Forums > Living in Kunming > Bilingual swimming lessons?
I've never asked, but maybe the pools at some of the 5 star hotels (but pricey). The concierge MAY be able to find referrals for bilingual instructors - helps if you can define lessons for adults, young adults or small children. If you can get the referral, then you can arrange classes at local pools, although the hotel pools (especially the indoor pools) tend to have lower traffic - but pool maintenance (cleanliness, hygiene) along with RESPONSIBLE lifeguards is critical (they also serve to admonish the "spitters").
If the lessons are for kids - start by practicing holding their breath under water, in the bath tub...without holding their nose (ease into that one). This helps prepare and acclimate kids (and adults) for dunking their head completely in water and how to NOT panic while clearing their face (and nose and mouth) of water, so they can breathe again.
There was a scuba diver commenting a while ago - they MAY have bilingual referrals.
Forums > Living in Kunming > Another province in China
For seafood, I was thinking Nanning, but I'm not familiar with the city or the people.
If money's no object - Xiamen - good schools, universities, and very international for food, but pricey. Depending on one's perspective - annual typhoon season can be a benefit or a pain.
Forums > Living in Kunming > 2016 Olympics
Thanks for the reminder post - I'd forgotten it was coming this summer.
Forums > Travel Yunnan > Cheap hotel in Kunming
To look for hotels, rates, etc - go to ctrip.com, click on the English language button. They have general rates for most hotels, including the lower budget but ubiquitous Home Inns et al.
Stay away from the "love hotels" which typically charge in 4 hour increments - might not be as secure as the lower budget business hotels, although Home Inn also charges in 4 hour increments.
There's also the "Fairy Land" hotel chains.