OK, I'm really curious and maybe there is someone here who has a better grasp of it. Is there any kind of legitimate planning that goes on in the development of this city? It seems like it is just "let's tear up the whole thing at once". Has anyone lived in other cities in China or elsewhere and seen anything like this before?
I usually don't post questions like this. I've lived here long enough to not be shocked by too much but this latest round of "beautifying" has me genuinely confused as to who is steering this ship.
There are so many things I'd like to say but don't have the time to formulate them all, but there's one thing that sticks out in my mind after reading the posts so far that I see is the biggest problem for America.
There is no civilized form of debate anymore in America and this will destroy the country.
Everyone is a 'nut' or a 'crazy' to someone on the other side and we just choose our side and then find people who agree with us to build up the ego we have because we are on the "right side".
There are people who try to make clear arguments with numbers, science, facts and reason but they are completely lost and diluted in all the 'fool', 'crazy', and 'nut' name calling and even those people more than not are diluted to the same kinds of tactics out of sheer frustration. It's fun to watch and I'll be the first to say I've done my share of it but in the end I just feel sad about the whole thing.
I think this is just all a result of selfishness where it becomes more important to feel good about what you believe rather than actually process and believe it.
I've ridden my motorcycle a few times an hour out of Kunming to Spring City Golf Course (on Yangzong Lake) just to visit the club house and have their hamburger. It is honestly one of the best I've had in China. 58 kuai gets you a huge burger with a generous amount of fresh bacon, a good 1/3 lb. of imported beef, lots of cheese, all the fixins and some thick cut fries... after typing that I am jonesing for one...
Not to mention you can sit on the balcony and enjoy the view of the golf course and lake, well worth the trip on a nice day.
Sam_KM, I haven't met you yet but you are quickly becoming my new hero. A place to get Trappist beer in Kunming, you've got to be kidding me? Incredible!
For those beer lovers who haven't had an authentic Trappist, I suggest you start with a Trappistes Rochefort 6 (quite a bargain at 33 kuai). These are some of the highest rated beers in the world and I am still in shock that I can get one (in an authentic trappist glass) in Kunming :)
Anyone who's eaten pizza here knows that, relatively speaking, it's the best pizza in town. Delivery is prompt, eating there gets you nice buttered french bread with your order while you wait. I have found the staff eager to understand and helpful.
Note to Bernie: You mess up the whole review system when you give a place 0 because you like one of their competitors better.
One of the hidden gems in Kunming because it off the beaten path of the culture alley and Wenlin Jie, away from the hustle and bustle of the university area. It's a newly renovated art gallery and cafe. I have eaten here many times and I have never been disappointed. The art is modern and often rotated, the atmosphere is very chic modern and the Swedish meatballs rock. 4 for the food. 5 1/2 for atmosphere. Check the calendar, they have some of the best live music in Kunming too.
I have had two extremely bad experiences with the French Cafe. The food has always been subpar and it seems they just don't try to maintain any kind of quality in the food they serve or the way they train there staff. Their coffee is decent which is about the only good thing I can say. After my last experience there I won't be going back again.