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China has fairly robust digital maps - but they're typically in Chinese. Google and Apple have reasonable detailed maps of Chinese cities and major interconnections (highways, freeways). Digital maps require your phone/gps be well charged with spare batteries. If you use a phone's GPS - just use it for occasional location checking, then turn it off or it'll suck up your battery.

For paper maps, check out the foreign language bookstores around wenlinjie. The larger Chinese chain bookstores may also have bilingual maps - but you'll have to ask the librarian/assistant.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Is Private Detective Legal in Kunming and China

There's another potential option, which is hit or miss and free. Post your query to a wechat, qq, and other popular social media forums, in both English and Chinese.

As a casual search option, one should expect a casual response, so the more info one provides, the higher the quality of the information.

Good luck.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Is Private Detective Legal in Kunming and China

If your request is bonafide and not malicious in nature, please consider retaining a local attorney. IF you have your acquaintance's full name and perhaps last known address(es), mobile phone number(s), etc OR if you know their birth hometown - in Chinese. Any and or all information you can provide will help the attorney refine the search parameters.

The attorney can then legally check through PSB records to find their ID card number and or Hukou / family registration things and then search for their last known government or bank use of their ID card.

MOST probably, you'll need some kind of court order, but if the person is an old acquaintance (such as a Flying Tigers war buddy that you want to find - that's happened before, but a LONG time ago) - it's possible, but please discuss this issue with a reputable attorney, such as the ones that advertise here (because they have bilingual assistance), for example.

For the record, I have NO known affiliation with any legal firm advertising on this forum and am NOT positively or negatively endorsing any legal firm in any and or all shape(s) or form(s).


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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).



I occasionally visit the Kai Wah Plaza International Hotel to attend Kunming Rotary Club events. Although I've never stayed in the hotel or viewed its rooms (now on my bucket list) - the food has always been excellent both in presentation, aroma, taste, flavor, etc from appetizers to desserts - with a well-stocked and diverse wine selection - typical of international 5-star hotels. Kudos.


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.