One thing that I don't think has been mentioned is green space. Kunming could do with a few more more parks in central areas. Hangzhou and Suzhou are lovely in this regard.
2 more points; one serious, one slightly trollish:
1) The 'greatest' cities in the world (London & New York) are such interesting places because they are mixing pots of many peoples and cultures. One of the nice things about Yunnan is the ethnic/cultural diversity. A pity then that Kunming does not really have the culinary diversity and pedigree that you would expect of a city of its size (though perhaps a certain somebody will disagree). Having said that, there are a couple of reasonable sushi restaurants, and some okayish Korean food. If you want to live in China, there are many worse places than here, but there may be better - anyone? If you could combine the best things about Hangzhou and Kunming, you'd have a pretty awesome place to live.
2) 'Colonialists' have kind of a bad name, but the nicest urban areas in China are the ones where there were foreign concessions. The Europeans knew/know how to build nice buildings and cities. China could learn a lot about civilised behaviour from other countries...
So if I've understood correctly:
You will be making a better than HK salary in a city where apartments and food cost much less. Seems like a smart move to me. My biggest gripe with here is the lack of food hygiene. Its not hot enough for places to bother with refrigerators, it seems, so food is left sitting out all day, slowly going bad. I've had (probable - can't know for sure) food poisoning 4 times in 3 months. As HF said the pollution isn't bad compared with most Chinese cities, but it is dusty from the continual construction.
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a very pleasant park with a tall pagoda you can climb and take photos of the city if you wish. Roses in summer, blossom in spring, nice lawn to sit on, bbq areas.
Recently the food seems to be better. Decent steak at a decent price, decent pizza, some decent wine, and the music is more suitable these days (Rammenstein wasn't the right mood music for Cantina)!
Had lunch - grilled chicken on top of mashed cuttlefish and a salad. The chicken was tasty and well cooked, and there was plenty of meat/fish to fill up even a hungry person. The salad was overdressed and nothing special - I won't order one next time. The service is a decent imitation of what you might find in the west. A large menu of food and drink. A nice civilised place to go for food or drink, but some of the dishes (i.e. the steaks) are very pricey. You could easily spend 300rmb+ per person here. Equally, it is possible to have lunch for under 60rmb per person (as we did). Warning - the bottle of water on each table costs an eye watering 48rmb! Don't be a sucker by opening it!
Went for a spot of lunch. Best pizza I've had in Kunming by some distance. In fact, one of the best pizzas I've ever had - quality ingredients, thin base, cooked to perfection. Sashimi salmon tasted very fresh and was well presented. The drinks are expensive, and one of the waiters was letting the side down by being a bit scruffy and impolite (hence not 5 stars), but definitely go and try the pizza.
Pretty mediocre burgers accompanied by completely overcooked 'fries'/chips. Drafty, a bit smelly, and infested with mosquitos and noisy teenagers. Soup not bad but nothing special. Nothing French about the decor or atmosphere (there isn't any outdoor seating). Haven't tried the coffee. I hope it will close and be replaced by a decent bar or restaurant. A burger bar with the Moondog chef in the kitchen would be perfect, and with Brooklyn just a few metres away way would make a great little foreign food and drink scene!