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Forums > Living in Kunming > Advices on buying a Chinese brand car

The best way to verify a vehicle's reliability is to check it's resale value after 1-5 years. A resale value close to the car's original purchase price would usually indicate a reliable vehicle.

BMW for example, loses its value at a remarkable pace.

Others have commented on brands, so you need only research the purchase price and search online for used or second hand cars (er shou or 二手), to compare depreciation rates. Use the search engine to search for used cars. If you need an online translator, use, as google is blocked in China.

Most foreign branded vehicles are made here, so you're basically paying for the brand, which implies higher quality, better service, better parts, (or in the case of BMW, higher face).

Welcome to Kunming. Trust your extended visit will be a pleasant and memorable experience and you'll make (and be) wonderful new friends.

And please don't feed the trolls.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Martial arts Kunming

You're welcome. Thanks for the alternative perspective on Krav - I'd only perused a few books on the subject. I was taught martial arts for health and exercise. The first rule of combat is avoid a direct confrontation, if possible - which is in alignment with SunZi et al. If you are forced to engage - be fast, precise, crippling if possible, deadly as the opportunity arises.

The art of surprise is critical in a forced confrontation - also derived from Sunzi et al.

So, depends on one's philosophy and purpose. Since you studied Krav - I assumed you were more interested in the self-defense aspects, with exercise being a secondary benefit.

FYI - All forms of Taiji (that I'm aware of in my very limited world) provide enhanced stance and ultimately balance bases - which will help you significantly in any other style. One way to verify your taiji instructor is an expert or master - check out his/her legs and thighs - they'll look like mini versions of an Arnold Schwarzenegger - hence the comment regarding the focus on stance and balance - both static and transitionary. One of my old buddies was (probably still is) a lifelong practitioner - but denied he was an expert - scrawny little guy - but his legs were like sprung steel. The drawback - he muttered something about finding pants that fit as his thighs were larger than most humans with his waist size, which may explain the loose fitting workout clothes.

Hope you find a great instructor and even more important - great students to commune with. Iron sharpens iron.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Martial arts Kunming

there's a poster named taijijulia who teaches Chen style Taiji. Chen style is more dynamic than the Yang style you see practiced in parks.

There's also a teacher of LoHan (luohan?) style taiji, which is allegedly directly derived from shaolin and is VERY martial. The teacher has a son who has a formal school in some of the major shopping centers (golden eagle?) etc.

Visit the green lake campus of yunda in the mornings around 10am and you'll see the practitioners subtly training.

Definitely not as lethally combat specific as krav - but it's definitely and specifically the combat version of taiji, which maybe more to your liking - although it does NOT stress the high impact sparring and lethality of krav and other harder styles.

For hardcore martial arts practitioners - most add taiji to their retinue as it focuses more on the softer aspects of martial arts - non-crippling, non-lethal (but just as capable) wrist and joint locking, blocking, and non-lethal, non-crippling threat neutralization.

Sometimes - you'll need or want the ability to neutralize without killing or crippling, to make your point.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Is the importance of Guanxi in business in decline

Guanxi or relationship management has many meanings, however in professional project management, relationship management or guanxi guanli is known as Stakeholder Management. Stakeholder Management is prevalent in most professional projects and is usually formally documented and planned during the initial phases of a project, starting with the business case analysis.

I believe the comments here are more related to the abuse of relationships - inserting family, friends, or relationships for positions that they may not be qualified for, thereby potentially introducing external risk to a project or investment, but I don't see this as very different from managing an troublesome or under qualified employee assigned to a project, by upper management for whatever reason. It's just another thing to manage.

Stephen58 - if you'd like to meet, just PM me and we can share information and perspectives on historical and current relationship management in Yunnan.

Most of my relationships in Yunnan are gravitating towards a more professional approach to relationship management, as the rather complicated business climate is slowly evolving, towards professional scientific processes for mitigating risk, reducing or eliminating corruption, and generally getting things done professionally, especially at the higher levels of government and investment organizations.


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Assuming your question was serious - a simple google or bing search will yield a plethora of results. The UN ( has an excellent article on China and India's definition of "poverty lines", but the information is probably outdated as China's economy zooms ahead. China's National Development & Reform Commission - which manages the national five year plan strategies contains the general high level requirements for sustainable development of this country (

China's five years plans used to be mocked and ridiculed by the western media - but if you've ever performed or witnessed requirements engineering and the processes and artifacts - you cannot but conclude these artifacts are world class professional documents. The Five Year Plans are essentially high level requirements, which indicate the government's architecture for this country - which are then supposed to be devolved by project owners (government officials) into detailed planning documents for execution, monitoring & controlling, and phase out - following generally accepted globally recognized professional standards for professional project management.

Many of China's sustainable poverty elimination plans included seeding of livestock (chickens, pigs, etc) to enable animal husbandry, to increase annual income of the farmers. Last reports were China had sustainable eliminated poverty for over 800 million citizens, with roughly 70-80 million to go. Xi JinPing's goal is 100% elimination by 2020.

Regardless of definition - the consistent attention to poverty elimination is laudable and China's accomplishment in this area is unparalleled in recorded history - resulting in formal recognition by the UN for its successful efforts in this area.

Occasionally, there are questionable ploys to eliminate poverty - such as merely moving people from poverty stricken areas to a different place, to accomplish the numbers - however moving to more fertile or arable ground with better access to transportation, water, healthcare and education facilities can also be considered an improvement in quality of life.

China's current Five Year Plans call for the industrialization of the rural areas, in a responsible sustainable manner. This next move will involve a major cultural shift in the rural areas as farmers begin to aggregate land and resources, pay more attention to water and soil pollution, and reduce the uses of chemical fertilizers and insecticides.

Animal husbandry is another area of potential aggregation - with tremendous opportunities for the high technologies from developed nations such as the EU (+UK), Japan, and USA.

All of these technologies offer the opportunity of significantly reduced water usage and significantly reduced water pollution. It's actually a rather exciting period of history to watch as this massive country continues its transition into a developed nation and global leader and expands into the belt and road with infrastructure development for its neighbors.

If the China model can be applied along the belt and road - the entire Middle East and Africa will finally have the opportunity to similarly eliminate poverty, develop sustainable economies, and perhaps even make serious dents on global terrorism.



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.