During the last month of 2014, GoKunming users first nominated and then voted for their favorite local businesses. People could cast a ballot in one of two ways — on the website itself and for the second year running, via WeChat. The number of ballots cast across both platforms numbered in the thousands.
Just as with 2013, as the results rolled in, we at GoKunming decided such high levels of interest necessitated recognition of some sort. This led us to organize our second annual Best of Kunming Awards Ceremony, this time held on top of Jinding Shan at the ACMEC Exhibition Center.
The event took place the evening of January 17 and was organized in partnership with S-MAX Digital Technology Co. It was attended by representatives from the winning businesses, who each received awards, commemorative plaques and gift bags provided by Yang Liping. All told, two hundred people attended the event, which featured musical performances by The New Digs, Nevada and the Howling Void and DJ Xiao Kris.
Below are some sights and scenes from the evening. Thank you to everyone who made the awards show possible, especially everyone at S-MAX, whose help organizing and executing the event were invaluable. We also extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended and made the night so entertaining. And of course, congratulations once again to all of the winners!
The crowd begins to filter in while DJ Xiao Kris serenaded them with a selection of hip-hop, lounge and funk.
The Best of Kunming Awards Ceremony was emceed by restaurant promoter Natasha Lee, and GoKunming co-owners Yereth Jansen and Adrian Golobic (left to right).
The owner of Cantina (far left) and three of her employees give a short speech after their restaurant won for Best International Cuisine.
Golobic congratulates an audience member on winning one of the early lucky draw prizes.
After handing out a few of the awards and raffle prizes, The New Digs took the stage. From left to right, they are David Tedheshi, Joost Meester and Ian Hassman.
The owners and employees of The Mask accept their award for Best Live Music Venue.
Jansen and Lee take a brief break from hosting the awards.
Fay Li, Marketing and Communication Manager at Green Lake Hotel, gives a brief speech after collecting the Best Hotel award.
Attendees pose under the event logo during a lull in the evening's festivities.
First one, then another and then a crowd of people danced to The New Digs and their three-part harmonies.
Selman Pataudi and Ma Xi, owners of Vervo Club & Bar receive their award for Kunming's Best Night Club for the second year running.
While last year's awards show featured several speeches, the 2015 version was much more concerned with hosting a good party and having fun.
The crew from O'Reilly's Irish Pub joke around on stage after receiving their award for Best Bar.
Attendees anticipate the announcement of a prize winner during the Best of Kunming Awards Ceremony.
Nevada and the Howling Void took the stage after the last of the awards were handed out, playing their brand of American-infused rock. They are made up of Charlie Heath, John Nevada Lundemo, Mark Corry and James Dobson (left to right).
The crowd reacts as a lucky draw award is announced.
DJ Xiao Kris closes out the evening, getting a dance party going until the party wound down.
Once again, GoKunming would like to express our gratitude to everyone involved in organizing and putting on the event. Thanks to our co-organizers, sponsors, attendees, bands, DJ and everyone who voted for the Best of Kunming Awards!© Copyright 2005-2022 GoKunming.com all rights reserved. This material may not be republished, rewritten or redistributed without permission.