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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!

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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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The video is very informative but does NOT specifically tell you where these locations are located. The entrance ticket to SHI LIN (Stone Forest) is 175 Yuan. I prefer to buy an annual ticket for 200 Yuan and I can use it at any time during the year. Bring your passport and you can purchase an annual ticket which includes entrance to the MAJOR stone Forest, MINOR stone Forest, BU SHAO SHAN, LI ZI YUAN QING, WAN NIAN LING ZHI, and NAIGU stone Forest (Black Stone Forest).

Most of the footage on the video is of the Black Stone Forest. Few people know about it so each time I go, there are very few visitors, less than 5 people. This location has been completely renovated but it lacks many basics. However, There is NOWHERE to purchase any food or water anywhere in the entire park.

Another location seen in the Video is DA DIE SHUI Waterfall. This USED TO BE included in the price of the entrance ticket more than 1 year ago but it no longer is considered part of the Stone Forest. Presently, the waterfall scenic area is under renovation. The Waterfall is located more then 30 km away from the main park. 2 years ago, you can purchase tickets for the waterfall ONLY for 18 Yuan but I have no idea what the price will be after the renovation is complete.

If you truly want to learn more about the hidden wonders of YUNNAN, please visit my website and see for yourself.


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I ASSUME that the writers and staff of GOKUNMING write these articles in an effort to inform the reader of an event or location of some significance in and around Kunming.

I find many of these articles lacking in vital information. In an attempt to be CREATIVE, the writers fail in being INFORMATIVE.

For example, the writers mentions Jiexiao Xiang many, many times but fails to tell the reader where this place is. Is it somewhere in Yunnan? Is it in Kunming? There are 5 districts in Kunming - is it in Pan long District? Or is it in one of the other 4 districts? Is there a major crossroad where this small alley can be found. Perhaps near Beijing Road or Guangfu Road.

I enjoy travelling and seeing new places and I research many of the places I visit. But I really would like to read an article here and NOT be left with MORE questions than when I started.

I ask the staff of GOKunming to please be more specific when writing about places to visit and give SPECIFIC directions such as name of town or village and county and prefecture when writing. Thank you.



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.