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Forums > Living in Kunming > Youtube Alternative without VPN

Naturally big corporations will continue to use their own VPN setups to their foreign offices.

The state regulations specifically mentioned allowing purchase of leased lines from Chinese network operators for such purposes.

I haven't looked, but I doubt that these are affordable for companies smaller than MNCs.

And I think that is the reason why the authorities are still not preventing all VPN traffic (except for special occassions) even if they could.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Youtube Alternative without VPN

@Ishmae: "anyone can watch youtube with a VPN and anyone can have a VPN"

Not sure what that was about, but providing VPN services in China is illegal across the country (well "mainland" anyway), and in some jurisdictions in China individuals even just using VPN clients have been punished.

So, yes maybe anyone can, but so can anyone try to rob a bank or start a revolution.

And that last part is why Chinese government wants to nanny the nation.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Carpet Cleaners in Kunming

Regardless the age of this blast, as current information I'll share that at least in our neighbourhood the nearest laundry store (that also does dry cleaning) offers service to pick up rugs and return them cleaned.

Don't recall prices, but it depends on expected amount of work, nor do I think they do in-house cleaning if that's what is needed.

This is a chain store, but not remarkably bigger or otherwise standing out from any other random laundry store in the area. So those are what I'd recommend to check, if anyone has this problem.


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Since this website serves foreigners (and locals) not just in Kunming but wider in Yunnan province, I wonder if something to reflect that could be arranged in regards of this PSB cooperation.

At least my personal observations of matters related to organized crime is not so much in Kunming, but outside it.

The first episode left a bit hasty picture. in my opinion in line with what Kunming is - a crossroads city to spend a day, max two, on way to other tourist sites in the province..

Personally I would have liked seeing more in depth stuff, not just the 2-3 highlights available on any travel guide.

But probably cannot do much more in few minutes show, and also why I don't epect much more from the coming episodes.

@vicar: "I know how to keep toilets clean"

In most public toilets in city (and beyond) that I have seen, they have a cleaning person stationed on the premises. I don't know know if they even go home for nights.

In many countries that alone would be considered a huge investment, but obviously not in China.

Development brings changes to old rituals as well.

About two years ago I was in a funeral ceremony of a close relative-by-law deep in Changning county in eastern Baoshan prefecture.

The deceased was not really an Yi, but was written off as such in the population records. Rest of the family, as well as most of the villagers, were Yi.

New regulations from authorities state that the deceased may no longer be just buried like they were in past. Instead, they must now always be cremated. I assume this is to save valuable farmland in the mountains, and perhaps for hygiene reasons as well..

Since this cremation is done in a separate facility, it means that the deceased (and his or her left-behind spirit), who previously remained in the family house until buried, have to be taken out of the house for cremation and then returned to the house in a small coffin.

The spirits are known to have some temper, so much care is always put to making them happy.

In that specific village, this was the first case of implementing the new regulations. The ritual specialist had to establish new rituals so the spirit could safely travel outside the house and then return.

Wooden stools were lined in the courtyard, and a line was attached to them to form a kind of bridge, which the spirit could use to leave the household and then return there for further rituals. Firecrackers naturally escorted the way.

This was a variation of a case where somebody would die (accidentally for example) outside of the house. In that case, a similar pathway would be created so the spirit could return to the house for rituals, before usually returning to the mountains where the death occurred.

I was told of a spirit of a man who lives in the nearby mountainside. At that time guns were still allowed, and the poor guy fell to his death when taking a shot at a wild goat or similar animal.

On top of the mountain there are half a dozen shrines for everyone who has died in the mountains. Visitors to the mountain top are expected to kowtow to each of these shrines, or risk wrath of the spirits on their way down.


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