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Forums > Living in Kunming > New Coronavirus

WHO Director-General announced yesterday,

"Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died. By comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected."


Flu is typically set at 0.1%. So 3.4% is around 34 times deadlier than your average seasonal flu.

Please continue to protect yourself and your loved ones with vigilance as China returns to work while the world now tries to contain this virus.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Trekking Gear Stores..WeChat gps. Trekking Yunnan

Summary of the prices:

The North Face goose down boots are less than 50 rmb (original price 898).

Columbia Titanium hiking boots with Michelin technology soles for less than 270 (original price 1899)

Jack Wolkskin outdoor backpack less than 179. (original price 1199), gloves less than 30 (original price 229), hiking shoes less than 150 (original price 1199).

Merrell Gore-Tex boots for less than 80 (original price 1298).

Toread Outdoor sportswear brand has many items on sale as well.

Other discounted trekking equipment (e.g. trail mats & sleeping bags) photos are uploaded here as proof:


Bottom price tags are further slashed by more than half courtesy of Aegean's grand opening promotions, which are continued today for final day. Be sure to buy the 92.8 for 200cny vouchers on-site (outside behind Starbucks) in the afternoon at 4pm. There will probably be a line so arrive early. Weipinhui is located on the B1 level.

The compounded bargain surpasses most 11/11 online sales I've witnessed in recent years.

Forums > Living in Kunming > "The First Shopping Outlet in Kunming"

Thanks for your vouching herenow. Let us know how this new "outlets town" fare.

DanDare, I'm just a thrifty, keen shopper whose initial urge upon discovering tidbits on bargain opportunities around town is to share them with the expat community here.

Call it my intrinsic camaraderie among foreigners residing in Kunming. With added propensity to beating the locals at their own retail game, despite their upper hand in language.

Almost all local Kunminger I encounter are incognizant of grand opening or anniversary sales events scattered in their own backyard. For me it's like an Easter egg hunt.

Most locals I come across are either unknowing of these hidden eggs, or just don't mind being the overpaying consumers who appear to have money to burn.

However, for more frugal expats who lack the wherewithal yet limited in the shopping avenues due to language proficiency disadvantages, and to some extent even unfairly duped, my satisfaction comes when that gap is bridged.

I am a firm believer of penny saved is a penny earned, be it buying a croissant or a condo.

Forums > Living in Kunming > "The First Shopping Outlet in Kunming"

For those who live near the Dianchi area looking for things to do this upcoming National Day holidays, Wangfujing will open Kunming's first outlet there tomorrow.

It will be called 王府井滇池小镇, aka "Wangfujing Outlets Town" in English.

Numerous name-brand retail and athletic stores will hold a one day 90% off (一折)sale.

The grand opening festivities starts tomorrow (Saturday, September 28, 2019) to kick off the weekend heading into the Golden Week break.

Search for "王府井滇池小镇" (wang fu jing dian chi xiao zhen) in your WeChat mini program to get event and location details.


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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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