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Forums > Study > Private language school with less westerners?

Someone needs to drink a little pu'er tea and relax...

I think the question probably relates to being in a class with so many Westerners that the teacher winds up speaking in English (or French, Spanish, German, etc.) too much. Although the suggestion to immerse one's self in the street to learn language is a good one, it also takes some structured study to learn grammar, syntax and vocabulary well, especially in Yunnan where so many people can barely speak Putonghua.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Chenggong

The BBC article did a hack job in the section about Chenggong. There was virtually no discussion about the incomplete subway line, nor was there any mention of the other very successful Kunming project, the new airport. The accompanying photographs were awful, many of them shot with a fisheye lens that added nothing to the quality of the photographs. In all, for the BBC, it was a sloppily assembled piece.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Nude Italian girl on Kunming street

@Liumingke1234, It never ceases to amaze me how prudish the Chinese appear to be on the surface. It's a country filled with 10's of millions of sex workers. 1.5 billion people didn't just appear through immaculate conception. Those who are appalled and ashamed by other's nudity should reassess their own twisted view of the world.

Forums > Living in Kunming > New law targets foreigners' illegal presence

They can make all the rules and regulations the want, but until the rule of law actually exists in China it's nothing more than another reason for low level flunkies to trump up their sense of self importance and another opportunity for increasing the already rampant corruption.


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The Aholes in the "Don't Touch Me" vehicles, especially with white license plates (most likely fake) are a fact of life that none of us are going to individually alter.

My understanding of the history of car culture is that the U.S. Had similar issues with incompetent drivers in the post-WWII period when many first time buyers bought cars. The problem is exacerbated in China because so many new drivers have not grown up in motor vehicles and don't have a good sense of the time/speed/distance sensibilities of an automobile vs a bike.
Like so many other things it will evolve and (hopefully) improve over time.

As the title of your article indicates, the whole thing is a mind over matter issue. Try to do your best to let the craziness wash over you and remind yourself of how wonderful it is to be in Kunming and Yunnan. I, for one, miss it terribly, growing pains and all.

I just took delivery and flipped through the pages. It's well written and does a good job giving a bit of the cultural and regional flavor of Yunnan in addition to the recipes. The recipes provide alternate suggestions fo ingredients that may not be available outside of Yunnan. I've already bookmarked a half dozen to prepare in the next two weeks. (I wish the printing of the photos had been a bit better. They are a little too dark, but the originals were probably just fine.). Regardless, if you love Yunnan cuisine and miss it, this is a wonderful resource.

The Chinese government is under no obligation whatsoever to have any, "respect for the integrity of religious practice." Mao himself declared that "religion is poison," and that philosophy has served both theccgovernment of the PRC and Chinese people well for decades.

Patrick, well done. I know how much work goes into designing a new site and transitioning all of the content. It looks great. Thanks for continuing to build on this useful and informative site. For those of us who have some roots in Kunming but don't get back there often enough, goKunming is a great way to stay informed. Again, congratulations on a job well done!


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