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  • RegisteredApril 27, 2012
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  • RegisteredApril 27, 2012

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Forums > Living in Kunming > nice massage place?

Hey there. You might consider asking at some of the nicer hotels, like the green lake hotel. You don't always have to be a guest at a hotel in China to get a massage there. Just avoid the seedy ones! I've also heard good things about the Jinfang Forest Hot Springs 金方森林温泉, but it's a day trip.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Apartment painters

Yes, I'm definitely going to tackle the mold with diluted bleach tonight, to see how that helps. The walls are a mess and clearly haven't been painted in ages, so nothing I do could make them worse. I don't need it to look nice. I'm only concerned about breathing better for the next several months, and just want to cover up the mold and crumbles. My landlord will probably be a jerk and take my deposit anyway. Might as well have cleaner air.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Apartment painters

Also, regarding the imported paint: How likely is it that the imported brand is going to be manufactured in China anyway, and thus subject to the same toxicity risks?

Looking at B&Q's Chinese website I only see Nippon and Colours listed as paint brands (I'm presume they have more at the store). Colours brand is also available on B&Q's British site, so I presume it's an imported brand too.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Apartment painters

Wow, I never would have expected paint to be so expensive. Bizarre.

tigertiger: I guess that's to be expected. I don't even want to deal with my landlord, as I just want to cover up the crumbling moldy walls as quickly as possible. Frankly, I'd rather beg for forgiveness than ask for permission. I don't really want to do the painting myself, but I would if I had to. I can buy the paint, but really have no idea what rate a local handyman would charge. If it's a lot, then I can do it myself, but I'm a bit clueless on labor costs. What's the Hanzi for latex paint? Google translate gives me 乳胶漆, but I don't know if that's the common term.

Mike4g_air: So the base primer you are talking about is actually house primer, right? Or are those prices also for automotive paint? Do you know the Hanzi for those primer and reducer? I've never been to B&Q before and don't know if they would be displayed in English or not.


Forums > Living in Kunming > What are your useful apps.?

I second what everyone says here, but would add a few more apps.

WhatsApp: free international texing to other iphone/androids over wifi, or super cheap with data.

HeyWire: same as above, but can text back and forth with non-smart phones in the USA and Canada. It will provide a free USA number for people in the USA to text you at local rates.

My Data Manager: gives you detailed breakdown of wifi and data usage for each app

Data On-Off: Single click button to turn your data on or off to save money.

gStrings: guitar tuner, awesome if you play

Google Sky: hold your phone up to the stars (might have to get out of town for this one) and it tells you the celestial information. Fun!

SMS Backup and Restore: backs up your text messages

Dropbox: online data storage


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Love this place, if for nothing else than their bread. Their baguette is BY FAR the best in the city (yes, I've tried the others). Sure, it's not perfect, but this is Kunming, not Paris or New York.

The service isn't always great, but 99% of restaurants in Kunming have service that Westerners wouldn't like. I've been coming here for years and always been happy. If you notice your food taking too long, walk 10 feet to the bar and ask about it. This has worked for me LITERALLY every time.

Not everyone likes their coffee, but I'm quite partial to their Americano and have been drinking it regularly for ages.

Yeah, some of their sandwiches leave a little to be desired (e.g. the coldcuts are crap, but that's all that seems to exist in Kunming.). The grilled cheese is pretty good *for China* though.


I've eaten here several times and always enjoyed the food. For Kunming, the pizzas are quite good. In my opinion, substantially better than both As You Like and Slice of Heaven. The Pizza isn't perfect, but with the losses of Sandra's and The Box, I'm quite happy to go here for Pizza (haven't tried Rocco's yet). As a northeastern American, I'm always dreaming of finding a proper New York style slice, but some things are not meant to be.

I'm not sure if they are still making brunch with eggs Benedict and grilled tomatoes, as I don't see it on the online menu anymore. Having that one lazy Sunday with a coffee on the rooftop terrace was delightful. Losing that brunch would be a shame.