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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.

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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.

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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.

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Patrick
Thanks much - great demographic info update!

Maybe your next article (assuming the census updated that info) can be on the various GDP per capita ratios?

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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".

Astonishing.

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.

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Just stopped by Wicker Basket Beichen again to stock up on frozen pizzas, frozen pies (chicken, beef), cheese, and sliced ham (ask them to slice it for you). Love this place - simple decor, polite helpful nice staff - nothing fancy - but gets the job done.

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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).

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Just stopped into Prague Beichen for dinner a few nights ago - and I'm shocked at how good their food is - five star international hotel quality. Even the fruit-based drink was made from genuine fruit - as opposed to the usual domestic fare of fruit syrup with chunks of fruit added. The food was well-presented and "plated".

The restaurant itself has had a major overhaul and now occupies both the ground floor and the second floor - well illuminated without being blinding, wide open and airy space (2nd floor), nice attentive but non-intrusive service, and reasonable prices for excellent cuisine.

Will absolutely return several times more, to savor and experience other menu items.

A pleasant surprise and culinary delight - great place for a date or even a quiet business meeting. Excellent atmosphere.

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Excellent coffee, tea, and simple meals - to include waffles and various incarnations of sandwiches. Ground floor is NO SMOKING, second floor (where they hide the bathrooms), SMOKING.

Extraordinarily popular place - beautiful location, typical service for Kunming - which means when it's good, it's stellar, when it's bad - it's terrifying - so they have a quality consistency problem that's reflected in the various staff and shifts.

However - it's still a great place to meet, hang out, chill, relax, etc. Just remember to DIY (do it yourself) most of the time.