User profile: michael2015

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  • RegisteredDecember 16, 2015
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Forums > Living in Kunming > VPN:s still working?

Usually, most vpn service companies have anonymous servers where you can download the app without crashing into the GFW (Great FireWall).

Send them an email.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Hospital recommendations for giving birth

We did TWO natural deliveries at two local hospitals. Cost was under ¥10k per baby plus post-natal follow-ups, immunizations, etc,

- but if you're unfamiliar with local Chinese hospitals - it'll be a rather large shock for westerners and definitely not recommended if you don't have conversational chinese skills.

Family members (specifically the husband, but in-laws or relatives will work) are expected to sleep (folding reclining chair does the trick) in the multi-bed room and provide egg broth vitamin soup, feed the newborn every 3 hours (best experience in the world is the first time your new baby drinks formula or breast milk), wash cooking & eating utensils, bring changes of pajamas, and generally pamper and spoil both the mother and newborn child for a week (longer for c-sections).

Chatting with cell mates (if you can communicate), maybe making new friends, networking, camaraderie, providing advice to new parents, listening to advice from veterans, etc.

You can also pay the janitor ladies to help you buy food etc. They usually love the extra income.

Chinese maternity specialty hospitals deliver hundreds of babies a week if not more. The only pain is the crowding and perhaps the hygiene (squat toilets) - but these places are definitely industrialized baby delivery and after-care machines.

My favorite hospital of all is the TCM hospital because the TCM medications are quite literally a fraction of the cost of western meds.

Worst - you have cell mates or relatives that love to do the Kunming hack (smoker's cough thing)...that's pretty gross.

Forums > Living in Kunming > GoKunming feedback...

Personally - I'm glad to see Gokm updated the TOS (Terms of Service) to include the "no personal attacks"...

"You must not defame...."

Debate is excellent and we can all learn to see more perspectives or dimensions to an issue - but when debates or posts devolve into personal name calling - well, that's just uncivilized and immature.

And on a personal note - it's probably not necessary to publicly list TOS violators unless it's used to demonstrate or enforce authority.

On a more debatably humorous note - can we also add realtime tallies on numbers of warnings and bans to our screen IDs...

Forums > Living in Kunming > Public transport app?

If you have an iPhone or iPad - you can use apple maps. It shows walking routes, public transportation routes to include subways and buses (and bus numbers), distance, and estimated arrival time. It also includes a link to ride-sharing such as didiche.

That should satisfy your transportation queries - but doesn't show fares. Best of luck and happy exploring.

I'm sure the Android apps also have English language map equivalents.

Best of luck and bon voyage.


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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.