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Forums > Living in Kunming > Help traffic tickets

When I bought my car, a Chinese friend helped me buy, get insurance, & register it. Because he did everything for me, he had it set up to send him a text message when I got a ticket.

I've had our van over 5 years, and every year I get two or three tickets. However, this year it all went bad. I didn't realize Kunming was cracking down on driving, and since I didn't get the text messages, I didn't even know I was getting tickets.

Today, I learned I have 14 tickets. Most of them are in the exact same intersection for the same violation. I had not idea I would bet a ticket because I changed to another lane at an intersection when the lane had turned solid.

I think this ticket carries

a 200RMB fine and 2 or 3 points. As I mentioned, I have like 14. I was told there is an app named 12123. Using this app, you can see the picture of your violation and even pay the ticket without a deduction of points. Is this true? Has anyone ever used the app. I am in a real pickle and not sure what I need to do to pay the fines without losing my license. Ugh!

Forums > Living in Kunming > to have babies in thailand

We live in Kunming and had 2 babies in Bangkok.

I can't say enough how great it was.

The level of care was excellent and the service was great too.

Our babies were born at Samitivej Hospital Sukhumvit which is a private international hospital.

We've also had medical at Bumrungrad International Hospital.

Both were great.

Both hospitals have NICUs if anything were to go wrong.

At Samitivej Hospital Sukhumvit there is a natural birthing wing that is awesome.

You will get a private room during labor, delivery, and postpartum and dad is in the room the entire time.

The care you receive at both hospitals will meet and perhaps exceed western expectations.

All doctors and nurses also speak English.

You'll need to fly to Thailand around 36-37 weeks.

It's only an hour and a half flight and I had no issues at all.

We came home with our new babies when they were 2 weeks old, and had no issues there either.

It was no big deal at all flying back with a newborn.

We are American and the embassy is in Bangkok, so it was super easy to get a passport for them as soon as they were born.

We went to the Chinese embassy and got a visa for them right before we came back.

For us it was a great experience and I'd be happy to answer any questions for you.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Long term parking at the airport

My wife and I are going on a short trip tonight. Our flight leaves late tonight (Tuesday), and we get back late Friday night.

I am considering driving and parking at the airport. A Chinese friend told me said he heard parking was 60RMB a day. He told me he thought the total bill to park at the airport would be around 200RMB.

To take a taxi from my place is about 110RMB each way, and to hire a driver is about 150 each way. Therefore, to drive and park is cheaper and more convenient. Can anyone confirm that the price is 60RMB a day to park at the airport?


Forums > Travel Yunnan > Places to Stay in Lijiang

Does anyone have any good recommendations for places to stay for a few nights in Lijiang?

We aren't wanting a super expensive hotel, but not a cheap hostel either.



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I read on someone's facebook that they had read that this was a result of the city shutting off the drainage because they didn't want water getting into the new subway line. This person's same post said that 300 people have been killed as a result. Is this true...have any of you heard the same?

Yea, great article. Thanks for writing this. Rocco is a great man, and he has some of the best food in Kunming.

I want to tell one story about Rocco. Last year when he was near Wenlin Jie, a friend and I went to eat at Rocco's. While we were eating, someone tried to steal my friend's electric bike. In the process, they messed up the locking system on the handlebars. As a result, my buddy couldn't unlock the steering column. Rocco found out what happened,and him and an employee helped us carry the bike up his stairs and into his restaurant to store for the night. The next day when my friend went to see about the bike, Rocco had sent an employee down the street to find someone to fix the steering column, so the bike was ready to go when he arrived. There aren't many people who would do this for a complete stranger.

We have tried to go often to eat at Rocco's to say thanks. Everything is so good. My wife's favorite is the gnocchi with white sauce. I love the pumpkin raviolis, but everything I have ever eaten has been good. If you haven't eaten at Rocco's go. This is a great man who cares about the quality of his food, and he is willing to go out of his way to help a stranger.



After my last post, I was able to talk with one of the owners, and he bent over backwards to make things right. In the end, I was able to get my draft beer special. Also, there was a new menu with new items. My wife had the fried chicken bites, and I had the Mexican cheeseburger. Both were excellent. Kudos for the food and great ownership.


My wife and I have been a to Magiano's twice in the past few months, and we have been super pleased both times.

Last night, we ordered pizza (it came with freshly graded parmesan cheese), pasta, & a risotto dish. All three were excellent. Besides great food, we were served freshly baked bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for free. To top it off, the owner brought us a small piece of American ribeye to taste for free.

The wait staff was very attentive, and every time my water glass was empty, they were over to our table in just a few seconds to fill it.

We were able to eat for a little more than 200rmb. This might sound expensive to some; however, I thought it was a great deal considering we got bread and three dishes. We will certainly be giving them our business again.


I am not familiar with Hongshan Dong Lu. What area of town is this, and what is it near.

My wife and I would love to come try your restaurant.