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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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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).