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Forums > Living in Kunming > Driving in Yunnan.

I have done the trip to Dali and furthur south a few times,,but a few years in the past and cant remember the tolls (claimed them anyway so didn't pay much attention), but my advice is that driving in most parts of Yunnan (read out of KM) is a really nice thing to do, and definitly having a car when you get to either of those places is such a big plus in terms of freedom of movement that I would suggest you drive, even though it will be more expensive than a flight after you consider fuel and tolls ( a smaller amount by far).

Forums > Living in Kunming > Any Expat Families with Kids in Kunming Public Schools?

At 3 years kids in China can go to kindergarten (小班,young class), its not til 6-7 they start elementary here.

Most if not all local kindergartens and elementarys can take foreign kids, its just a problem to get them in as the good ones are often without spaces unless you are "connected".

Registration is done by each school and normally involves many trips until the right people are met.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Fake Apple Store in Kunming

If you look at the Apple site then you can see that Xinya is Apples "better" re-seller in Kunming, but there are about 13 in total.

I thought the pic of the guy giving the photographer the bird was great.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Is aborting girls really still so common?

I have seen similar situations in my kids classes in kindi and primary, with at least 60-70% boys in the class. But to be fair it seems there are more girls in Yunnan schools as a % than in the north China city we lived previously.

I read somewhere (no idea where) that on average the first child is more likely to be a boy, this alone would help to explain the higher % of boys in China. Then with some parents wanting boys only,,

You can already read on the internet that poorer men in China are already buying relativly cheaper wifes from Laos, Vietnam etc I guess this can only continue.

Imagine Kundu in 20 years,,,


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I think that problem is that airlines are sht scared of having an accident so they are way over cautious when it comes to grounding their planes. I remember once "trying to" fly out from Guangzhou to find my airline was not flying while another airline continued to fly. It seems these decisions are made by the airline not the airport, which also explains a bit why the airport might not have up to date information on flight disruptions.

Apart from freight and luggage,, every things seems back to "normal",, but,,, as I was waiting to pick people up at the airport today there seemed to be a large number of people picking up bags after their flights were cancelled.

I flew in yesterday and had no problems,,so its seems your mileage may vary.

Snow in the north of China caused some flights to those areas being cancelled today.



when we renovated we took our workmen to B&Q to select materials from their excellent range if samples. Then with that list in hand we went to the construction market near Mingbo bridge and got the same materials at either half or one third of the B&Q price.

It's a good place for window shopping.