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  • RegisteredJune 2, 2010
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Forums > Living in Kunming > Buying a Kindle in KM

You would not even be able to get the new Kindle in the US right away, so your chances of getting a genuine product right now here in KM are pretty slim.

I had seen them on offer on taobao — before the Kindle Paperwhite had even been announced by Amazon. Buyer beware.
Plenty of other ebook readers available at the computer malls near 121大街.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > passport name and ticket name

I once travelled on a ticket (booked by phone) that had my first name as Luduuig (w = double 'u', geddit?). That was in Europe a long while ago.

In China, they seem to be pretty used to reversed first and last names as well as truncated spellings.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Water pressure troubleshooting

That sounds like a very Chinese recipe for me. It works, so it must be good.

Who cares that you just put a whole lot of toxic chemicals into your water supply. And possibly burned away the sealing inside your hot water boiler.
Looks clean, of course. Must be ok then. Particularly for that price.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Why I Now Hate B&Q and Toto

"The pump, which is about the size of a dead hedgehog, is basically silent and once installed requires no maintenance."

— until it dies.

Ours blew up just a few days ago, noxious fumes coming from it. Disconnecting the electricity stopped worse things happening, but it now is as useful as a dead hedgehog. Nothing lasts very long here.

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Nadam is held every three years on December 13th, the next time actually this year: www.yunnanexplorer.com/festivals/nadam/

Like many festivals in the province, it is now a ticketed event with show, Mongolian feast and some riding/wrestling/singing competitions. Judging by the construction work of their show stage they are planning to make it even bigger this year.

Another Yunnan Mongolian festival is the Lubanjie 鲁班节, honouring the god of carpentry, sometimes held in 西城 village at the beginning of the fourth lunar month www.yunnanexplorer.com/festivals/lubanjie/. But when I once showed up for it, villagers were almost unaware that it was the day of a traditional ceremony.

This is the third time this very article is hitting my inbox in as many days as it is republished on various sites. It reads like a review one would do for money/exchange for reciprocal friendly review. Some might call it spam.

I guess I will never know if this book is actually worth reading or whether the author just seeks a lucrative consulting job as at over $100 it seems a bit pricey. No digital preview on Amazon either - what do they have to hide?

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It is rare to find good approximations of western food anywhere in China and their lamb-chops (listed as lamb T-bone steak or so) were the best I have found so far. They came with good fries and the beer was cold. I liked the way that they serve the gloopy 'black-pepper sauce' separately, so one can just skip it. Pleasant and quick service too.

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A pleasant modern eatery. The menu claims the chef worked for a large Chinese chain of Thai restaurants, but the Thai aspect of the food is difficult to find.

I gave the 'boneless chicken feet' a miss and had some spicy beef which while not bad was closer to the usual Sichuan fare than anything Thai. A dog under the table quickly lapping up any dropped food complemented the Sichuan experience.

The spring rolls were not bad though and together with a beer the bill came to Y58.

Easiest improvement would be better rice.

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Easily the best bread to be found in Yunnan with friendly and efficient service. I have made detours to Dali just to pick up some bread on the way back to Kunming.