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  • RegisteredMay 27, 2008
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Forums > Living in Kunming > Art Exhibits in Kunming

The GoKunming events calendar and venue listings are your friends.

Contemporary Gallery Kunming focuses on contemporary, and does local and international artists, but mostly focuses on older, successful artists.

IWE Museum, up on Xishan, has a similar focus, with maybe more modern and traditional art in the mix.

Wenlin Museum, in the basement under the Xinjianshe Movie Theater on Wenlin Jie, does lots of very short shows, and highlights a lot of students and young artists.

Probably the best place for discovering the local scene, and maybe showing your own work, is GAH (Gallery Art Hub) at Brewery Hill, aka Paoluda Creative Park.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Old Yunnan painting

Gravure is the name for a type of printing that is done using a rolling cylinder. The description provided could be wrong, but that's what it says.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Old Yunnan painting

If it's gravure, then the original printing plate is actually a cylinder. Also, the characters would be backwards (which they're not).

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Transferring cash out of China

Your Chinese bank account can handle wire transfers to any international bank account, but you need to provide the documentation. As a foreigner, you need to show proof that the money was legally earned and taxed in China. This can be provided by your employer's HR, or your CPA if you're a business owner. Chinese citizens can also transfer up to 50k USD per year with much less hassle.

Wire transfer is good for large amounts of money (from about 1000 USD up), because it is generally a flat rate of about 150 RMB per transfer.

The fees are for using the SWIFT system, and will be charged whether or not you open an account with a sister branch abroad. A Bank of China account overseas is, for all intents and purposes, the same as having an account with any foreign bank. There's no advantage there.

Simply pulling the money out at an overseas ATM from your Chinese bank card can actually be quite cheap. I just pulled 1000 USD in the states the other day, and between the fees and exchange rate, it cost me about 70 kuai. I've heard of people mailing a bank card home to friends or relatives to withdraw money using this method. Note that there is theoretically a limit of 100k CNY a year for this method, regardless of citizenship or employment status.

I haven't tried Paypal or Moneygram, but every legal method in China will be subject either to the 100k CNY annual limit, or the same documentation requirements described above. It really just comes down to cost and convenience.

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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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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.