial, difficult to moderate, and create excess work for the team. Also, as the site owners are legally liable for the content, could lead to legal (or other punitive action) against the site; other Websites have discovered this.
My 2 cents

Forums > Food & Drink > McDonald's

As said above, this was the issue of one supplier, Husi, in Shanghai. Husi only supplied outlets in Shanghai.

In the meantime I will take advantage of the 'no queues' environment.

Forums > Study > A subforum to practice Chinese?

Again some interesting ideas.
Questions about slang and Kunminghua are already discussed here, in threads. I can forsee some problems discussing this in Chinese. Firstly, this is non standard Chinese, and knowing which Hanzi to use would be an issue. Even trying to use pinyin has its problems. Secondly, when discussing slang it is necessary to discuss nuance, and this is better done in our respective native tongues.
If there was a Chinese language version of the site (very ambitious) there would be a new audience (members) of local Chinese. I would guess that only a few of the expats would venture onto the Ch side of the site. Why do I think this? Because I think that forums are both 'candy for the brain' and a place to vent. The former requires speed and simplicity, the latter requires a semi-sympathetic audience.
Additionally, there would be an added workload, costs, and staffing burden for GoK staff.
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Taiyangneng (solar heating systems) can be wasteful but need not be. Ours has a small wind driven pump on the roof that constantly circulates the water around the house, so that there is always hot water throughout the system, close to every tap.

@ Blobbles,
I agree, the train to the US would not be that great. A journey for enthusiasts perhaps.

Look at Chinese travelers today, who takes the 2-3 day journeys now? Those without the means to pay for another choice. I do not see it being a feasible link for business travelers.

Rail links to the US would be useful for freight trains, but they will not be doing 300kph in the foreseeable future.

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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.