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.
Forums > Living in Kunming > Any Serious Coffee Place to Visit in Town?
I'm NOT a coffee connoisseur, so take this with a rock of salt. The revitalized "old kunming street" (lao kunming lu?) on Zhongyi Lu and Renming Lu has several allegedly gourmet coffee shops, with gourmet prices. Walk around the renovated sections inside and you'll find several huddled together, within a 100 meters of each other.
As a gourmet - I'm guessing you can request the barista offer the beans for visual and aroma inspection prior to grinding and brewing?
Anyway - they're just around the corner and a short walk from ONE of the Starbucks on renminglu - the one closest to the Zhengyilu shopping area (and MacDonalds).