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Forums > Food & Drink > Bars near Yunnan University

depends what you call near. Walking distance, maybe not, but there several bars scattered around ChengGong. Try Mojar it's got several fridges full of imported beer, super cheap happy hour (8pm onwards) and mexican/western food.

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Forums > Food & Drink > Romantic dinner

Sofitel has good views but the food is just good rather than superb in my experience. Never eaten at Intercontinental but it should be decent and it's a nice quiet part of town. Or if you have time for a 1-2 hour journey each way and overnight stay, the the Hilton Hotel at Fuxian Lake is beautiful and they have some pretty decent food considering it's quite remote location.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > European football leagues, Chinese web streaming

I can report that the stream quality is pretty good, except for 'ghosting' i.e. when the ball moves very quickly, it becomes slightly transparent, slightly unerving, but otherwise the streams have been smooth on all 5 or 6 games I checked out yesterday. As well as the Premier League which I paid for, I could also access a DFB (German) Cup match and CSL (Chinese Super League) matches, but only with Chinese commentary and almost no stadium sound (why do they do that?).

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Forums > Living in Kunming > European football leagues, Chinese web streaming

just bought my Premier League season pass on PPTV thing on my xiaomi box (connected to my TV) and only cost 258rmb. A steal for 380 matches (though of course many are at the same time so can't watch all of them), but even if I only watch one game a week it'll be a bargain.

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In the UK and probably many other 1st world countries, smoking has been reduced greatly by attacking it from all angles. Huge amounts of tax to pay for the damage it does (and encourage smokers to cut down), huge warnings on the packets, plain packaging, total smoking bans inside public places (which includes bars and nightclubs). It's working. In my generation it is unusual to smoke, and all smokers I knew either gave up or try periodically to give up.
But the UK is a very orderly, polite, rule following country. In China people only follow rules if (1) that's what the majority are doing and (2) they are likely to be caught and heavily fined (i.e. more than 100) for breaking them. Tell the police that they can keep half of the fine money, and watch them get to work!

its illegal to use a prostitute, but not illegal for a woman to sell sex. In other words, the police come down hard on customers, but leave the prostitutes themselves alone

bloody Chinese medicine. It should be illegal to prescribe any substance taken from a wild animal, with long jail sentences for those who persist in doing so. For endangered animals the sentences should be even longer.

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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.

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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)!

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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!

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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.

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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!