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  • RegisteredAugust 18, 2012
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Forums > Living in Kunming > Where can I buy 35 mm film here?

Well once upon a time I used to be a photographer and have used thousands of rolls of film and in the process have created a lot of pollution. I don’t blame myself for that; it was normal at the time and we didn’t know better. At this day and age one can no longer say so.
If you still think film is better then you are or a snob or ill informed and if you use Polaroid then you probably indeed are a ghost hunter.
Polaroid went bankrupt last in 2009 and all instant picture cameras since where digital with a small printer inside. There are still some Polaroid original’s which come with the warning: “This product can expose you to chemicals including Styrene and Benzene, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. This product can expose you to chemicals including Titanium Dioxide, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer.”
Yes you can still use some Polaroid camera’s with film made by third party producers (One called Impossible who simply copied the process) or use Fuji Instax film with cameras made for that format.

The name Polaroid is still around but they sell digital cameras.
The good thing with all these original instant cameras (instead of cameras with a build in printer) is that the resulting pictures are bleaching away in a couple of years so the embarrassing low quality will be erased from history over time.
“Real” film lovers probably use typewriters as well instead of a word processor and an abacus instead of a spreadsheet which is fine to me apart from the fact that film is polluting the environment for all of us. Thus not 100% Ok…. Period.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Where can I buy 35 mm film here?

The standard answer to “where can I buy” applies here as well. On Taobao, Tmall and JD.com
PS: stop buying this outdated and polluting material. Digital nowadays beats film. Cheaper and better for the environment and it saves money.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Average rent for an apartment

The cheapest rent posible is something else than "Average rent". 1 bedroom is as well not an apartment. Be more specific. There is quite a difference as well between old town and something in the subs.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Dog Friendly Kunming

Some days ago I notised somebody with a cat bagpack. Basically a large daypack with solid sides and a look out / look in grid.
Made me think of John Steinbeck's book Travels with Charley.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Motor cycle stores in Kunming

Since motorbikes are basically forbidden in Kunming and completely replaced by e-bikes, it is hard to find a motorbike shop. In any rural town it is much easier to find motorbike shops than in Kunming. Mind you only for Chinese bikes.
There are some dealers for second hand imported western bikes in Kunming and some dealers for the show-off brands like Indian and HD. Prices for both new and second hand are outrageous.
There is a specific whole sale market that basically supplies all the small rural shops in Yunnan with parts in Kunming but they hardly ever sell complete bikes. I managed to find things like a fitting helmed and gloves there as well as spare parts. This however some years ago. This market is already for years in decline because there is no Kunming based customer base anymore and rural shops have moved on to purchasing their parts on line.
Nonetheless if you like to visit this place it is on Jinma road just east of the second ring road.
Follow the link below to see the entrance on the Chinese version of Google street view. (You can enlarge and shrink the map on the right bottom to locate yourself).
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