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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.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Backstreet phone repair Dianchi area?

Across from the Yunnan University Beimen Street gate. Walk down the Yuanxi Road (it's a Y intersection) - toward the end of Yuanxi Road on the right is a mobile phone repair store which usually, but not always does good work, mostly on Apple but they can also do most Android phone repairs.

Be forewarned - repairing the headphone jack may require replacement of the phone's motherboard (worst case) - but hopefully they can fix it with some solder...

Forums > Living in Kunming > Hospital recommendations for giving birth

Kunming healthcare has changed since our experiences. Outpatient pharmacies have allegedly been separated from hospitals - to curtail that abusive practice.

As for the "How to..." - I think that's more the regime of the Gokm editorial and reporting staff...

Thanks much for the info on Angel.

As for the teaching hospitals - I saw that as a bonus as the senior physicians and department heads have to remain professional and competitive (theoretically).

When we were contemplating a maternity hospital - we'd considered the higher priced expat friendly brands - but we went for hospitals with high maternity throughputs instead. The theory was they'd seen significantly more cases than the lower throughput expat hospitals - and would then theoretically respond faster to complications, based on experience.

My wife had the usual complications that come with natural delivery and the post delivery treatment (suturing tears, etc) were immediate and professional, along with the 24-48 hour post-delivery watch and the constant but non-invasive monitoring by the nursing staff.

These high throughput hospitals generally run like super machines - which is what we wanted and weren't disappointed.

As my wife is native Chinese - we didn't have the language barrier so this route only works well, if you have a native speaker present and on-call.

First childbirth is always the most terrifying because of the unknowns. Childbirth in a foreign country where you can't effectively communicate - that's got to be truly terrifying.

If you have the money, do it in ChangMai.


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Ahh...city 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.