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Congrats to Jeff for stepping into this exciting new role. I went down and checked out the exhibit as part of a YFBC event. It is well done and interesting, particularly with Jeff onhand to explain the history of each artist and background of each piece. The '1903' development in which the museum is located is not exactly to my taste, what with the international chains like Gap and Starbucks. On the other hand, there are some interesting looking restaurants there, including Gare de la Sud, which was forced to move out of its original location near the city center. Dined there. Pricey, but food quality still quite good.

@Cloudtrapezer Think on it for a while; I'm sure you'll get there.

Just looking at the wasted energy from heat in internal combustion engines, it seems rather obvious that it's a very inefficient technology. Are lithium battery powered electric vehicles the answer? I'm doubtful. But perhaps widespread adoption could be a bridge toward better technologies (fuel cells?) in the future.



An odd, but overall nice dining experience. Wish they'd at least give those raccoons a bigger cage, though.


I have heard a few places have opened in the past few years in shopping malls that are selling decent Nanxiang-style xiaolongbao dumplings, like you find in Shanghai. But, outside of those, this is the only place I've found in Kunming serving decent xiaolongbao. They're not quite as good as my favorite spots in Shanghai, but quite passable. So every once in a while, I make the sojourn to Renmin Dong Lu to gorge myself. A dozen served in a steamer tray cost 15 kuai. The place also has fried dumplings and some other decent street food.


Just had an expensive and very underwhelming meal here. Flavor of food not good and full of low quality oil.


My favorite guesthouse in China. It's a rock climbing destination, so most of the guests are climbers. But it's also a great spot for getting the heck out of Kunming and spending a few days hiking and relaxing in a pleasant village in a beautiful setting. Very reasonably priced.

Would also serve as a perfect base for exploring Laojunshan National Park by mountain bike, dirtbike or 4x4. Lots of trails and roads all over. Also, a good stopover if you're heading up toward the area around Weixi and Tacheng.

About an hour drive from Lijiang Train station.

Reuben and Long, the owners, are wonderful people. Food is good, with communal dinner every evening around 7 to 7:30.

May not be suitable for everybody: toilets are outhouse style and shower/sinks are communal. But internet speed very good considering the setting.

Great little getaway from the big city.


One of my new favorite Dai-style restaurants in Kunming! Well-executed classics like 鬼鸡,老奶洋芋,etc., nice enough atmosphere and good service. Four stars because the food could be improved upon compared to my very favorite Dai restaurants (which are not in Kunming), and they only take reservations for a single dinner seating.

For this style of food, the only one I know of in Kunming that I might choose over this is Jingpo Renjia down near the (now closed) Camel Bar. But this one is cheaper and the location more convenient for me.