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  • RegisteredOctober 27, 2013
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Forums > Living in Kunming > Recent incident

I don't disagree. It's a data point, or anecdotal if you prefer, which is why I said "It's only one incident...".

And yes, as I have written on these forums before, I have found Chinese people in my experience to generally be friendly and helpful towards foreigners.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Recent incident

Check Gerry Shih's tweets from the past day.

It's only one incident and not nearby, so draw your own conclusions.

This is just FYI. Further discussion here is probably not advisable.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Average rent for small apartment?

Inflation has been running at a rough average of 2% nationally since 2015, so you can expect prices generally to be around 10% higher.

My unscientific impression is that rental rates have gone up by more than that, somewhere in the 10% to 20% range. For the equivalent of your 1500 RMB rental from 2015, this translates to a range of 1650 to 1800 RMB today. Incidentally, that overlaps with satii's estimate above ("1700 imo is still totally doable. 1500 with some luck").

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Forums > Living in Kunming > thumbs up & down

The downvote function was a sensible feature that served some useful purposes as others have described above.

Sadly, it was irresponsibly abused by a number of people. To cite a few examples of senseless/trollish downvoting:

- There was a long period during which Alien/Ishmael would automatically get voted down every time he so much as stuck his head above the parapet.

- Jokes were frequently downvoted (leaving aside my own which may well have deserved it), lending a grim cast to the forums.

- Perhaps the quintessential case was a while back when @bilingualexpat got net -4 votes simply for writing “Most importantly, who knows what sorts of burden and anguish they bear in life? We need to be kinder to each other."

And perversely, even as the downvote system failed to deter trolls from plying their trade in the forums, I suspect it kept away some kinder people because its abuse fostered a climate that could come off as negative and intimidating.

So on balance, I am not sorry to see downvotes go.

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@sezupom wrote: "My only critique is the name "pain campagnard"... such a added-value fancy way of saying country bread to mark up the price of bread."

"Pain campagnard" (or more commonly "pain de campagne") is a specific name used by bakeries in France for a particular type of bread. Just calling something "country bread" in English could mean anything.

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