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Forums > Living in Kunming > Yunda ready to move

The long-term vision statements are interesting, but the students are generally more concerned with getting jobs before or after they graduate.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Opening a Business

Just a word of advice - before you open a new business - go get your pre-sales agreements FIRST. If you try the "field of dreams" approach - you may find yourself without revenues for several months or longer. Although pre-sales agreements may or may not be legally and financially binding - they're a good indicator of what's to come.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Yunda ready to move

What you stated is coming - it's in the prolific Five Year Plans, but one step at a time.

China's National or State level Five Year Plans generally state various social, environmental, economic, and military planning concepts. It's then up to each respective party representative to then begin designing strategies, pilots, projects, finance, social engineering, environmental impacts etc ad infinitum to put these conceptual designs into practice.

It's not a perfect science and depends heavily on an extremely diverse and diversified management system - but they're working on resolving that issue also.

The key are the pilot projects. Once a pilot is demonstrated successful (and hopefully sustainable), the rest of the nation piles in to replicated the success (or failure, if the business model proves unsustainable).

As an example - it's well known that China (and the rest of the world) are generally experiencing water management projects. China is now in as least it's second year of "Sponge City" technology and business demonstrators. Yuxi missed the cut last year, but made the highly competitive cut this year. GoKM had some recent articles on various incarnations of those water management pilots, from Kunming's water park to Yuxi's man-made waterfalls.

Management of students is highly sensitive, as a little knowledge is a dangerous weapon and students tend to be unrealistically idealistic.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Yunda ready to move

Yunda maintains many post-graduate programs in the Green Lake main campus.

The general goal across China was to move all students OUT of the main cities and into student grottoes. The concept (I believe) was initiated in Beijing, when ALL the universities moved their undergraduates out to LanFang for the first few years of university life.

Herding students into focused academic zones has political, social, and economic benefits.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Nasty Habits

All children (including mine) are taught to NOT litter in school - but as soon as they're out that gate - they revert to their lazy animal behavior.

The littering is an act of rebellion and disrespect to the establishment, such as tagging and graffiti in the west.

My kids - generally the same - the desire for attention through slothful behavior.

On that note, please remember that China is still a developing nation, despite the outward appearances of an industrialized nation - the culture still hasn't caught up.

The government still has a lot of work ahead - but their primary focus hasn't been anti-littering campaigns (hosting the Olympics aside), but poverty alleviation and elimination.

I doubt we'll see improved behavior on the litter issue in our lifetimes, but we can hope and do our part.


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Dear satyrical bloke
Perhaps it's the brevity of internet blogs - however thank you for broadly insinuating publicly I'm a failure as a parent, based on a singular vague and unimplemented opinion. I'm guessing my personal opinion must have been highly inflammatory to elicit such a highly inflammatory comment.

As a parental failure - I'll use any and all tools available to guide my children towards being self-sustaining, productive, ethical, moral, and responsible citizens of society. If the kids refuse to study at home, do their home chores, are addicted to their digital devices, disrespectful - I'll put them in boarding school jails, where they're forced to study under someone else's oppressive eye, digital devices are forbidden or destroyed, physical daily exercise is mandatory, and their every living and waking moment is controlled.

If university trained/prepared professional life isn't desirable to them, I'll try to guide them into sustainable vocational careers, to include military service.

As a parental failure, I'm also of the opinion that my primary duty is not to be my children's best friend, although perhaps that will come with time and maturity (from both parties - parent AND child) - but to prepare them for a responsible self sustainable life without me, fiscal, environmental, and social responsibility.

We never know how long we can breathe and wander the earth - so yes, I'm absolutely a chronic failure as a parent - better than some - worse than others. So I strive to "parent" with "a sense of urgency".

Incredibly astute of you to pick ascertain my chronic and pervasive failure as a parent, based on a singular, as yet unimplemented opinion of mandatory physical education with a stated and measurable performance metric.

On that note - the university was incredibly amazing in stating and implementing this specific requirement. It showed some potentially incredible project management skills as opposed to the typically vague management directives.

Wow - thanks for the update(s). This opens a brand new line of journalistic travel reporting fog gokm. What to see & do around each station (temples, eateries, entertainment, etc).

Look forwards to the municipal subway exit travel reporting (for tourists and locals alike).

And you can also do travel video spots for the local tv channels - chinese love (I think) to see foreigners who can speak reasonably fluently and whom are delighted with the local culture(s).

I'm just glad we can finally (maybe) get to dianchi without grabbing taxis, didiche or buses.

Central government mandates general or qualitative requirements, It is then the responsibility of various provinces to implement quantitative results.

How would one structure sustainable pilot projects, to demonstrate such diversity - to include funding and finance? Each ecosystem is diverse from the next - so to initiate a project requires finance to study the current (or previously existing) bio-diversity, to develop a sustainable plan to move forwards with responsibly and sustainably managed resources.

This requires access to academic and commercial resources - who won't work for free.

Alien's solution is direct, but probably not scalable, sustainable and therefore feasible (too many people - reduce population).

When presenting an issue or problem, it's always a good idea to have at least three potentially feasible solutions for discussion and implementation.



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).


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.


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.


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".


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.


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).