Richland International Hospital

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  • RegisteredJuly 23, 2011
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  • RegisteredJuly 23, 2011

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Forums > Living in Kunming > 3G internet access better than home DSL?

3G is by no means _faster_ than my DSL connection (I think Unicom gives me about 200KBps), but it seems to be _better_. In that I can access servers that I cannot through my DSL connection, such as the Android Market.

My DSL is fast enough. When gauging torrent downloads, I easily clock the promised 512 KBps (4096Mbps) down, haven't tested up but it seems fine. Of course, when you try to access firewalled websites (pretty much any foreign website), it will load significantly slower. This does not depend on your data connection, but rather on the GFW.

Also, you would be paying a lot more. My China Unicom plan is 66RMB/month and that gets me enough calling and texting credit plus 300MB cell data. Everything else is billed separately. Clearly not an alternative to your DSL line.

Forums > Study > the origin of characters

Hi Alex

Though certainly not a bad book, I am rather looking for a (perhaps more scientific) work that stays clear of witty explanations for characters it doesn't know the origin of. Or at least provides an indication of the scientific correctness of the explanation.

Any other ideas? Thanks for the link by the way!

Forums > Living in Kunming > Where's the beef?

I'm not a biologist and surely, eating healthily fed cows is the better option. But also consider the fact that both the cows and we have a digestive system that is very good at getting rid of toxic stuff (liver and kidneys). Therefore, the meat may not be so bad for you at all. Perhaps even healthier than the hormone-grown cows in the West. Secondly, any animal has a general idea of what is edible and what is not. So it won't go for a patch of quicksilver if it can have some rotten cabbage instead.

Personally I think that eating healthy means switching kinds and sources of food often, and in such way reducing the exposure to a single sort of poison which may build up in your body.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Tablets in Kunming

@Geezer: Thanks, I'll check that out.

Another tip for Kindle users: "Calibre" ( is a very interesting program that will help you convert PDFs or other document formats to the Kindle's native MOBI-format.

It can even gather online media (I use it for instance to grab the newest edition of the Economist every week), compile it into a MOBI-file and then send it to your kindle (wirelessly via e-mail or through USB) for your reading pleasure.

You can even have it run in the background and schedule it to do this every week when the Economist appears (Friday), so you will never miss an issue again. This is a lot cheaper than subscribing to the Economist subscription in the Kindle store, and just as good.

If you let calibre send you documents wirelessly, make sure it goes to your free Amazon address, otherwise Amazon will attempt conversion and charge you for it.


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Great news. I assume foreigners won't be able to make use of it, but I would very much welcome anything that brings down the number of cars bought and driving around on the street.

Way to go, Kunming. Perhaps you're a spring city after all. And what a timeframe!

they're derivatives of the influenza A virus, not the common cold. The fact that they get names is because they are different diseases that both threaten large populations and need different treatment.

That they just called it a cold before is because medicine wasn't as developed as today and because, you know, a cold is just a cold, and no strains of it can be cured while its symptoms can be treated in the same way.

As indicated by Meine Van Noordwijk, it would be good to have a roundtable with the different stakeholders in the industry and perhaps create something like a 'green label' for rubber, making it easier for users and manufacturers elsewhere to gauge their impact.

Also don't forget that family names don't necessarily relate to the other meanings of the character.

In Hmong and Yi areas, if you see a or any other seemingly meaningless character, I would also argue that it's safer to assume transliteration of a Hmong/Yi word, as neither Mandarin nor Hanzi belong to these people.

Many examples can be found around Yunnan, but they're often most striking in Tibetan areas (甘孜, nothing to do with sweet stuff, just sounds like Tibetan Garze) and Dai areas (猛论, not a fierce debate, but Meng a transliteration of the Dai/Thai Mouang which means village).



First and last experience. Absolutely horrible. I came in late with a big flesh wound. The doctor sewed it up and told me to come back in the morning "perhaps to redo it, and to change the bandage". When I did come back the next morning, they just changed the bandage and sent me off.

When I peeked at my own wound, I noticed it was horribly done. "Like a vet did the stitches," as someone commented. I then had to stay a night in a different hospital in order to do it right, with a 40% chance of getting infections. This cost me a lot more, thanks to Richland fucking up in the beginning.

Whatever X-rays were taken were not printed out and given to me so I couldn't go to another hospital for a second opinion or treatment.

The nurses didn't seem to know where half the things were and the doctors had to repeat orders to get basic things like scissors.

In the next hospital, it was noticed that I had fractured my jaw in two places. On the five X-Rays taken at Richland, they did not notice the fractures.

Pretty sure these people are not actual doctors and are therefore criminal.


Super place. Really cool interior, lots of good beers and drinks, fun toilet inside the telephone booth, and an interesting clientele.

Cons: pretty hard to find, no matching glasses for the imported beers, and home brews need some work.


Great central location. Same great drinks, same great food. Admittedly, the terrace isn't much to write home about - I think it never intended to be and the Chengguan are basically making terrace seating impossible.

I find the staff very helpful, sweet, engaging, intelligent, and mischievous to the point where it's an entertaining contribution to a really fun bar. True, there are some new hands who still need some training but in general I have nothing but praise for this great bar, its owners and staff.

The playlist may need a little review, though, but this is reflecting comments from others more than my own feelings.


Teaching and support lamentable.

Four people signed up for the highest-level class and got a teacher who does all the talking, refers to herself as 老师 and makes classes absolutely uninteresting. As of this moment, only 1 person is still going on a regular basis.

While staff is friendly, they are absolutely incapable to help out with visa matters in an adequate way. Lack of information beforehand, lack of support and lack of information during the visa process meant that I am waiting forever for my residence permit to be processed, without any information about why it's taking so long, why they can't get started ... I'd say this school is a good option if all you wanted is a visa, but they can't even handle this properly.

Anyone giving this school a 5-star rating hasn't been to any decently-run schools in Kunming, such as Keats'. The only redeeming quality is facilities and space, those are indeed excellent.


Have been studying at Keats for almost four semesters now and I'm very enthusiastic about the quality of the teachers and the commitment of the school's staff.

One point of criticism is that I think they could put in some effort to group people of the same level together, rather than base it on who was together in last semester's class.