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  • RegisteredDecember 16, 2015
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Forums > Living in Kunming > thumbs up & down

I'm guessing the "thumbs down" feature was abused - hence it's removal - which makes sense. As Gokm is taking a more pro-active stance on bullying and abuse as opposed to lively and open discussions and debate - that could be an excellent evolution - but it doesn't really aid in Gokm cashflow generation.

Spamming a thumbs up button a la taboo faked ratings is rather pointless aside from satisfying those with exceptional egos.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Bus Route Handbook / Map

It's in Chinese. As this is allegedly one of the official city bus guides (comes with a QR code scannable APP) - This is probably as good as it gets.

Personally - I still use apple maps (for iPhone users), which provides walking, driving, and transportation maps and directions.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Tourist Visa extension

Take your friend to the exit entry visa office on 120-1-9 tuodonglu, go straight upstairs to the visas for foreigners floor (can't remember 3F?).

As long as the visa hasn't expired and you have a valid address (hotel, hostel, etc) they can usually complete the process within 3-5 working days, sometimes faster. For an extra fee - they can sometimes expedite things.

The usual rules about passports apply - you should have blank pages and the visa will NOT be extended beyond the expiration date of your passport. PSB prefers you have at least SIX (6) months remaining...

If your friend is staying with you or some other non-commercial (aka hotel) address - then you'll FIRST need to go register at the local PSB - which should've been done within 24 hours of their temporary residence with you.


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The FTZ video was interesting, but most important is the new website - - as all of the economic development zones in yunnan are in chinese language only.

So let's see how well the site and the new emerging process for bringing in foreign direct investment, matching partners, government support etc works..

I'm sure there's be hiccups - but as long as everyone's committed to the success process - things should work out. folk. Visit the countryside to see HUGE kitchens with giant woks (usually a side-by-side pair), albeit wood burning. Don't need to emigrate to the USA for a larger kitchen - just move to the countryside.



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.