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Forums > Living in Kunming > Chinese driver's license

All information above might per 2013 be outdated.
You might have heard that by the first of January 2013 new traffic regulations come into effect. This means as well that per that date the examination system will be changed. The non Chinese examination (Read; in English) is not ready yet and it is unclear when that will be. This means that examinations will only be in Chinese for the time being.
This means that one still has till the end of this year, well Thursday 27 to do the theoretic examination (Foreigners can only do examinations on Thursdays).
I found out last Monday and did the Motorbike examination yesterday. I passed thus don't have to go for my last shot on the 27th. But it shows that id one is familiar with the material one can do it in a few days.
The examination as it is now means learning all the questions and answers (Even when they are wrong) and is thus more of a memory exercise than a real test to see if you understand the matter. 5 years ago I did the previous test and that was far worse and included having to memorise the whole Chinese traffic code. The examination has thus improved and it is hoped that the next one will be even better and more practical.

The address and phone are still the same but inform thus first if they already do examinations in English before you go there.

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > How To Apply For A China Driver's Licence

All information above might per 2013 be outdated.
You might have heard that by the first of January 2013 new traffic regulations come into effect. This means as well that per that date the examination system will be changed. The non Chinese examination (Read; in English) is not ready yet and it is unclear when that will be. This means that examinations will only be in Chinese for the time being.
This means that one still has till the end of this year, well Thursday 27 to do the theoretic examination (Foreigners can only do examinations on Thursdays).
I found out last Monday and did the Motorbike examination yesterday. I passed thus don't have to go for my last shot on the 27th. But it shows that id one is familiar with the material one can do it in a few days.
The examination as it is now means learning all the questions and answers (Even when they are wrong) and is thus more of a memory exercise than a real test to see if you understand the matter. 5 years ago I did the previous test and that was far worse and included having to memorise the whole Chinese traffic code. The examination has thus improved and it is hoped that the next one will be even better and more practical.

The address and phone are still the same but inform thus first if they already do examinations in English before you go there.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Computer Market?

Indeed Yuangtong North street. There where is connects with Yuanxi road is a big store that has all you can get including photographic equipment. The shops in 121 street are of a lower level of product quality and service.

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Yunnan Railway Museum

What you have been visiting is the rolling stock exhibition hall (annex to the museum) where some real trains and wagons are on display (Including a train from Burma) The actual museum has been closed for some time because of the construction of the new metro. (The museum is in the old North Railway station which is right on top of Beijing Lu).
I was told that a new museum might be opened in 2014.
While I was there the staff changed the sign with opening hours. Now they open one hour earlier at 09:00 in the morning. The museum stays open till 16:00.
The rolling stock exhibition hall is located west of the museum. (About 200 meters left along the railway line if you are coming from the city centre inside a living compound.)

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Is there still drought?

Sorry to see people with a very limited experience write comments on this forum. Yes there is plenty of water in Yunnan but mostly in rivers that just passes through. The higher places that are dependent on rainfall, and Kunming is part of that, lack water. Indeed some of it is due to bad planning and wastage but in general there has not been enough water for Kunming but especially for farmers that are dependent on it. When I travelled through the province just before the rain season I was shocked about how dry the countryside was and how low, even dry, the reservoirs are. Even natural lakes have much lower levels and wetlands are drying out. Not only that but the damage caused by wild fires has been enormous.
However; and I think that was the question, the water supply in Kunming is largely back to normal and even when it was restricted it was still manageable for house hold use by filling up some buckets during the supply period. Mind you, I was glad that I was not running a restaurant or something like that during the restricted period.
To put things in perspective. The Kunming water use is about 100 litres/person/day. The bare minimum is 5 litres/person/day (UNHCR Guidelines)
Anyway hardly anybody drinks the water (Also that is quite posible) and one commenly has 18 litres drinking water supplied for a few kuai at home nearly 24/7.

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With the limited amount of taxis in Kunming it is quite possible to make a living during non-rush-hour hours. I several times spend travel times exceeding at least twice the normal time during rush-hours. This means that more trips can be done during non-rush-hours thus the hourly income is higher (And the frustration lower) than during rush-hours. To remedy this a rush-hour surcharge could be introduced but then everybody would be complaining that things are to expensive.

This is the parking place of the Tiger Leaping Gorge. Looks like it happened at night because during the day this parking is full of cars and busses. The road is on the left of the picture and must be closed off as well. Clearing this will take some time because one cannot push the debris just over the edge because there is the Tiger Leaping Gorge itself. Might be nice to have a second big stone laying in the middle of the stream but that rock is bit too large to move in one piece.

As usual in reports in the local press the numbers are wrong. The big rock in the middle alone is 30 cubic meters (compared to the buildings in the back). The debris must be chopped up and even blasted to smaller pieces and then carted off. Pity that these horrible plaster murals on the hillside have not been destroyed.

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