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Forums > Living in Kunming > Open Water Swimming

It's technically not allowed, but quite a lot of people do it anyway, in the northwest corner of the Sanjiacun reservoir. It's located in the Qipanshan area, just west of Kunming, between Xishan and Bamboo Temple.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Chenggong Area?

I don't know about the ASEAN Forest, but have heard good things about access to hiking in the hills in Chenggong.

You could also consider the area in Kunming proper that is north-northwest of Xiao Tun and Huangtupo. Good access the roads that run west out of the city. Quite a bit of nice forest, trails, little villages, etc. out that way. They are building a subway line that should be open within the year and will terminate at somewhere around, I think the English name is Joy City, 吾悦广场. It's closer to the core parts of the city, like Green Lake, downtown, Dianchi Lu, Beishiqu etc.

Also, the northern part of Kunming, like out toward the end of Longquan Lu has some decent countryside access.

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Eight years later and Kunming's wastewater management still sucks. When it rains heavily many streets turn into rivers of stinky black sewage water. I vote Xiao Hui for mayor.

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.

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I've been taking boxing classes with Kasey, who is an excellent teacher. The studio is no-frills, but they have a wide range of yoga, self defense and other classes. And some of the teachers even donate the class fees to charity. Glad to have Spring City Yoga Collective as part of the community in Kunming.

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I won a month card as a raffle prizes at the Have a Heart fundraiser. I think it's wonderful that they supported with prizes for the event. I hope even more businesses can donate prizes next year.

The studio is conveniently located, clean, nice teachers, between two and three classes to choose from every day. They also have private yoga, physical therapy, etc.

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Stopped in today while out on a motorbike ride. Nice place to chill out away from the hustle and bustle of town. Can swim in the reservoir nearby (although technically prohibited, nobody seems to care). Great pizza. Good coffee. Reasonable price. As previous reviewer mentioned, if you're going there particularly, it might be worth calling and double checking they're open and arranging for food. Owners speak English.

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A welcome addition to the Western choices in Kunming! Good bread, world-class pastry art, a small but solid food menu. Would suggest a little more flavor in the tomato pasta, and eggs benedict would be even better if on an English muffin instead of bread.

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A nice day out. I missed the second exhibition. The third exhibition, currently ongoing, is contemporary photos of the Kunming-Haiphong railway, mostly the Chinese side. I thought it was quite good. It's not a huge space, but the 1903 commercial complex has some decent dining options (including the museum cafe itself which has some expensive but very good single origin coffees).