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Forums > Living in Kunming > Civilized Kunming

Not so much "faking" as rebranding.

Republicans have a history of rebranding bills to nudge public sentiments. Natural gas to "freedom gas" and anti-abortion to "pro-life." Proven by think tanks to be effective. I'm sure you can think of more examples during the Cheney and puppet Bush reign.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Civilized Kunming

Ishmael, the fact Kunming is classified as new tier 1 city without having obtained civilized status makes for a good discussion. Is KM the only city of contradiction ("uncivilized" Tier 1) on the list? Some ranked higher aren't even provincial capitals. I reckon that will change soon.

A few of you may have lived in or visited all fifteen new tier 1 cities and can judge for yourselves the integrity of the rankings. But many of us have not. Without basis of comparison some come to rely on extrapolated data over word-of-mouth subjectivity.

Zhengzhou(#10) and Dongguan(#11) could possibly now be on radar warranting market research. Curious business entities looking in may now become incentivized to visit Kunming and ride the potential BRI wave. A nation yearning to be taken seriously on the global stage, 19 first tier cities has a more robust marketing ring than just 4. A hegemony with perceived 19 metropolises is a powerhouse to be reckoned with.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Civilized Kunming

Good points JanJal.

Yicai's China Business Network (CBN) published these tier rankings and were reposted by CPC's state-level news agencies China News Services (CNS) and China Daily. These collaborative avenues are one of many unofficial, SOE propaganda arms of Beijing to boast economic progress for Chinese social media dissemination. So it is safe to assume rankings were granted green light from the top.

The state may not publicly endorse new tier rankings through official diplomatic channels, but would implicitly back such proxies for the purpose of (1) instilling consumer confidence with arbitrary data beyond flat growth indicators without appearing self-aggrandizing. (2) Justifying infrastructural investments for select cities such as BRI gateways like Kunming. (3) Attracting FDI and employers to fuel development like you said. (4) Distracting public attention from trade war, economic slowdown, stock market, bad debt, and housing bubble jitters.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Searching for birth control(Marvelon)

Perhaps 48hr emergency for Kasia.

To avoid annoyance of solicitation and embarrassment, a 24 hour vending machine equipped with birth controls pills placed right outside 一心堂 pharmacy. Can't remember if machine carries this specific product. Exactly location can be found on this map:


健之佳 is the cheaper among the bunch and would usually carry Mafulong as it's a popular product.

Check out pharmacies nearest you with this map listing:



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Bumping the bun.

Returned from a renowned, luxury French resort in SE Asia. For breakfast, they humbly labelled sourdough bread as "French Village Bread." No other language, just plain English despite quite a few occupants being French. Even two upper management employees were French. But majority of guests were from all over the world.

Just Hot Jan, I need to inform you that Just Hot is the subsidiary of JiaHua Bakeries. Although TKP's Just Hot targets higher-end market segments, the apple doesn't fall from its tree... it's no wonder their ginormous croissants can't compare with the croissant quality of their direct competitor, Bon Appétit, which is situated not far from them on the same B1 level.

Thank you with sincerity for doing your part in being their beacon of light now, and glimmer of hope for their future.

Touching base on the challenges of recruiting credentialed teachers to rural outskirts.

Though some may scoff at technology and change from traditional pedagogy/curriculum. Perhaps the anecdote in that domain lies somewhere in the advent synergy of 5G, A.I, and satellite internet....

to bring real-time machine learning based academia to backwater classrooms in virtual form. Reaching not just hundreds of millions of rural children in China. But bridging education access gap to those less fortunate families in the Middle East, India/Pakistan, South East Asia, Africa, and the rest of the world.

Perhaps a ground-up, global multinational cooperation effort with coalition of governments' subsidies to incentivize private innovations need to occur to make this a reality.

No cloudy, Starbucks aren't enough to give rural children the opportunities for a brighter future.

Building more schools and hiring a legion of well-trained teachers to foster a better education system may help.

The government needs to allocate more funds to building and revamping these countryside schools.

And where may local governments get that money outside Beijing?

Perhaps by selling or leasing prime real estate locations at exorbitant prices to foreign investors, such Hang Lung Properties.

By permitting these deep-pocketed developers to build skyscrapers at sought-after locations, value of land further increases, hence their selling/leasing prices resulting in higher revenues (inc. corporate taxes from ensuing business & offices) for funding public projects such as said public education.

This is where the corporate buzzwords you so despise come into play. Accountability, transparency, and oversight. Without which, corrupt-prone local officials may end up pocketing the hongbaos from developers to be transferred to their private Swiss bank accounts used by their own privileged children studying aboard.

With accountability, transparency, and oversight... hundreds of billions in funds are more than enough to provide poverty stricken children the first steps in the right path to a brighter future.


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