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This weekend around Kunming

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This weekend there will plenty to do in Kunming to stave off the cold weather - a Thai masquerade party, Latin carnival night, Scandinavian jazz and the coronation of England or South Africa as Rugby World Cup champion are a few of the events going on around town in the next 48 hours:

Masquerade party and Thai buffet at Moonlight Corner

Several new restaurants featuring authentic cuisines from beyond the Middle Kingdom have opened in the last year, a trend that has made dining options in Kunming much more diverse than before. One of the more notable but-lesser known newcomers to the Kunming dining scene is Moonlight Corner, a Thai restaurant featuring Thai management, Thai chefs and fresh imported Thai ingredients. Its location on a hill in the Expo Gardens boasts one of the best views of the Kunming skyline to be found anywhere in the city.

Tonight Moonlight Corner will celebrate its first birthday with a masquerade party (they'll provide the masks) and Thai buffet plus games, music and a costume contest. The buffet begins at six and costs 168 yuan, rsvp at 5013125.

Latin Carnival Night at The Hump Bar

The Hump Bar at Jinma Biji Fang will host a Latin Carnival party Saturday night featuring live Brazilian music and plenty of dancing - one of the better ways to fend off the cold this weekend. Free salsa, meringue and samba lessons will be offered beginning at 9 pm and caipirinha and piña colada drink specials will be on offer all night. Admission to the party in the Hump Bar - located on the first floor beneath the Hump Guesthouse - is free.

Live Jazz with GENE at TCG Nordica

An alternative to Kunming's steady diet of punk, metal and post rock, Scandinavian gallery TCG Nordica will host the jazz group GENE on Saturday night for an 8 pm concert for 30 yuan.

Rugby World Cup championship match at Chapter One

This weekend the Rugby World Cup wraps up, with the France-Argentina consolation match to be shown live at Chapter One Saturday at 3 am (note to the temporally challenged: that's late-night tonight). The championship match between England and South Africa will be shown Sunday at 3 am. As with the last two weekends, BeerLao will be on special for 10 yuan/bottle from the start of each match until the first points scored.

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This announcement says the jazz concert @ TCG Nordica is free, but their home page www.tcgnordica.com says 30 yuan a person. Hmmmm. Sounds great anyway!

Thanks to dianjing for noticing that... it's been corrected. We got the info from their recent flyer which didn't mention the admission fee.

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