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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.

Forums > Living in Kunming > 10 year visa updates?

For the time being, you must travel with your old passport and your new passport. Technically, the visa expires with your passport, so technically, you must re-apply for a new 10 year visa.

The PSB/Immigration Control in China MAY let you slide once or twice, but it's at their discretion. You MUST apply for a new visa in your new passport ASAP.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Siren warning, please

Depends on whether one ascribes to the Chinese or western perception of events and sovereignty. A politically sensitive and touchy subject, even today.

My comment about most every city is incorrect - it should have read, "most major cities".

Forums > Living in Kunming > Siren warning, please

September 18 (9/18) is the annual remembrance of the Japanese invasion of China, beginning with the "mukden" incident. Not sure on the history as some say the Chinese detonated an explosive device to derail a Japanese train, others say the Japanese did a false flag attack to blame the Chinese, to justify their invasion.

The train, incidentally, was NOT derailed.

EVERY year in China, in most every city, the sirens sound from 1000-1015.


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I was thinking that gokm could maybe get the Kunming Tourism Dept and the KM Metro et al to pay for a professionally illustrated bilingual PDF map and maybe start a series of web articles and videos on things to do and see (and eat) at each station - aside from the major tourism venues.

NHK (Japan) did this about 20 years ago - very popular and interesting series - inspires people to get out, socialize (when it's safe) and support local businesses...or not.

The referenced map was an ANCIENT planning map...hence the hint hint hint hint to the gokm staff - when they have budget and absolutely nothing better to do with their time...

Yereth's map is great as a geographic index - but most high density subway maps (Beijing, Tokyo) go for the symbolic stations shown in the ancient picture I referenced. These things are great as either screensavers, desktop wallpapers, or mobile phone pictures (screensavers, wallpapers) for those who commute within the bellies of these steel dragons.

I used to carry around subway maps on small plastic cards (doubled as my prepaid card) when exploring these cities. Each station had uniquely popular venues for both tourists and long-term locals alike (popular eateries, shopping boutiques, etc).



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).