Don't think this was mentioned: There are lots of hidden prices and extras (some necessities) that many sites don't mention. Many of the top selling sites pay Taobao to be listed on page 1 or 2 as well. Example: Say you're looking for a tablet computer since Taobao has so many Chinese brands with excellent value for money. You see the first 3-4 shops advertising it for 899 yuan, and the rest from 999 to 1299 or whatever. When you go to check out the 899 site you find out there's no charger, no sd card, no cables, no cover, no HDMI, you name it. Great for some, but most of us need at least some of that stuff. You clock the Option 3 or 4 to get all the extras as well, and ding, the price goes up to 1299 as well or higher, which is the price the other shops used as well.
I've noticed this approach has become more and more common over the past couple of years. Fridge in polished aluminium pictured for 2500? Get in there and find out it's the boring white one for that price. Looking for an electric car for your toddler, 600 yuan? Cool, until you find out that you need to buy a better engine and batteries if you want to to run for more than 5 minutes.
In your price range, I'd definitely go for the Changfeng second hand. There are tonnes of those in China and they're surprisingly reliable. Even if they break down, they can get fixed almost anywhere. If I remember correctly, the 4x4 starts at 120.000 from the dealer, so you'll definitely be able to find a 3-4 years old one for half that. Even in Yunnan. Sean1 is right on the money with his assessment of the 2nd hand market here. I've seen adds for cars with 100.000 km on them, and the owner still wants 90 percent of what he forked over 5 years ago. The Yunnanese are still farmers when it comes to cars.
So I haven't been to Kunming for almost 2 years. I find the searches I've done regarding the metro rather confusing, not being able to find clear info on what's open and running. I assume the light rail to the new airport is fine, so that takes me as far as the Eastern Bus Station I guess. From there, is there a line going to the Wen Miao area or should I just jump into a taxi?
I don't think using a different font -this is assuming they'd even want to give me a new BC almost 2 years in- would do much since his name covers the male/female field and goes way into the date of birth one as well. My consulate told us to get it notarized and legalized but I guess that also means we have to take another trip back to Kunming (gotta love the bureaucracy here), but I'm not sure that even accomplishes anything. The notary public is supposed to translate the document to English, but is he even allowed to write a name he can not truly make out?
Nah, everything was fine with the midwife and the doctors/adm. The problem was fitting a foreign name into the standard birth certificate. Our BC is one of those green ones with everything in Chinese and English, but not enough room for the name. I'm wondering if other foreigners with kids here have/had the same problem. Did you get a standard certificate or is there a special one for foreign names that our hospital just didn't know about or could offer?
Went there yesterday and it totally made my week. Nice decor and friendly staff and a real salad bar. Sadly we both wanted mexican food so I can't really say much about their other courses. The food was great but just a tad spicier would have improved the dish. The best thing was that we almost had the place to ourselves and we could have a quiet conversation without shouting, spitting Chinese people in the background. I realised how much I had missed that since coming here.
We went to Chicago Coffee a couple of days ago and it was a nice experience. The place is cozy with soft comfy chairs (I realized how much I have missed one since coming here) and they have a nice little collection of English language books in the corner consisting mainly of classics and travel litterature. I was looking forward to trying their advertized tortilla bar but it wasn't up and running that evening.
Instead we went for 2 12 inch pizzas -roast chicken and pepperoni- but we quickly realized that 1 would have been enough. Those things are heavy. I am mainly into Italian style pizza but Chicago's double layered pizzas are well worth a try. Their coffee seems to be a bit on the expensive side but people say good things about it and they have got a nice selection. I wouldn't mind dropping by again some day,, hopefully when they've got the tortilla thing going. English speaking staff btw.
Wenshan officials accused of running illegal logging ringPosted by
Good on CCTV. Here I thought they were mainly a mouthpiece.
Chinese bishop, excommunicated by Vatican, ordains new priestsPosted by
Authoritarian ideology vs. authoritarian religion. Not sure who to root for.
Coke accused of collecting classified information in ChinaPosted by
Geogramatt,, Is no problem, no problem. You deserve present for honest. Please tell real name address and I come give you OK foreign friend?
Lijiang blaze destroys old town businessesPosted by
Sounds like a job well done containing it but I do wonder why the fire marshal and the relevant authorities haven't addressed the narrow streets issue previously. There are plenty different types of light/narrow fire engines specifically built for allowing access to such places, and the cost compared to losing Lijiang's old town in the worst case scenario (and the loss of tourist revenue) is negligible. Sadly, in China it is tradition that things have to get really, really bad before they get better.
Official suspended after epic Kunming airport tantrumPosted by
",,so I sincerely apologize (after my company suspended me, threatened to fire me and ordered me to apologize). I am willing to compensate."
A stiff apology is a second insult.