have to agree with Greginchina. I got sick of slow and buggy programs like gladder and got witopia. I do have to pay $40 a year for it, but it's definitely worth it. I can listen to music on Pandora and watch TV on hulu, which are just for North America, and I can also visit any blocked sites no problems, and it's very quick and painless to connect.
It's true recently the Chinese gov is blocking more sites, but also bear in mind that some foreign sites block China because of hacking and spamming.
You might want to check out e-readers or a Palm device as well. I've enjoyed downloading ebooks to my Palm. I enjoy reading on my Palm b/c it's easy to change the page just by pressing a button and the display is lit so it's also easy to read in the dark. Of course everyone right now is raving abt the Amazon Kindle rt. now, but it's expensive and I believe the wireless ordering feature only works in North America.
I stopped going to Cacaja after I noticed the portions were magically shrinking with each visit.
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I'm an advanced student of Chinese who has studied at several schools around Kunming over the years including KUST, Yunnan Normal, and DongFang (Kunming College of Eastern Languages and Cultures), and
Tenwest has been my best experience to date.
I took a one-on-one class with the purpose of studying for the
advanced HSK, but
I changed learning objectives mid-semester to concentrate on improving my spoken Chinese and interpreting skills, and the teacher tailored the curriculum to meet my needs.
The staff at Tenwest was dedicated to helping me reach my language learning goals. The headmaster, Albert Yang,
is not just in the education business to make money - it is evident in both his words and actions that he truly cares for each individual student.
my friend had major visa problems with this school.
I can't provide any details abt my friend's situation b/c it's her story not mine, and I don't want to cause any problems for her, but I can tell you she was clearly not at fault.
One thing interesting abt KUST Northern Language Institute is it's not really officially part of KUST at all. But don't trust me on this - you can ask someone from the provincial Education dept about it.
However if you're having a great experience there more power to you. No matter what school you study at it's the teacher you have that matters.
This place has great, inexpensive Thai food. The only problem is that it can often be crowded, and you'll end up having to sit down on the sidewalk at a table with people you don't know (which can be fun, but it depends on what kind of mood you're in) I would especially avoid it on weekdays at lunch time because it's near a high school whose students pack the place out at this hour. For the same food with a far more relaxing and quieter atmosphere I suggest the Tai Lai on Wacang Zhuang.
Teresa's pizza has some good toppings, but these do not a pizza make, there are. They are not very tasty, the taste is limited to toppings+cheese+tomato sauce, and seem to lack some of the classic Italian spices that should be on pizza. I would rather eat pizza @ Wei's, Pisa, Rocco's any day. Their pizzas aren't great but Teresa's is even more lackluster.
Great Vietnamese spring rolls.
Good honey sesame chicken.
Salad is ok, but just iceberg lettuce, should maybe mix with other lettuce.
Really nice and relaxing atmosphere.
Looking forward to trying other menu items