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  • RegisteredMay 27, 2008
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Forums > Living in Kunming > Dog Friendly Parks?

The inner part of Green Lake is actually closed to dogs, as are most parks with gates.

Open parks which aren't divided from the surrounding streets are generally open to dogs.

The biggest dog-lover park in Kunming though is Jiaoye Gongyuan, which is next to the Bamboo Temple. It's a very big park, with a lot of surrounding forest, and totally open to dogs (lots of people bring them). The downsides are that you'll probably need a car to get there, and I believe there's an entrance fee.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > American Citizen Voter Registration

The options on the absentee ballots are for whatever voting district you previously resided in.

If you get the absentee ballot directly from your home district, then it will have everything that's on the local ballot for that election: district and state representatives, ballot initiatives, etc.

There's another method, called the Federal Postcard Ballot, which is distributed by the federal government. It covers federal elections only, so this year it would be just for any congress or senate seats that are up for grabs.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Getting a Mortgage in Kunming

I looked into it a few years ago, and at that point at least, it wasn't about regulations, but about what the banks were willing to do.

Only a handful of banks, mostly international ones, were willing to give mortgages to foreigners, which I guess is because they need to know how to take international legal action in case of default.

The problem is, of those banks, none of the ones I looked at were willing to do it in Kunming. They were only offering the service in a few key markets with much larger foreigner populations.

As for the requirements for buying a house, they're pretty lax. I believe there's a rule on the books about proving you've been a legal resident in Kunming for more than a year, but I'm not sure if it's being enforced right now.

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@joelthegsmith:

You can start by wandering around this website. There are tons of listings, stories and forum posts about things to do. The holiday will be long over then, so you don't need to worry about the closings listing above

Voltaire: Sure you're not reaching a bit there? The whole collection of the old location is being shifted to the new site, and the old facility will now house an already-existing art museum that will now expand its collection.

Political sterility may be an issue with official museums, but I don't see the shifts in locations having any central role in that.

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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.

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When I first visited the Park soon after it opened, I realized that I hadn't set foot inside Green Lake Park in a few years. It's a beautiful place, but I simply did not enjoy All the noise and crowds that had come to define it after admission became free (down from a whopping 2 kuai, IIRC).

But James built a nice, quiet place in a beautiful old courtyard there, and I came to spend a lot of time there.

James and co built a really good menu, a very comfortable place and an unrivalled whisky list, the perfect recipe for a community hang-out, or even a quiet place to sip coffee and read in the sun during the day.

Thanks, James and everyone else at the Park, for making such a great place. We will all miss it, and look forward to seeing whatever it is you do next.

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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.

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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.

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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.