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Best of Kunming Awards 2016-2017 reader nominations

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For a decade, GoKunming users have chosen their favorite Spring City businesses, institutions and travel destinations. The calendar is quickly approaching 2017, which means it's time once again to start the nomination process for what is now the tenth incarnation of the Best of Kunming reader survey.

In this year's version of the awards, winner's from 2015-16 are automatically entered as candidates, while all other establishments will be selected by GoKunming users. Last year we had a few...ahem...voting irregularities thanks to WeChat. To ensure this doesn't affect the overall results, final voting across eleven website categories will be entirely separate from the four WeChat categories.

Official voting will begin December 8 and run through December 31. The final results will then by announced at the beginning of 2017 during our annual awards ceremony at the lovely ACMEC conference center atop Jinding Mountain. The categories for 2016-2017 are:

GoKunming Categories

Best Chinese Cuisine

Last year's winner: Tusheng Shiguan

Best International Cuisine

Last year's winner: The Park Bar and Grill

Best Café

Last year's winner: Salvador's Coffee House

Best Bar

Last year's winner: O'Reilly's Irish Pub • Beer Garden

Best Night Club

Last year's winner: Club Vervo

Best Hotel

Last year's winner: Green Lake Hotel

Best Guesthouse

Last year's winner: Lost Garden Guesthouse & Restaurant

Best Mandarin School

Last year's winner: Kunming College of Eastern Language and Culture

Best Gym

New category for 2016-2017

Best Kunming Attraction

Last year's winner: Green Lake Park

Best Yunnan Travel Destination

Last year's winner: Dali Old Town

WeChat Categories

Best English School

Last year's winner: Lighthouse International English

Best Spa

New category for 2016-2017

Best Kunming Attraction

Last year's winner: Western Hills

Best Yunnan Travel Destination

Last year's winner: Puzhehei

Submitting nominations

We have prepared an online survey to make the nomination process more accessible and interactive. The first entrant in each category is already decided based on last year's results, and we ask that you enter the name of your nominee or nominees in the spaces provided. If you wish to leave a category open, simply type "N/A". To complete the survey, follow the directions below:

• Find your favorite businesses in the GoKunming Listings section

Access the survey here and fill it out using your candidates' name as it appears in either English or Chinese in the GoKunming listings

• If one or more of your candidates are not currently in our system, please help us to add their listings by sending us their information, as well as the single category for which you are nominating each one, to the GoKunming Contact Form

The seven establishments receiving the most reader nominations in each category will make the final cut, joining last year's honorary nominees, for a grand total of eight nominees in each group. Thank you to everyone in advance for your input and participation!

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