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Forums > Living in Kunming > Places (Province) to live in China.

As I am sure you know, Kunming is NOT a big fruit producer.

Yes, many things can grow here but in the hotter climates with a lot of sun and rain all one needs to do is just drop a seed into the ground and God does all the work for you.

For me, food is by far the main reason I am leaving Yunnan - the food sucks here - everything is topped with red chilly which I can NOT bear. The Cantonese food in Guangxi is GREAT! I don't have to eat nasty noodles 3 times a day any more.

Prices are just about the same as Kunming and I sure do NOT mind the hot weather.

Another reason I prefer Nanning is the effect the pollution from construction as well as the dry weather have on me here in Kunming. The day I leave Kunming, I immediately STOP producing so much phlegm and mucus. My nose is NOT dry and I don't have dry blood in my nose every morning in Nanning - I can breathe!

Good Luck to all!

Forums > Living in Kunming > Places (Province) to live in China.

I am making the BIG move to Nanning, Guangxi next month. I have been back several times to do some apt hunting. The place has really changed since I was there 14 years ago. Here are a few of the things I really like about Nanning from my visits the last few months.

1 - Cars and buses stop for pedestrians on crosswalks.

2 - People, bikes, and cars respect traffic lights and wait patiently for their turn.

3 - Bus drivers are not in a mad rush and they wait for older people to sit down before moving.

4 - People on buses give their seats to older people and women.

5 - Buses have a TV but the volume is completely turned OFF so a bus ride is much more relaxing.

6 - Cars and buses do NOT blow their horn all the time.

7 - Bikes stations are conveniently located at all subway stations and in many other locations - NOT a catastrophe like Kunming.

8 - Men do NOT smoke so much as they do in the tobacco capital of China (Yunnan). Very rare to see a smoker on the street.

9 - Many old parts of the city are still intact and have NOT been demolished like here in Kunming.

10 - There are benches everywhere in the city so people can just sit and rest. All bus stops have benches.

11 - A lot more E-bikes then in Kunming but much less cars and traffic.

12 - The people are friendly and answer questions politely.

13 - The best thing I like is that all bus stops have the name of the street corners. This is so convenient for tourists because one knows exactly where one is all the time.

14 - Nanning is much more civilized than Kunming in so many ways.


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All the 99 yuan deposits can NOT make up for what I saw today during my 40 minute bus ride.

3 bikes which had the seat completely removed and 1 bike that had the from wheel removed.

Cost of repairs and cost of sending workers to do the repairs - Haha!

What did I see today?

Saw 2 OFO workers wearing yellow vests with letters OFO on the back repairing over a dozen bikes in a street corner near my house.

Saw 2 OFO bikes chained near the rear entrance of Wicker basket. Apparantly they are now OWNED by 2 workers there.

I predict that OFO will be out of business in 3 months. Once a person gets the combination to a bike, it becomes private property and the company can no longer get any revenue from that bike.

Kids are smart and have time and they knnow that people seldom turn the dial of the combination or they just turn the 2 center dials. Within a few minutes of fiddling with a lock anyone can usually get the combination at which time the bike becomes private property. This is why most of the bikes I see kids riding are the yellow OFO bikes.

With no GPS there is no way to track these bikes - Hehe!

I wonder how many people who have commented here have actually used this program here in Kunming.

Bikes used in other provinces or in other countries is NOT the same as here in Kunming.

Since the bikes are scattered everywhere and people are hiding the bikes so they can have sole use of it - how can any person find a bike to use. Unless one is willing to walk long distances and has already paid to be able to use all 3 types of bikes - this program is absolutely useless.

I caught a slumdog hiding a bike in my garden 2 days ago. I see plenty of bikes all over the city so there are plenty to choose from but hundreds of the bikes are intentioanlly hidden after use so they can be used at the doorstep the following day.

In my Resd Qtr I saw 3 bikes totally destroyed - 1 had a flat, other had rear wheel missing and other had handle bars bent. How does anyone bend handle bars unless it is done intentionally. This is just 2 months after the program has begun.

The bikes need to be put in a bike rack where they are easily accessible to all as is in many other civilized cities here in China like Gansu and Guangxi. I am sure there are others.



The new Visa office is located at 118 Tuo Dong Road. There is no number on the building yet so do not bother to look for it. There are 2 passport photo shops on either side of the building. The office is located directly in front of the Kunming Museum. The bus stop is named - Shi Bo Wu Guan - Bus 1, 62, 109, 117, 145, 213, A1 and K3 stop directly in front of the office. Foreigners need to go to the 3rd floor. The Tuo Dong Stadium is located to the right of the office while Baita Road is located to the left of the office.