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Forums > Living in Kunming > Americans who move to China, only to eat nothing but McDonald's.

@Mag & Dai,

2/3 of the entire human population might be a bit high, but among certain groups its probably a reasonable figure. Europeans/Mid-Easterners/some N Asian populations are more likely to struggle getting all their nutrition from a vegan diet as they're adapted to process dairy more so than other groups. Similarly younger kids need higher intakes of protein for brain growth (which can be had from nuts, dairy, etc, but they need to eat quite a bit of them), and people with iron deficiencies (esp. women) have a hard time getting enough iron intake without meat or very tailored supplements and specific vegetarian diets.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Sony stores /PS4 ?

Yan, just make sure to get an HK to China or HK to US style adaptor. I have a PS3 from HK and I could not get the plugs to fit in most Chinese wall sockets/surge protectors. If you're serious about protecting it from potential shock, try to get an adaptor with a fuse in it (most of the mainland power strips are just splitters, with no surge protection).

Forums > Living in Kunming > Where for work visa?

Note that if you are applying in HK (and prob Thailand/Vietnam) your paperwork from the employer needs to explicitly say that you will be applying at that location, and not your home country. Last time I wa in HK, numerous people were turned away from the visa processing offices and told to go to the country listed on the forms (usually their home country). HK has become way more stringent than they used to be.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Dating Chinese Girls

Again, its not really a witch hunt. Mostly its the case of people living in glass houses throwing bricks. The only reason people even care is because CL (yeah, that's him) /TM/MM/LL go on the forum with some superiority complex, then talks himself in circles asserting his superiority on every front while simultaneously telling everyone how he thinks they should act as "guests" of China.


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It equally seems inappropriate that in a country where people struggle to get adequate nutrition that by you have people driving jaguars & BMWs and innumerable Gucci/Prada/Louis Vuitton boutiques...not to mention the obsessions with smartphones.... c'est la vie I suppose.

So, after a few weeks of trying to get over the shock of the site looking so different, I have to say I still am loathe to come onto GoKunming with the new look. Don't get me wrong, there are great improvements and the site design has some pluses... however, it is not a site design that works with large multicolored advertisements running everywhere. The dark background of the older site made these seem less garish, but the new light color gradually just means that all I see is the ads.

As a second (related) note, this site does look nice on touch devices, but the lack of framing (like the old site had) can make going through the forums or classifieds an irritating experience.

best of luck in the growing pains.


yes, the observatory is part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and is open for educational visits to the public. They have a great observation tower with a sun telescope you can view (which is 7 flights of stairs up an old Maoist era tower—very cool), as well as an older but still cool IMAX dome-style theater where you watch some films about movement of the stars in Yunnan (all in Chinese). There aren't any foreign staff, so the tour would be entirely in thick Kungminghau. There is also a great hole in the wall museum with old astronomical instruments, some meteor fragments and a few exhibits on Chinese astronomy.

When I was there 2 months ago, the old road the connects the observatory to the city had been torn out and we had to drive on muddy clay. It's also pretty far out (near the airportish), and the facility is OLD. Most of the scientists/their families/support staff are really friendly, and most had never seen a foreign visitor before.

If you have enough people who are interested, we could get a minibus and arrange a tour via their sister Zoological institute on Jiaochang Donglu.

I wouldnt exactly call all non-Euro/American principles of land ownership fair and equitable either. Many cultures have cut up the land they lived on and turned oases into deserts—definitely not a new "western" phenomenon. That said, in general the issue of the moon has been settled in principle by international conventions, but enforcement wasn't really included because no one has yet figured out how to extract resources from space and get them back to earth at a reasonable cost. Out of sheer curiosity though, what would be terrible about a country/company owning an asteroid and mining it? Don't get me wrong, seeing the coca-cola logo on the moon wouldn't be fun, but we are not nearly into that realm yet.



Slight unrated update here... I was in again and spoke to Sandra's partner, and he agreed there could be a greater selection of items (especially meat/cheese-wise) so he mentioned that several new products would be coming out shortly. So, not to say that dudeson's review was inaccurate (given his description, it's an entirely fair assessment from his experience), but mostly just to report that there should be some things worth going back to try.