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Forums > Living in Kunming > China Announces ‘National Campaign to Clean Up’ In

@janjal
Depends on one's perspective on social engineering. Personally - I believe it begins with the family unit and the individual. Education outside the family unit doesn't consistently address the issues of personal responsibility, respect, honor, integrity, etc.

Pushing culture and behavior off to the government is doomed if the government itself is clinically dysfunctional.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Pool/Snooker Halls in Kunming

There are many pool halls around bar areas. They're USUALLY upstairs somewhere.

The Park Bar & Grill in the middle of Green Lake definitely also has a single pool table (wish they had a foosball table, too hint hint hint), but perhaps a little out of area for you - but really really really nice, quiet place to congregate - especially the outdoor patio.

And...the Turtle has pool competition nites on Thursday nites..(see the calendar).

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Forums > Living in Kunming > China Announces ‘National Campaign to Clean Up’ In

Murder is already illegal in the USA, as is mass murder, and discharging firearms with intent to murder on schools (and anywhere for that matter). More rules for "gun control" will have the same effect as the USA's experience with banning alcohol and liquor over 100 years ago, which created some of the USA's most violent and famous gangsters (aka Al Capone et al).

Gun control laws are knee-jerk reactions and largely impotent, but make people who think irrationally and emotionally "feel" safer, but in reality accomplishes nothing, as criminals, terrorists, and crazy people generally don't obey laws.

Making laws for people who don't obey laws is logically and rationally insane. Making MORE laws for people who already obey the basic common sense laws - is oppressive and annoying, but here we are today.

The USA has a USD 100 BILLION a year drug problem, over USD 1 BILLION a year goes to Hezbollah's criminal and terrorist drug-based fund raising activities on US soil - which gives criminals, terrorists, and crazy people essentially unfettered access to true military style weapons if they have the money - which they do - not the "look alike" stuff that sends gun control advocates into insane emotional frenzies.

ALL of the gun controls that are advocated or have been historically implemented are easily circumvented - that's what criminals, terrorists, and crazy people do.

This ONLY applies to the USA (apologies again in advance for those tired of US vomit) - don't know about other countries.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > China Announces ‘National Campaign to Clean Up’ In

@janjal
Thanks for you thoughts and opinions - respect.

Taking the analogy out one more relationship removed, yet again. If we were now to apply this to say something less incendiary, such as domestic vehicles, ownership and operation - which is near and dear to us all in KM - to include the random, chaotic, and entropic e-bikes and scooters, how would this topic now read - assuming anyone would actually agree with such an insane analogy?

Western cultures are typically focused on individual rights. Asian and most especially Chinese culture is focused on social behavior. Although I believe the goals are the generally the same for most rational people - the approaches and perhaps perspectives are diametric.

Applying this to medicine - western medicine traditionally tended towards the topical or symptomatic, which can be spectacularly effective, if we don't include the short and long-term side effects. Chinese medicine generally (not always, but generally) tends toward the holistic or systemic - usually takes forever to take effect.

China engineers society - it's social engineering. Western cultures engineer individual rights. Both want to make the world a better place in theory - so the goals, I believe, are similar - but the perspectives, approaches and methodologies differ.

Just my opinion and it's probably insane as I doubt any sane rational person thinks like that.

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I seem to see quite few people, including kids, using the various systems, so in that regard, assuming it's economically sustainable, I personally think it's a great idea, with tremendous social value.

As for the very valid issues raised above, the system will have some growing pains as the operators and the cities learn to coexist with this new emerging social and business model.

Great article and introduction to Keats. I noticed the article did NOT touch on employee loyalty and retention programs (at the cost of profit). Keats may wish to address this kind of core infrastructure in the future, at the appropriate time.

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Met a friend after dinner for drinks and chat up on the rooftop patio/bar. Music was a little loud for us - but was surprised at this jewel of a bar. What a nice comfortable place.

I was told the hostel only charges cny40 a night for a shared room bunk bed - can't beat that.

Truly a gem for travelers on a budget and the rooftop bar has a beautiful and memorable sunset view (see the pictures).

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Stopped by last night for dinner on the small patio and to pick up a couple of their apple pies. Always attentive and courteous staff and good solid food. Don't forget to check out their freezers for frozen foods like chicken and beef pot pies, pizzas, quiches, cakes etc.

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This cafe is actually in the Yunda Green Lake campus and connected to the French Language school operated by Alliance Francais or the French Alliance.

It's mentioned elsewhere that pastries are provided by A Table down the street on Beimen Jie.

Aside from the no-smoking ban (since it's on-campus in Yunda) - it's a nice, quiet, smoke free and pleasant environment to rest, read, and relax for bit - if you happen to be on-campus and can't find a place to sit.

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I found Beijing Yingke through their ad on the gokunming website.

I recently used Beijing Yingke to take care of a rather complicated real estate transaction. After finally gathering all the required documents as specified - we actually managed to successfully complete the entire process in a single visit with no requirements for "additional documents" or "extra procedures".

Astonishing.

The attorneys were polite, tolerant of infinitely many questions, professional, courteous, and most of all - professional and competent.
The law firms fees were an acceptable increment above local fees, to account for the multi-lingual requirements.

Most importantly - the requested transaction was completed on the first pass with no additional documentation or procedures - which is a stunning accomplishment and nod towards Beijing Yingke's professional knowledge in this sector.

Five Star rating - highly recommend.

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Finally got around to using Salvador's delivery service - tried it out on the chicken burrito and their bag of nacho chips. Delivery was flawless despite being a bit out of area (≥4km) and the food was still warm.

First experience - excellent (5 stars).

Excellent as always - even with long distance delivery. Now if only the online menu was expanded a little (like the chicken strips...hint hint hint...nudge nudge...wink wink).