BillDan - yes, you're right. Robert's is a private language school, primarily catering for kids. I got confused by your use of "school" which doesn't imply college/uni in British English. Sorry! Robert's arranges "Residents Permits" for it's foreign teachers - valid for a year, multiple entry.
Queensway - I think perhaps you've been misinformed. I'm not aware of any "alcolohics" having worked for the school. With about 100 staff, people do join and leave now and again, but teachers being "fired" is extremely rare. That's partly due to the robust screening, training and support given to new teachers. Foreign teachers, for example, have to be be well-qualilfied and professional (degree/TEFL/experience) in order to qualify for the Resident's Permit.
I've worked at Robert's School for four years very happily. They have centres around Kunming. Run by an English guy and his Chinese wife, it has a great atmosphere and is definitely in it for the "education" rather than just as a "business". It's one of the largest private language schools in Kunming and has been around for 10+ years. They usually have vacancies for professional, qualified foreign teachers, and will arrange work visas for foreigners who join the school. The main HQ is near JianSheLu, NW of Green Lake. Contact is [email protected] or drop me a PM.
I used Richland hospital for some time. They were friendly and there was little waiting to see an English-Speaking doctor. They were able to perform a wide variety of (fairly expensive) tests. However, I didn't get any better and some of their "treatments" made things worse over time. I'm afraid I lost confidence in them after 3-4 months. On my final visit they couldn't find an English-speaking doctor and I haven't been back since. .... just my personal experience to add to the advice!
I've experiences difference experiences to tigertiger's. I passed the Chinese driving test last year and am continually amazed at how frequently Chinese drivers ignore or break what are (supposedly) the driving laws. It's as if they pass the test (presumably - many cheat, I know) and then do whatever they like. But I do agree that studying for the test is better than "cheating" your way through it. Chinese road signs and traffic rules are often different form western ones and it helps to know what you should be doing (even if nobody else seems to be)!
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Prague cafe used to be my favourite cafe in Wenlin area but I went for lunch there today after a few months away and it's really gone downhill (new owners?). The menu was a photocopy, the food was lacklustre and much more expensive than before, the decor was dull and the service so-so. I won't be back there anytime soon.
It's open! And it's free. And its terrific for kids.
The museum is surprisingly interactive (although only 2/3 of the attractions are working) and modern (VR, simulators, touchscreens, etc). Sadly, no English on any of the displays but the fun is in trying to work out how the exhibits work and what they are supposed to be showing. Well worth a visit.
Much improved from a few years ago. Lots of interesting displays, with Plenty of English language translations. Nice open area in the middle where kids can have a run around. And it's free.
The Bird and Flower Market hosts a Flea Market on Saturdays and Sundays, 9am to 6pm. There's 30-40 people selling stuff, but nearly all of it is "ancient" coins, comics, badges, ceramics, Mao memorabilia etc. The vendors have official-looking lanyards and numbered pitch sites. Nice for tourists, but not the free-for-all I had hoped for.
This place is worth a visit although it's some way out of town and ticket prices are 200+ RMB per adult (the annual family pass is only 900 RMB though).
In "Ocean Park" you have a large aquarium, and dolphin/seal/beluga whale shows. The "Snow Park" there is huge indoor refrigerated building with various ice slides, aerial walkways, skiing, skating, ice sculptures etc. In addition the theme park has funfair rides and a circus (note: inc some animal performances). These are all part of the entrance fee. You could easily spend a whole day here or two days including travel from Kunming.