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  • RegisteredJune 9, 2008
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Forums > Food & Drink > "Wedding Banquet" venues?

Just for the record, we've gone for a buffet at Grand Park Hotel. Not the cheapest option, but more reasonable than we expected. Thanks for all your previous advice which was really helpful.

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Forums > Food & Drink > Bangkok Cafe

I went to BKK Cafe for a meal noon yesterday and it appears to be closed. Anyone know it that's the case. Permanently?

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Found "Ikea" in Kunming

@Maude
The mythical Fake Ikea "behind Walmart" [...this sounds like a Tolkien quest...!] is to the west of Walmart, opposite Robert's School of Languages. Small entrance leading to a larger display area.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Facebook?

Ha, indeed. I hadn't really thought about non China residents using the site. Does anyone know what % that accounts for?

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Having been told I HAD to take part in this survey (for the second year running) and guided towards choosing Kunming as top in all categories I can assure the results are meaningless. Even if you have travelled to many of the alternative cities (as I have) it's unlikely you will have lived and worked in many of them, so commenting on local governmental attitudes to and services for expats is a nonsense. But hey, well done Kunming (I guess... 5th out of 10??)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Disappointing. We travelled to the end of the subway in ChengGong and took a Dididche to get to this place and see the "famous floral displays". But all the tulips are in a smallish greenhouse with a 30RMB fee. We wandered down by the lake instead (for free) which was OK. There are paths around the wetlands area according to maps, but we didn't have time/energy to explore them. Come for the wetlands perhaps, but give the "famous flowers" a miss!