Forums > Study > learning Chinese from the beginning..
Pleco is excellent. Been using it for over 10 years.
It is a work in progress with 81 lessons online. Also has MP3 files for pronunciation help.
Alien is quite right. My trips to the wet market was fun, bargaining, arguing, joking with the ladies over prices. You also get to experience local speakers accents and dialects.
BTW Pleco on your mobile can be very useful but do realize many people in the wet market can't read much.
Forums > Travel Yunnan > Airline Recommendation: Beijing to Kunming
I would fly to Beijing 4 or 5 times a year. I learned to avoid China Eastern.
Forums > Living in Kunming > tourist visa PSB
Alien, I agree the process is painless. Never had a problem showing up on Monday or even a day or two late.
In fact, the ladies that do the registration get to know you so it is all smiles, then you wait a few minutes. Then they give you your passport and the Registration Voucher and you say 好好，好的, with profuse 谢谢谢谢,再见,再见! A big smile helps too.
Forums > Living in Kunming > What are they spraying in the air?
Back in the day, tanker trucks would pump water out of the sewers to be used for watering roadside trees and plants. Maybe even washing down streets. You will notice Chinese are desperate to avoid contact with water sprayed by trucks.
Forums > Travel Yunnan > Kunming > Macau
When I had to go to Hong Kong, I would fly to Zhuhai, stay in a much cheaper hotel, and go to HK by ferry for the day. Macau is just a walk across the border.
It seemed to be cheaper but I had friends and clients in HK, Zhuhai and Macau who booked flights and hotels for me with good discounts. Not sure about costs these days. Zhuhai airport is a bit out of town but a shuttle bus met the flights. Not sure about costs these days.