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i believe you can take the 98 to xiaoximen (the walmart stop) and transfer to the 52 at the same station. There is a Kunming International Convention & Exhibition Center stop. I've never been there, but this is what i was told, so good luck!

According to what they've told us, the outdoor music/BBQ thing will start later than usual at 6:00 - I originally wrote 3:00. Thanks for catching that.

In connection with this, an interesting story from today's FT:

Chinese essay sparks outcry in India

By James Lamont in New Delhi and Kathrin Hille in Beijing

Published: August 12 2009

Indian academics are up in arms over what they regard as provocative incitement of the country's demise by a Chinese essayist.

"China can dismember the so-called 'Indian Union' with one little move!" claimed the essay posted last week on China International Strategy Net, a patriotic website focused on strategic issues. The writer, under the pseudonym Zhanlue (strategy in Chinese), argued that India's sense of national unity was weak and Beijing's best option to remove an emerging rival and security threat would be to support separatist forces, like those in Assam, to bring about a collapse of the Indian federal state.

"There cannot be two suns in the sky," wrote Zhanlue. "China and India cannot really deal with each other harmoniously." The article suggested that India should be divided into 20 to 30 sovereign states.

Such was the outcry about the article that the Indian government issued a statement reassuring the country that relations with China were calm.

"The article in question appears to be an expression of individual opinion and does not accord with the officially stated position of China on India-China relations conveyed to us on several occasions, including at the highest level, most recently by State Councillor Dai Bingguo during his visit to India last week," the foreign ministry in New Delhi said in a statement, referring to mutual pledges to respect territorial integrity and sovereignty.

The publication of the article coincided with talks between Beijing and New Delhi over disputed Himalayan border areas. Earlier this year, China held up funding for an Asian Development Bank project in Arunachal Pradesh, an Indian state claimed by China as "south Tibet". India has also banned some Chinese imports as it tries to protect its economy from the global downturn.

Officials in Beijing and Delhi hew to rival visions of the future, each seeing themselves as pursuing the more durable political and social model of development. The presumption in New Delhi is that China's unified, one-party state is bound to break down.

DS Rajan, director of the Chennai Centre for China Studies, brought the essay to his countrymen's attention. "It has generally been seen that China is speaking in two voices," he said. "Its diplomatic interlocutors have always shown understanding during their dealings with their Indian counterparts, but its selected media is pouring venom on India in their reporting."

China International Strategy Net is run by Kang Lingyi, who took part in hacking into US government websites in 1999 following US bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade. Sites such as his are part of the Communist party's strategy to allow nationalism to grow to strengthen its political legitimacy.

Although the way the chengguan are going about their business can sometimes be questionable they actually have important work to do. Who are we to say that there should be no regulations for streetvendors and snacksellers and no reinforcement of the law? There are hundreds -if not thousands- of streets in Kunming designated for late night street food but one of the problems is that the popular streets get filled up completely and no cars (and hence no emergency vehicles) can pass. That's not even mentioning the "quality" of the food that the amount of competition just keeps lowering.

We all know that a law not enforced here in China is no law at all so lets get a more qualified and well trained cheng guan to get things rolling.

There is no rule of law of China. One can have as many laws on the books as they wish, but if they are not applied and enforced uniformly, if they are not acknowledged by the people whose actions they are meant to regulate, they are simply words on a page. Gleaming new buildings, factories pumping out record numbers of goods don't mean anything if people cannot be expected to behave in a civilized manner. The chenguan are nothing more than thugs!

Basically, know your rights.

Don't be a little twinkie when your faced with government employees who's going to harass you.

Tell them you'll call the police. Tell them you have evidence of a case and they don't have the right to touch you or you can sue them for harassment.
If your the type of person who knows you'll get into trouble, get yourself a lawyer.
Lawyer's for foreigner's are much cheaper than in the US or in EU.

On a related note, i'd like to know what can happen to me if i take photos of "incidents" and if there are any offical rules about it. Once, i was watching a white person being asked questions by the police, not violant or anything, and i was texting. I wasnt taking photo's, but they must have thought i was, and they got very very cross. looked at my phone and told me to leave.

The UK has too many CCTV cameras, but atleast they can provide evidence....

Is it necessary to have photographic evidence?

There are witnesses and that's a very important key point to even begin an investigation. A man's right has been taken away from. In addition, he has had a very painful past.

Anyways, China needs to hurry up and unblock all the website's. Piss me off.