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  • RegisteredJune 9, 2008
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Forums > Living in Kunming > Schools in Panlong

My experience is a little different. My (foreign) son is in Yr2 at a Primary School. Class size 42. No incidents of bullying (as yet). No "bribes" required though we have been voluntarily "generous" with our thank-yous at festival times.
However, don't get me started on the politics, the lack of organisation, the focus on exam scores and the huge amounts of homework....

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Forums > Food & Drink > Memories of Moondog

There are still many areas in the city all shuttered up since the military stopped running them. Wonder if they will be sold off and reopened anytime soon?

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I like the "Getting Away" section of GoKunming, but I'd much prefer to read about lesser known Yunnan places a long-distance bus journey away than large cities which I'd need to fly to. Most of us have job/study commitments, you know!

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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!