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Forums > Living in Kunming > Where is 'Happy Soccer'

hi, does anyone have the address of 'Happy Soccer'. it's an indoor football place near Beijing Lu. don't know if that's the name or if it's just a translation of a chinese name! the address in chinese and pinyin would be great. thanks in advance.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Anyone know of a gynecologist?

Richland hospital - north Beijing Lu. 1 buss stop past the Wallmart stop. you'll see it just before the bus stop on your left (as you head north). clean, private, friendly, honest. Y30 for the consultation...

Forums > Living in Kunming > bus routes

how's your chinese? try: www.mapbar.com/
i found that from Googling the route number/destination/kunming.
if you tell people where you are and wher you'd like to go yo might get a better answer.
good luck!

Forums > Food & Drink > What's with the beef over fapiao?

Am I right in thinking that giving a fapiao obliges the business to pay tax on the sale and therefore a sale without one can easily be 'hidden'? As a legal requirement it shouldn't even be necessary to complain in the first place. I have a few Chinese friends who refuse to eat at any esablishment that refuses to give a fapiao as they feel that tax evasion is theft from their country and therefore the people. However, I was also wondering about the two almost identical postings. Some sort of scam? A stupid joke?

Finally, while leaving without paying may be a little extreme, refusing to leave or pay without first being given a fapiao might be the way to go about it.


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I heard that the law is coming in 2021. ebikes will need pedals and be under 50kg in Shanghai although the 25km/h limit is the same. It sounds unenforceable but it's a national law... as was the ban on smoking in public places. I have a motorcycle license so this new law doesn't bother me ...in fact, I welcome it if it gets the kamikaze delivery riders to slow down and/or think but I can't see it lasting more than a few months.

@Quester - have you seen the drawings/designs? The eye of Sauron. I didn't know someone had actually thought it was a good idea to name it Eye of Spring. Is this true? I can't believe it and I hope it's just a joke. Humanity is doomed if this is the future.

One of my favourite hill climbs i Lijiang.

For those on two wheels, it's a nice ride up and back down but bring lots of snacks/water as there's no shop up there. There are some nice trails to ride down if that's your thing but be aware that some are crossed by retaining walls and it can be difficult to see the drops which are up to 1 meter.

Thanks @GoKunming.

Look out for the groups of locals, often middle-aged women, outside the park. They'll often be carrying a money bag and are mosly there around the holiday periods.. At first they might offer park entrance for 'half price' but you can bargain that down to 10 yuan or so. In reality they just show you to a way through the fence and once you're inside you'll need to actively avoid the guards who will often ask to see your tickets and escort anyone without one out of the park.

This article could use a covenient map or two. Watch out for bandits on that hill although the biggest robbers are the guards at the bottom who demand the 80rmb entrance fee for the Black Dragon Pool park.



The only place worth going for a beer in Lijiang. Small place with a super friendly vibe. Great relaxed hangout for locals and travellers alike.


a lovely place to stay with great views of Yulong xueshan (JadeDragon snow mountain) from the roof! Beautifully decorated and hosts that make you feel like family. A million miles better than most other places locally. I can't recommend this place enough.


thanks for all the good food and drinks over the past couple of years. i honestly didn't go there after some prices were almost doubled (such as the Coffee shake)but i will miss the place.
best of luck with whatever comes next!


i thought i'd give this place another try as my usual place was closed today. even though there is now more choice, i was not impressed by the menu. they do have an apparently good range of coffees for up to 80 kuai but even a basic latte is Y26 now. the drinks were OK but nothing special and certainly not worth the money. the place looked somehow cleaner too and was certainly busier! why have so many of the cafes in this area decided that it's fine to raise their prices by so much (in some cases almost double)? i doubt i'll be going back. the 2 stars are because it was just OK and they've obviously made some effort.


Kunming's best Mexican restaurant and a great place to entertain too. In fact, I can't think of many other places that could even compete with this level of class and quality! Prices are reasonable bearing in mind the price of ingredients and what you're getting. It is well decorated inside even if it's not 'authentic' Mexican enough for some. The outside patio is great for a few relaxing beers with friends (something i have tried and can thoroughly recommend). I've lost count of the times I've been to Cacao and I've never been disappointed. One star off because I would prefer a bit more spice!