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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Road from Lijiang to Shangrila

As 2020 comes to a close, a good piece of Yunnan news we may look forward to for next month. The new highway linking Lijiang and Shangri-la is slated to open, cutting travel time by at least half, to around 1.5 hours by car.

Forums > Living in Kunming > On-call installations for home

I just want to share with everyone an useful resource for on-call home furniture/appliance installations in Kunming and for most first to third tier cities in China. The service provided is hassle-free, and more affordable than trying to procure a nearby worker (more respectfully called "shifu") on your own. Around 70 rmb for most home installation needs mentioned below.

The phone app is called Lubandaojia (鲁班到家).

First, you submit your home need. Whether to install a newly bought furniture like sofa or bed, toilet, sink, lighting fixtures, ceiling laundry rack, curtains, wallpapers, doors, door locks, water heater, misc. appliances, you name it... a handyman near you who specializes in performing your requested task can choose to pickup your order. In minutes, or at scheduled date/time, they would arrive at your residence to complete the task for ~CNY70. Sort of like Didi (or Uber equivalent) transportation services, but for home services.

I recently used the app for finding a handyman to install a ceiling fan bought on TMall for a discount. A handyman (and his wife) came over and brought their own heavy-duty concrete drilling tools and stretchable ladder. Assembled the ceiling fan light fixture itself and installed it to the ceiling. All for 70 bucks.

This service is useful for anyone who bought lower cost furniture/appliance online which doesn't come with same-city installations. The installation option would cost much more through TMall, Taobao, and JD sellers than from this independent app.

FYI, many of these installers who pick up orders on Lubandaojia app are employees of decoration companies contracted by land developers, who seek to make a few bucks on the side via this service portal.

Besides the smartphone app, Lubandaojia also has an official website:

Forums > Living in Kunming > Keep Calm and Carry on

Bloomberg published a poignant piece underscoring the dire need for China's economic engine to restore.

For us Kunmingers, the underlying difficulties for our locally or foreign owned restaurants/bars/cafes and small retail businesses due to depleting cash.

Restoring consumer confidence and spending is now of paramount importance as "Half of Chinese Retailers Risk Collapse Within Six Months... 60% unable to cover labor and rental costs, according to data compiled by Bloomberg and company reports covering 50 listed firms. Among jewelry and apparel companies, almost half don’t have the cash to last the six months unless demand rebounds sharply, the data show..."

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Keep Calm and Carry on

You dare say that directly to their "puny" faces?

After all, the once destroyer of empires has in a few days brought entire EU down to their knees, after knocking out the Middle Kingdom for the count... and now they're going after the most powerful military nation in the history of warfare.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Keep Calm and Carry on

Well, we'll see if the collective tummies of missus start expanding in the months to come.

As the hurricane storm seemingly passes over us, moving beyond hinterlands to wreck havoc on your English Premiere League (possible suspension until further notice), one can't help but notice the butterfly effect... the societal or marital typhoon generated from a wing flap elsewhere.


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Newly featured Brian Linden video interview (2 minutes long) uploaded by South China Morning Post, titled "American hotel owner hopes China's tourism recovers from impact of Covid-19":

Brian is looking good and speaks Chinese very well.

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.


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