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Forums > Food & Drink > Lazy Bones Pizza - false advertising?

Allow me to clarify. I've been there before, and I can tell you that it's straight up.
When we went there, it was a flat rate of 25 kuai per person (beer not included), and you can order as many pizzas as you want, even half-half to get a taste for the different flavors. It works out to be a decent deal if you have a bunch of people, because you can try a bunch of different stuff. If you come alone, it amounts to basically getting a heavily discounted pie (I doubt you could eat more than one by yourself).
So basically, it's all you can eat, but it's not a buffet.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Changing Money

If you deal with a money changer, the best way to protect yourself is to set up a multi-currency account at BOC, and have the money directly deposited there as part of the transaction. That eliminates the counterfeit risk. Then you can withdraw the cash (only at the main bank office), or just pull it out of an ATM back home for a fee.

Forums > Living in Kunming > kundu stabbing?

I'd like to echo Danmairen in that there's really no point in turning this into some "us v them" thing. That gets us nowhere. The line I draw between "us" and "them" has nothing do do with being foreign or Chinese, as there are plenty of Chinese people I identify more with than some of the foreign morons I see running around Kunming.

The incident at Kundu is a shame. My condolences to family and friends.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Electric bicycle ban..

I'm all for better enforcement for cars, but let's face it, the electric bike craziness is out of control. It's not a ban, it's cops at the intersection fining people for taking their whole families on a tiny bike, riding at a young age, running traffic lights and plowing through pedestrian zones. I'm not sure why people are so against that.


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Not sure about voting, but I do know about the archive. Yunfest keeps an archive of films at the Yunnan Provincial Library, including many of the films from their previous festivals. You can't take them out of the library, but there is a small private screening room on the premises. Alternatively, you can catch some of the older films during the regular Sunday screenings at Yuansheng Theater, which should resume after the festival.

It sounds like a great idea. Kunming has always been the center for training Chinese professional cyclists, and I'm constantly running into large groups of local hobbyists when I'm riding around the surrounding mountains.

The one thing I'd wonder about is how manageable such a large management structure would be. Sounds a bit like herding cats. Marc should keep a close eye on how the management works at that football club.
As for traffic, it does blow, but it gets a lot better once you're out of the city and up on the mountains.

I've been following these comments rather closely as the attack happened just a few days before I went home for the holidays, and I feel a bit cut off.

I read the comments that were removed and they contained profanity, threats and overall very negative and insulting stuff. If those people had dissenting political views that were expressed in rational, respectful terms, then I would have been against removing them. But the vitriol contained in them threatened to drag the entire forum down into an increasingly ugly flame war. I think their deletion was a good idea.

@ Dre:

I understand your frustration, and for the most part, agree with you. However, I don't think comments should be strictly limited to information about the incident, because I don't think we as readers will be able to come up with anything more than what's already been said, and I think there's a need among people in the community to come to terms with the incident emotionally.
Having said that, I think that it was right for the editors to delete bigoted or threatening posts, because those aren't helping anybody.

@ the ether:
There is anti-foreign sentiment out there, and while some of that might be the result of drunken antics or bad behavior in the community, a lot of it is linked to international political incidents or other things beyond our control. Regardless of the source, none of that makes the bombing our fault. I strive to be respectful of others in all of my affairs, and I push my friends to do the same, not to avoid becoming the target of an attack, but because that is how I was raised.

A lot of us, myself included, have an instinctive urge to respond angrily to negative posts or insinuations that we are all a bunch of jackasses who deserve it. Let's all try to keep cool heads when dealing with this stuff. Perhaps we might be able to change a few minds in the process.

Following along the lines of Timkunming, I'm amazed that the international press hasn't picked up this story as well. In fact, I've been doing frequent web searches and haven't turned up anything beyond the expat blogs.

The police may have a lot of pressure from government departments above them, but so far no one from the press is there to breath down their necks. If we want to hear anything at all about the results of the investigation, we need the international press asking questions. Start writing those letters to the editors, people.



Right next to my office, so I eat here pretty often. The place has a nice garden design with lots of outdoor seating for nice days.

A nice menu of Western food with solid brunch choices, fresh fruit juice mixes, and good salads. The burger is also very good.


Excellent Thai food served in a beautiful art deco setting. The bar is also top notch, with great cocktails, whiskys and cigars.

When the weather is good, try to get a table on the rooftop garden, which offers views of the Bird and Flower market.

May be a little pricier than some of the other Thai restaurants in town.


An exciting new gallery space built from an old factory warehouse in the Paoluda Creative Industry Park. Looking forward to seeing what they'll do with it.


A great little place in the middle of a beautiful valley chock full of great climbing spots.

The beds and rooms are very comfortable, though the bathrooms are shared, and of the "eco" variety (a plus as far as I'm concerned).

The owners are very helpful about everything from info on climbing spots to trip planning and getting around the area.

Also, the place is dirt cheap. I wholeheartedly recommend it.


I heard they revamped the burgers so I went there for one last night. Had the blue cheese burger. Total mess, cheese and carmelized onions dripping all over the place. It was awesome.