Forums > Food & Drink > uprock ... over and out??
That place was doomed from the start with prices for drinks that could be out-matched at any similar venues. The music was good, and people had fun, but the priority seating and abundance of high school students kind of ruined it for me - a bit too "Kundu" for my tastes, and seemingly for a lot of others as well.
Forums > Living in Kunming > Bombs on busses
So what's the verdict on this? Was it a tire explosion or engine malfunction, or what? The article in the 春城晚报the other day wasn't too informative on whether it's a bomb or not.
Although, it would be entirely coincidental if two buses had bombs on the same route last week and this week was simply a "malfunction" of sorts...
Forums > Food & Drink > No Smoking at Salvador's?
While the WiFi was clearly a decision on Salvador's part for whatever reason - it doesn't affect me much as I use the internet at home. The hub at the center table downstairs is a great idea, though.
EHS aside, I do believe most other establishments that cater to the same clientele are still using WiFi networks as an added service to customers, so I suppose for most of you who are "allergic" to these radio waves it's an added bonus for you. However, banning cell phone use is a bit too much. There are millions of cell phones being used all the time in this city, and banning their use in a restaurant to cater to a select few who are sensitive to them seems to overstep the boundaries of common sense.
In terms of what's going on now at Salvador's, I think a great common ground has been found so that those who don't appreciate smoking can still come and enjoy the food during specific times.
Or you could always go to a missionary joint and not have to worry about it at all...
Forums > Living in Kunming > DVDs on Wen Hua Xiang
This is just a little note to those of us living in Kunming who find ourselves at the DVD stores a bit more often than we should be:
Of course everyone knows the large DVD shop beside the police station on Wen Hua Xiang. I used to shop there regularly, but no longer. Last week I bought a DVD boxset for 98 yuan - including 6 DVD-9 discs. I felt the price was a bit steep compared to what is normally charged for a DVD-9 (around 10RMB give or take) and asked the boss what was up. "All of them are like this, the boxsets," he replied. I was pretty desperate for the set so I simply paid the man, regretting it a bit but sure I'd enjoy my purchase once I got home.
This afternoon I stopped by another DVD shop on Jian She Lu, opposite Xin Jian She Cinemas - the smaller one, albeit with the same company name and even the same bags. As it turns out, the shops are owned by one family with different "managers."
I checked out the same DVD boxset I had purchased a few days before at the Wen Hua Xiang shop. The price was 20 yuan cheaper! I felt this was kind of a steep difference, so I asked the boss at this Jian She Lu shop what was up. I told her I had bought the same exact set for 20 yuan more. She replied, "Some factories charge different prices, so even if it looks the same, the quality on yours will be better." Clearly this woman didn't know me well - you can't bullshit a bullshitter!
In any case, avoid the Wen Hua Xiang shop if possible and shop somewhere else. The boss inflates prices due to the number of foreign shoppers who don't know any better. At one point I wanted to buy a leather case for my discs and the price at his shop was 180 yuan - the same exact case at the small shop on Yi Er Yi Da Jie was 100. Avoid this shop like the plague.
Forums > Living in Kunming > Booze @ Uprock
I'll add to this. Simply stated, the drinks they serve are horrible. One of two things is happening - one, they're serving fake alcohol (or watered down) - or two, they're really skimming on the shots. I bought a gin and tonic, and I'll be damned if it didn't taste like a glass of club soda. My wife had a vodka red bull, and shockingly enough, not a hint of vodka's notorious taste nor smell present.
Go there for the music, but have a drinking session somewhere else before you go.