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Forums > Living in Kunming > Chinese driver's license

Hi, I'd like to second humana's request for the address of the driver's license exam center. I only need to do the computer exam as I have a U.S. license. Anybody know where it is? Thanks!

Forums > Living in Kunming > Chinese driver's license

Hi, I'd like to second humana's request for the address of the driver's license exam center. I only need to do the computer exam as I have a U.S. license. Anybody know where it is? Thanks!

Forums > Living in Kunming > OPEN M I C S

Hi a querie for you.

Where have all the open mic folks gone? Almost all of the open mics around town seem to be a sparsely attended this year. This is David from the Movie Bar and we recently received a well-deserved WTF review from someone wondering why at our open mic you could hear crickets chirping instead of would-be musicians giving it the ol' college try. From what I hear, its like that at all the other places too. There are a bunch of semi-pros around playing these things, but that's not why open mics exist. Last year our place was RAGING with folks clamoring to get to the mic. Spoken word, clarinet, hand drums, and bagpipes for cryin' out loud, all jammed together with the usual acoustic guitar playin' troubadours in awesome cacophonous harmony. We, the regular gigging musicians, MISS YOU! We play all the time. We want new blood, dangit! So, come on down to any of our places (although, I'm biased in thinking 1895 is the best of the bunch) and strum a few chords with your friends for free beer. You'll find nothing but accommodating atmospheres at any of the spots. Open mics in KM have been some of the most lively fun culture-laden events I've experienced. So come down and contribute, folks. We miss you!


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Hi all, David from the Great Apes. Thanks so much for an awesome night at the Camel and the Mask. Thanks to Dengling and Alex from both spots in making it all happen. Thanks to the Ferraris from Hell for putting on an awesome show. Thanks to KM for supporting local music!

I was at the protest and the police presence was pretty damn intimidating. However, the people were undeterred, even though the actual AMOUNT of people was quite disappointing. The government's measures to reduce the level of participation worked pretty well. The energy from the small crowd, however was really great. I did not participate for several obvious reasons, yet I was photographed a bunch and those pix ended up all over the internets. I'll let the foreign community know of the repurcussions...
I agree many many of the recent posts about the midguidedness of the protests. I think its possible that the Kunming populace could keep the factory in check regarding safeguarding the environment, so its better to for it to be constructed here. If its out in some rural area, there will be a less-educated populace with no power to make sure the factory is run according to environmental regulations. Local officials in more rural areas are easier to corrupt and there's a lot less press.

I'm a KM resident, my wife and I own a business here and I love this city, but I think there are much much much more pressing issues to demonstrate against in this country than the construction of a factory nearby.



This tiny little shop hidden in the little streets adjacent to Kundu has the best MiGan (米干) if not the only MiGan in Kunming. Its basically a Dai style fetuccini-width rice noodle that is either fried or served in a soup. I highly recommend it to those who turn their noses up (like me!) at MiXian. The owners are super friendly and one plate of the delicious fried version holds me over most of the day.


Thought I'd chime in on this one after having an extensive relationship with this hospital.

Fall of 2008, I manifested symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis. I knew what it was because my dad had had it and told me all about what symptoms to look for. I knew exactly how to find the problem and told the physicians at Kunming Hospital #1 to do the tests. They did not find the problem, even though I told them how and where to look. Distraught, I went to Richland where they promptly found the problem, showed me the results, and insisted on immediate treatment. Throughout the procedure, I got the feeling that I was their first case of DVT and that they were checking medical journals every step of the way. Treatment was successful. The private room I stayed in was super clean and I was treated with courtesy, if not curiosity. The entirety of my in-hospital stay cost me 20,000 yuan. For my father, who had similar treatment in the U.S., the cost was 25,000 dollars.

In an emergency situation, there is no way I would recommend this hospital in that it seems to be run by a lethargic monolingual skeleton crew that takes weekends off. If you know what you have and you want a clean place to be treated, I think its a good spot. One final "however" this article just as a reminder that you're in Kunming, where healthcare has LONG way to go.

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