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Forums > Living in Kunming > Hip hop music

De La Soul
Tribe Called Quest
Digable Planets
Jurassic 5
Beastie Boys (For the most part)
Biz Markie
Mos Def
Jazz Liberators
Grandmaster Flash
The Roots
Talib Kweli
Ill Mentality
Lauryn Hill
Arrested Development
Pete Rock
Black Eyed Peas (First 2 Albums)
Tre Hardson
Wyclef Jean
Aesop Rock
Queen Latifah (except for the song where she tells men not to call her and other women [email protected])
Jeru Tha Damaja
Ugly Duckling
Eric B & Rakim
Funky DL
People Under The Stairs
Heavy D
Slick Rick
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince/Will Smith (Ok Cheesy)

Just a small sample of many hip hop groups that curse little to not at all. I'm not saying there's no cursing here, but for the most part these are pretty clean, jazzy acts that have songs that focus on positivity and or social issues. Rap/Hip Hop is just like several people are saying, can be more like The Beatles or more like Whitesnake. Still might not be your cup of tea, but there is definitely hip hop out there that does not fit your definition.

Forums > Living in Kunming > International Driver's License Using Chinese DL

I have a valid Chinese driver's license, however my driver's license from my home country has expired while I have been here. I was wondering if there is any foreigner out there who has successfully gotten an international license using their Chinese driver's license that allows them to drive in other countries (i.e. America, Europe) Renewing my old license isn't really an option and I'd like to potentially rent a car when traveling.

Now I know China is not part of the U.N. international commission on driver's licenses, and I know there are pay services out there on the internet that offer this service. I am curious aside from these two points if anyone has successfully done this before. Gotten an international driver's license using a Chinese driver's license that allowed them to drive and rent a car legally in another country.

Ideally I'd like to do it here in Kunming, or at least in China. I have also seen many people offering the service on taobao, but there are so many choices and the prices vary pretty drastically. I have also read online that one should be careful when enlisting these services as there are many people making fakes out there that end up useless when you try to use them.

I have already read tons of forums on the subject so don't really need any potential ideas or conjecture about how one might get it done, I also know some people say that a Chinese driver's license can be used in certain states etc. I already know about all that stuff. I'd just like to hear from someone who actually successfully got an international DL using their Chinese DL and how and where they did it.


Forums > Living in Kunming > Romantic Dinner Places

Mangiamo Italian trattoria is very nice for special dinners. It's a little hard to find and you have to book a day in advance and it's a little pricey but as far as a special meal goes in Kunming it's certainly up there for western food. They are on trip advisor, there is a review that has address and contact numbers. Boss Steve speaks English


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@SSeminari Yeah man, it started out innocently enough about a year ago when there were only a few people out from time to time but in recent months it really has gotten way too out of control. And the fact that the Chengguan leave at the same time every day only encourages more and more people to come as they know it will be fine after 9ish. Now I think there are more illegal vendors in w.h.x. than legal ones hahaha! It makes it harder for anyone to get in and out of w.h.x. and makes being in w.h.x. more hectic, I suppose it's possible that scares some people from coming into the alley indirectly affecting Sal's business but really it's the noise, garbage and the fact that it's difficult to walk around anymore that is the most dissapointing about all this. The neighborhood has been hijacked. I liked it better when w.h.x. was quiter. Great chatting with you all about this.

@SSeminari The problem of regulating traffic in w.h.x. seems so simple. Your plan is a very good idea and I pray that it could be implemented ASAP. We have all had similar ideas, 'a gate with a card, members only, no through traffic' maybe even one-way and otherwise totally pedestrian. Everyone has talked about this for years but alas apparently it still is a little dreamy :)

The vendors are a big part of the crowd that you see when the vendors are out, from my observation the people that end up looking at their stuff were already walking by anyway and just kind of congregate and didn't come to wen hua xiang just to go to the 2 hour market, and as you said those buyers just buy cheap stuff and dawdle in the street making noise and are not spending much money in the shops.

Everyone agrees that cars shouldn't be allowed in wen hua xiang, I say start with the kids that park on both sides of the street selling stuff out of their trunks (because they figured out they can just shut the trunk and walk away and the cheng guan can't do anything to their cars) They now park in their spots for the night in the daytime and come back later making the already bad w.h.x. traffic worse all day.

There are at least four apt complexes and a police station in w.h.x. all of those places have cars that come and go. Late at night a good portion of the cars trying to get in and out of w.h.x. actually live there and have more right to be there than anybody as the man in this story was quoted as saying...

'at 10pm the racket is only starting. The noise interferes with kids doing their homework and elderly people sleeping." He added that the booths often block the way when he is trying to drive his car home.'

I know there are many other cars that shouldn't be there and I say get rid of them now, but if illegal vendors stop one person who lives in w.h.x. let alone dozens from getting to their rightful, expensive homes on a daily basis it's a problem.

Of course the vendors want to be there, they can sell lots of stuff without paying any rent, utilities, taxes, salaries etc. They are exploiting a weak enforcement system and they obey no laws be it traffic, commerce, taxation, sanitation, environmental or even politeness. They block the road for the cars and pedestrians with zero remorse or regulation. There is smoky shao kao sometimes now and kids with powered subwoofers playing disco music and garbage, garbage, garbage and endless car horns honking. This isn't Khao Sarn road ya'll. A few hundred people have homes with windows that face the street.



I forgot about this little place for many years, but the other day I was in the mood for hotpot and decided to take a look at the menu. Being vegetarian I was under the impression that they wouldn't have much in the way of veggie options but to my delight they have a veggie set meal and many good options which you can order individually. I feel silly for not having checked earlier. Of course much of the menu has meat options and you can get the split hotpot bowl so everyone can have what they want. I'll definitely be adding this into the rotation. Nice little option right in Wen Hua Xiang.


Love this place. One of the best hidden gems in Kunming. The food is all clean and locally sourced and made with creativity and care. The building is interesting and if weather is good sitting outside is awesome. The homemade tofu skin is to die for as well as most of the other dishes on the menu. They also have a lot of very interesting seasonal specials that keep things interesting. Word on the street is that they aren't doing super well these days though. I hope this old favorite gets a new wave of love!


I love this place! I found it on Baidu maps last October and have been going quite regularly since then and have seen marked improvement in my archery skill. It's so nice to have a new cool thing like this to do in Kunming, and so conveniently located! (For me anyway) It is worth noting that in order to practice there you will need to take a class with the owner to get you familiar with the gear, technique and safety and that this instruction is only available in Chinese. Without this initial class he won't let you practice there unless you can somehow prove that you are already a skilled archer so you'll want to go with a friend that speaks good Chinese if you aren't fluent. 50 kuai an hour for non-members, 30 kuai for members. Membership requires putting some money in an account there, think it's around 200 kuai. The initial class is included in the hourly rate. There are an assortment of different difficulty levels of bows so beginners, kids, and people with lower strength levels can get in on the fun too. Great place for a date! Rule #1 Never, ever dry-fire a bow without an arrow in it!


Nice place, a little hard to find the first time but just give a call and they'll help you find it. Really enjoy the quiet locale and the pizza is really good. Great job!


Good food, nice staff, clean and tasty! Will go there often.