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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Yunnan travel agents?

There seem to be a lot of travel agencies/agents in Kunming. Has anyone had a good experience with one they'd like to recommend (service, price, flexibility)? I'm a solo traveler who's interested in history, likes to explore by bike, not crazy about group tour packages. many thanks!

Forums > Living in Kunming > bike repair

Thanks for all the suggestions. I had the work done by the head repairman at the bike shop on 121 St. & Jian She Lu. Skilled craftsman, honest, and reasonable price. Highly recommended.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Seeking place to get away

Just checked out the above website about Shaxi. Just wondering if anyone did the Mr. Wu experience (hiking, horseback, mushroom picking, etc.)? How was it? Would it be fun to do solo? thx


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Thanks so much for highlighting this important series — beautifully filmed and fascinating to watch. I just watched the one on bamboo art. Big concerns that some of China's oldest art forms like these will die out since it's so hard to make a living mastering them, but encouraging that some enterprising millennials have recognized the value of these arts and are working to create a high-end market for preserving them.

John and Cas, I'm bummed to hear you're leaving Kunming before I made it back there, but I'll definitely be stopping by to see you in Chiang Mai. Thank you for your warm embrace and all the fun times and great music you shared!


Wow, reading this brought back great memories of my 2 years in KM. Moondog was always the place to start your Friday nights (after a pizza at Slice of Heaven or a sandwich at Sal's) — the welcoming vibe created by Joost and Fried made it a casual, fun place to hang out (and I don't even drink!). Joost is such a kind and generous soul. It was great making music with you, brother — your humor got me through a lot of brutal monkey shows. (I'll send you some pics.) Sorry that I didn't make it back to KM before you left — I really wish you and your family all the best!


Wow, this is rich! I can see why this video went viral. More than another "Officials Gone Wild" clip, to me it's a fascinating window into how people react to things around here. I enjoy people-watching and guessing what they're thinking. A few details I found most interesting:

0:19 Uniformed guy behind counter clearly does not want to deal — he fidgets, then walks away (whistling?), leaving the female airline employee alone with the lunatic. He later walks back into frame, but stays behind the rope line, passively watching as hell breaks loose in front of him.

0:41 The wife/mother immediately gets on her cell phone. (calling whom? a higher up to come fix their problem?)

1:15 pointing directly at face — the most extreme insult short of striking someone?

1:21 Two other uniformed people arrive, and join their colleague in staring from behind the rope, only moving to step back when shrapnel starts to fly.

1:36 "Uh oh, Dad's goin' off again." Younger son takes cover.

1:56 Camera pans to a wider angle, showing large crowd gathering, spectators moving in for a better view of the action.

2:18 Older son tries to stop Dad, then thinks better of it and slinks away with head down.

2:39 Older son again tries to intervene, placing Dad's bludgeon down, out of harm's way. (btw, Dad bludgeons like a girl, no?). (My heart goes out to these boys, who are clearly embarrassed, but don't know what to do. Can you imagine what their schoolmates are saying after seeing it all on the internet?)

2:43 It's interesting that the man who finally steps in to intervene doesn't appear to be an official. Could he and the woman who joins him actually just be citizens doing what's right: talking some sense/shame into them?

3:30 Dad shows the intervener his ticket, still in disbelief that they won't let him on the plane after he's gone ape s..t (or just trying to save face at this point?)

3:36 Random woman in yellow shirt casually walks through the crime scene, then stands in the front row expressionless, with hands in her pockets. Just wanted to get a closer look?

3:47 Just for good measure, Mom smashes something too — perhaps to avoid awkwardness later at home (or in jail) when her husband asks her why she didn't do anything to help.

This video's ripe for a soundtrack, with actors voicing each character's thoughts, like cartoon bubbles above their heads, don't you think?


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