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Forums > Food & Drink > Dai restaurant

Haven't tried Laodianmian320 yet, but I tried the place inside of Hogood coffee. Apparently the old owner from Qingyun Jie is no longer involved and it is slow, overpriced and not tasty at all.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Hogood is nogood.

This place down off Dianchi Lu is pretty good, though:

Forums > Living in Kunming > Pollution in Kunming

There's actually someone who believes that the impact of the metro construction is even measurable compared to the amount of particulate matter being thrown up on the massive tracts of land that are being chai'ed and/or having developments built?

And don't forget all of the rickety, overloaded Big Blue Trucks hauling aggregate to the concrete factories in order to build all those high rises; poorly tuned, overstressed engines burning high-sulphur diesel. Yummy.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Cycling during Chunjie: Water/accommodation

Hi All,

I was thinking of taking off on my bike tomorrow to Luoping to check out the canola fields in bloom.

Does anybody have experience traveling by bicycle during Spring Festival? Will I be able to find accommodation along with water stops every few hours? Any input is greatly appreciated.



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Yes @nnoble! Think of the social costs that are externalized by cars. The rental bikes annoy me because they do tend to get strewn about and they are too small for me to ride comfortably...But nothing compared to the annoyance, danger and health impacts of cars.



Cantina is always a safe bet for top-notch food and great service. I think it has actually gotten better and better over the years, which is often not the case with restaurants. Most people who live in Kunming know Cantina. Perhaps not as many know how involved the owners, Libby and Diego, are in various social welfare and community service efforts. Highly recommended both for visitors and long-term residents!


I went there twice for group boxing classes. I left the third time when I was attempting to book into a grappling class. This was part of an attempted process on my part to try the different classes offered there and see if I wanted to purchase one of their various membership cards.

The boxing classes were fun, a great workout, and the coaches and fellow students were all nice. A good atmosphere. Certainly room for improvement, especially in terms of explaining the class structure and fundamental concepts of the sports to beginners...but overall good.

However, on front desk staff member erased the positive aspects of the gym through his unprofessional and rude conduct. I was treated like some sort of con-man for wanting to try out the different classes offered before committing to multi-thousand RMB membership card, despite my willingness to pay per class to try them out. I wasted my time riding over to the gym on a very cold day on my scooter and then being refused service unless I committed on the spot to buying a membership card in direct contradiction to the gym's own policies and written price table. Also wasted was my friend's time and money, as she was in a cab on the way over to the gym in order to join me for the group class at the time I was refused service. My exchange with the staff (in which I was not terribly satisfied, but remained calm and reasonable throughout) was topped off with a remark from the one particular staff member with xenophobic undertones.

As one may see from my other reviews on this site, I typically try not to say anything unless I have something nice to say. In this case, I feel I must make an exception: I don't think it's a business that deserves your effort or money.


One of the best western restaurants in Yunnan. Definitely worth visiting if you will be passing through Shangrila!


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.