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Forums > Living in Kunming > Their back!

I'm usually happy about shaokao on the street - yeah, would be nice if they cleaned up afterwards, but...

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Forums > Living in Kunming > White Rabbit

Y'see, Peter, Gracie Slick and the Jefferson Airplane were secretly planting memes in American heads for a Chinese candy company back in the summer of 1967. Now the Americans are all crazy, especially those who couldn't understand the song - but in fact there are also some who have strong suspicions of the motives of Lewis Carroll - there's a line in THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, delivered to Alice by some impossible creature that she meets, I think: "I'll believe in you if you'll believe in me."
That's how conspiracies start. I personally belong to several, and you're welcome to sign up on the basis of the above quotation.

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Passport waived at hostel. Good, bad or ugly?

Simplest to ignore the issue, it rarely if ever leads to any problems of note, at least for the traveler. The local person or hotel manager will be much more aware of possible problems than you will and will act accordingly and sensibly. Technically, I think you're right: legally you must be registered where you are staying, but I have successfully talked my way around such issues more than once. If you rent a flat, however, you will likely have a problem when you go to renew your visa, if you do not register at the local copshop.

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Cannot say I knew Ai Yong, although I met him a few times. However, I'm familiar with Shanren, and just last Saturday became aware of Kawa - friend of mine and I, hearing the recording, were trying to figure out just where it was coming from; we asked and were told it was Kawa, and then I got the obvious, excellent Wa influence.
There are beginning to be quite a few good musicians here in Kunming, and they deserve respect. Sorry to hear that Ai Yong will not be among those who will continue to produce and invent the music.

So he suggested truce and then figure out what to do next. OK, as far as it goes.
Seems to me the problem is the Myanmar military, who've had over 60 years of experiences of privilege, corruption, uselessness and/or brutality and who have yet to be reduced to the level of ordinary people. Should have had the hell reduced out of them many years ago.

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As near as I can remember, they haven't had anything new on their menu in 13 years. Full meal consists of chicken steak, with or without mushroom sauce.
Sandwiches are okay. Service is generally poor, and they seem to be understaffed.

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Not quite what you'd call a jumping place, but not bad at all for rather standard US-type meals, not overly expensive, and with a really good salad bar that's cheap, or free with most dinner dishes after 5:30PM. You can get a bottle of beer or even wine if you really want to, but I've never seen anybody do it - maybe that's just to take out. Chinese Christian run, and they hire people with physical disadvantages, who are pleasant and helpful. Frequented by foreign (mostly North American) Christians and Chinese Christians - was started by a Canadian couple associated with Bless China (previously, Project Grace), who are no longer here, but no religious pressure or any of that. Steaks are nothing special, and I avoid the Korean dishes, which I've had a few times but which did not impress me.

As a shop and bakery, it's very good bread at reasonable prices, of various kinds (Y18 for a good multigrain loaf that certainly weighs well over a pound. Other stuff too, like granola and oatmeal that is local, as well as imported things, including American cornflakes and so forth, which some people seem to require.

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Large portions, seriously so with the pizza, which is Brooklyn/American style, I guess. Convivial, conversational, good place to drink with good folks on both sides of the bar, especially after about 9PM.

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Really good pizza and steaks. The wine machine fuddles me when I'm a bit fuddled, & seems unnecessary. Good folks on both sides of the bar.