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Forums > Living in Kunming > Kunming Rugby Club match against Chengdu

Heya! The match is absolutely still on. There will be a kid's exhibition match starting at noon, followed by the men's match at 12:45, and then the women's match at 2:45. The matches will be played at the Beida Affiliated school (北大附中) with the closest entrance at the east gate (东门). And the afterparty will take place at the dongfeng O'Reilly's beer garden. Thanks for the support, see you there!

Forums > Living in Kunming > VPN

I use Astrill here and it not only has dozens of locations around the world, but it also has a bunch of features that are great for China use, like a Smart Mode that only tunnels websites that are blocked through the VPN. It also preserves speed so well that I'm able to channel Hulu and Netflix with no issues on wifi. Just my two cents.

Forums > Food & Drink > Chinese cooking classes

Hi there,

Similar to Holly, I have been wanting to learn to cook some local dishes. I understand if this class is getting a little full for one kitchen, but if there's space I'd love to join. My email is theodorebowers(at)gmail[dot]com, hope to hear from you!



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I had more or less been avoiding this place due to the reviews here and the prices, but lately I've been going to silver spoon more and more and continue to be impressed. It's not the fastest service, and it's not the cheapest prices, but the diversity of the menu and quality of the food is pretty unparalleled in the area. Quesadillas, philly cheesesteaks, towering salads, I think it's the most underrated kitchen in Kunming.

The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because if the place is busy at all, food can take a while to come out because there is not enough staff.


Great burgers, cold beers, and good company. What more can you ask for? O'Reilly's really has that "Cheers" feeling of everybody knows your name. The owners are there all the time, the bartenders, chefs, and staff are all friendly, and to top it all off there's free pool and darts! I highly recommend the bacon cheeseburger with a ceasar salad instead of fries and a pint of vedette blonde.


I've been to SSAM twice now, both times getting the lunch box deal but with different dish choices. The food has been delicious each time and the wait staff is attentive but not hovering. The only reason I'm not giving a five-star review is I haven't tried enough of the dishes yet. Big fan, will definitely be back.