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Here are a few ideas:
- There's a curios market under the Yuantong Bridge that sells mostly antiques and picture frames, but some places sell oil paintings such as landscapes and even some modern stuff. Go to the main gate of Yuantong Zoo, cross Qingnian Lu. The building is directly beneath the square selling all of the ceramic pots and vases.
- A lot of art students have studios in the alleys by the gate of the Yunnan Art Academy (Yunnan Yishu Xueyuan - Ma Yuan Cun). I've heard there's some good stuff out there. With the market the way it is, though, they're likely to ask several thousand a piece.
- Well Gallery in the Loft usually has some stuff for sale, mostly landscapes though.
- If that doesn't suit you, check out what's left of the bird and flower market, as well as the antique market by Huguo Qiao. There are plenty of cheap Chinese paintings there, and some people dealing in cheap reproductions of old 1930's cigarette ads and Cultural Revolution propaganda posters. Assume they're fake repros and pay accordingly.
Hope that helped.
Though some of the information is bound to be inaccurate or invalid, I think the whole idea of wikipedia and the internet as a whole is that each individual must make his or her own decisions about what to believe. The problem with arbitrarily blocking access to information is that it ignores this ability that is inherent in all intelligent people. Also, the CCP might take issue with what's written about the Long March or the May 4 movement, but so do many young Chinese. When these objectionable sites are blocked, these people are stripped of not just the information, but their ability to counter it with their own opinions and views. I think that much of the anger shown by young Chinese intellectuals during this year's torch fiasco stemmed from the feeling that they have no voice in the international debate about China, and that no one in the West listens to them, assuming that they are all blind victims of propaganda. I think that the filtering of information is highly detrimental to the cultural and political development of the country. But of course, that is the point, isn't it?
Blackberry works in China, but only as a bundle package. It's pretty easy to get a SIM card that has internet service, but GPS is tougher. If you want to use the specific blackberry service, you might want to wait until you get here.
Palms and other smartphones are for sale, unlocked in Kunming.
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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.