User profile: michael2015
- RegisteredDecember 16, 2015
- RegisteredDecember 16, 2015
Thanks for the link. Interesting general perspectives, apparently based on data provided by the China Development Research Foundation (CDRF), which is a government sponsored non-profit organization.
PWC provides an interesting statistical perspective as both an international accounting firm and as a global consultancy with a decidedly international if not global perspective.
I recall KPMG similarly published an excellent general perspective and summary of the 12th Five Year Plan, several (five?) years ago.
Nice, professional, and polished looking report.
NOTE: PWC adds a disclaimer on the limitations of its statistical analyses:
"...we can only assess the cities based on statistics, but from our past experience, we know that even cities with relatively low final rankings can be exceptionally attractive..."
Free reports are used to brand, advertise, imply expertise, and provide potential leads for paid focused research, so of course, the report is optimistic in tone.
Lisey. If you're IN the Kunming Hotel - you can TRY to ask the concierge o help. Look for any big business building - there's ALWAYS at least one mom and pop printer shop (usually several) within walking distance.
MOST printer shops, including mom and pop shops, have color LASER printers (so you don't have to settle for wet/damp color ink jet copies). Dongfang Lu is nearby the hotel (the major police station which handles visas is there, along with most of the major bank main branches), so there'll be a cornucopia of mom n pop printers in and around the alleyways and side streets.
Many of the sports stadiums in and around Kunming have driving ranges and several retail golf stores, which can fully cater to your consumer needs - from clubs, bags, shoes, to the smaller accessories, such as tees, balls, towels, ball cleaners, and wire brushes, although NOT as diverse as western pro shops.
As noted, prices will of course be premium - but everything's negotiable. As for genuine versus knockoff - let the buyer beware, but Chinese knockoffs, to include fake brands, are generally pretty sturdy and reliable - but as with all things - helps if you "know" someone, so you don't get caught buying self-destructing knock-offs.
If you had more time and resources, online purchases (taobao, jd.com, etc) can help reduce cost and also tell you the general going rates for both genuine clubs and their related knock-offs.
Good luck and enjoy.
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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.
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).
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.
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.
Caesar's Salad and one of their fresh fruit flavored teas - always my favorite culinary delight here (see my review 6 months ago).
Don't forget to pick up a few freshly baked bread rolls, pastries etc on the way out.
For a NO-SMOKING designated environment - comfortable, quiet, elegant, for a bistro-ish experience.