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Forums > Living in Kunming > Chinese driver's license

Test office address is in this forum. They usually don't pick up the phone. Yes you need a notarized translation of your foreign driving license. There is an official translation office a few blocks west of the entry-exit administration bureau - downtown, (same street). Just walk in during office hours. They can do next day translations if needed. Don't know if you can get a driving license with just a tourist visa. The test office needs several things (see this forum for a checklist). The test office is located about 2km directly east of Century city. For the address, see this forum.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Rock Climbing in Kunming

Ok. I have no experience with lead climbing and most equipment. I only did a little bit of indoor climbing.

Do you happen to know any store for decent (climbing) shoes? Doesn't have to be super professional. Just something comfortable and good to use for walls.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Is there an English corner in south Kunming?

South? Plenty of foreigners.
Language corners? We have one in Napa Valley, the USA wine bar (Guandu, near the old town).
Just call me before coming to check if I'm in. My number is 18-68-7150319

PS: people, don't post language corners in Beijing (lu), if someone asks for a language corner in south KM. I know you like to advertise, but please, respect the forum rules.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Interested in Kunming

Why not read up on existing threads before starting a new one with the same questions?

No offense or disrespect. Just hinting at pure IT logic in a forum with over 25,000 posts about a specific province and city.

Also ask your questions more clearly.

PS: there is a search bar.


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The moment something is registered as UNESCO, the place is leached. UNESCO and government both take part of the pot. Never expected to pay $16 to see a ruin that wasn't even maintained with unsafe pathways (not Lijang). UNESCO, just like UNICEF are UN progams, so just do the math. 49.9% for one, 49.9% for the other, 0.1% for the safety-ribbon, and 0.1% for the water-based paint.

This article needs a serious correction. Wanda is owned by the Chinese government, run semi-privately and invested in by shareholders, investment groups and also the government.
Wang Jianlin is rich and he is the chairman. He is not the owner and it's not "his empire".

Hear hear. It's indeed a nice thing for food and food supplements.
If you're interested in trying the highest quality food supplements (including Moringa), contact me. Our new state of the art laboratory and factory work together with Yunnan University and local governments in developing the purest quality food supplements.



Yum Yum burgers! One of those places that needs a moment as they make things themselves and fresh.
Well worth the wait as it's tasty!
Decoration is stylish and the 2nd floor is very good to read a book or do some homework and escape the Kundu noise level.


Expensive, but probably one of the best places in this whole province to find genuine top brands (Prada, Gucci, etc.) for outlet prices.
Their jewelry sections in the basement is also very large but I would never touch any jewelry in China.


Unbeatable priced. Seriously!
Prices start from 25 yuan p/p when you have a member card (deposit money on it).
The theaters are very good and they also show movies in 3D.

They always have the latest movies. Actually, they show most foreign movies in their native language which is awesome as I don't understand much Chinese yet.
Chinese movies are frequently shown with English subtitles.

Just make always sure and ask before attending a show what the language and subtitles are, but I guess that's a given in China :)


Personally this is one of my favorite halal restaurants in Kunming. ^_^

Known well among the upper class of Kunming, it is very classy and is very good for quality business lunches and dinners. Having been here many times, this restaurant truly never lets you down. It's a little more pricey (-or a lot more pricey than your average noodle and rice restaurant), but the staff is very well trained and the food is exquisite and above all safe (they don't serve pork). (this is an absolute pre- when having business dinners as you don't want your guests to become sick).

My favorite dishes:
Steamed whole fish (predator type) in light soy-sauce.
Ground beef and ground peanuts over baked eggplant.
The seafood ice platter (salmon, scallop and snail) is very delicate and good for making a quality impression.


This is one of South Kunming's largest farmers markets. Originally named "seafood market" for its focus on fish, shellfish and other seafood, it now contains a large vegetable, fruit, meat, bakery and dried food selection.