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Forums > Living in Kunming > Hiking around Kunming

Yunnan Agricultural University old campus is just twenty minutes walk from the nearest subway, or take 96, 128, 9, 79 buses. The latter two will drop you off right outside the university.

Make your way through the old campus to the back lane that heads northwards toward the mountain(s): Lijia, Xiao Caojia and Fenglingshan mountains. From the top of Fenglingshan you can see Songhuaba Reservoir over to the east. On a clear day you could see most of Kunming and immediately below is CiBa, but right now, just settle for being up amongst the clouds, mist and pine trees. A fairly steep ascent for between 30 - 60 minutes but then the summit and a range of options for where to head next. This time of the year plenty of butterflies of all sizes and colours, the odd snake and lizard. If you know where to look you can pick up wild ginger but ignore the mushrooms unless you're certain they're safe. Rain or shine, take an umbrella and water. Once you get to the top choose which way you want to go. There are numerous options lasting from a couple of hours to very much longer. My longest was 38km ending up down at the reservoir and back to what is now the Waterfall Park leading to the Panlong and back to Beijing Lu. I'm sat looking at it now and the clouds swirling around the summit are an amazing scene. No paved paths or steps. Apart from a goatherd, you'll possibly not set eyes on anyone for the duration. It's beautiful.

Post 888; a perfect number on which to retire from posting on GK. Next stop UK.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Watching World Cup

Competition and cooperation are not, and never have been, a binary choice for anyone. Obsessing about the merits of one or the other is merely another obsession. Nothing wrong with an occasional bout of obsession either. The problem is people obsessed with telling others that they, and they alone, know best.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Local Move of Bed

You mentioned the two homes were fairly close. These people will welcome the chance to earn money and my guess is that any distance from FengYuan Lu in the north, down to Beichen and possibly onward toward North Railway station would be doable at a price. Look for an operator with a battery assisted vehicle.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Local Move of Bed

Go out into the street at either of the two homes.

Look for someone with a bicycle with a cart attached to the back. They will move it for you and do it quickly and efficiently. I've done it this way myself when I borrowed a bed from a friend to accommodate visitors.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Maintaining a United States phone # in Kunming

I've had a UK Skype-in number for several years and never once has it been used. Relatives and friends of all ages at home use a combination of WhatsApp (+VPN at my end) and WeChat for text messages, video and voice. WeChat has proved most reliable if only because it doesn't suffer from being interfered with.


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Time, is, without question the largest killer. There must be a campaign to raise awareness, scare people to death and ban time.

These are sad events for both the victims, their families but also because of the slow demise of the elephant population. Legally, can elephants be 'held responsible'? I truly don't know the legal answer but my feeling is that they can not. While the text is clear in meaning, by using: 'as they are held responsible', it deflects from asking questions about where responsibility really lies and who, or what authority, allowed and continues to allow destruction of the natural habitat and can it ever be restored, particularly if they are treated as a tourist attraction for casual day-trippers. The elephants will never get their day in court, they'll be summarily killed, if only because the locals will need to defend themselves.

'I had failed her. And my heart sank with fear and guilt.': I can get close to empathising with that feeling. Prior to leaving Kunming, and after years of success, almost an entire class failed to reach the level they desperately needed. Regardless of the real external cause and the failure of third parties, the sickening feeling of panic and guilt in the pit of the stomach is real and can return unexpectedly at odd moments even years later.



Ever since seeing patients having teeth extracted on the street when working in Guizhou many years ago I've studiously avoided dental treatment here. So when pushed into a corner because a Thai dentist confessed to being unqualified to do a particular procedure I feared the worst. It was at least reassuring when the Huiying dentist confessed it would be tricky. Within 40 minutes, during which I nearly dozed off, the job was complete and the care surpassed anything I've had in my life, and all without any fuss.


My one and only impression is that Richland is a cash deposit facility dressed up as medical establishment with actors dressed up as nurses. The 'doctors' turning up late, if at all, for rehearsal.