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Hi Bernie,

We used this company and they picked up our stuff on Thursday morning. We shipped some glass items and wood furniture and are a little nervous after reading your post. Is there anything that you could recommend to us for the pick up process that might help things go a little more smoothly (i.e., is there anything we could do to make sure the papers are in order from HK etc?) Thanks for your post. Let us know if there are further updates, and we'll post to let everyone know what happens when we pick up our shipment (in about a month hopefully).

Forums > Living in Kunming > Any Epat mothers that have birthed in Kunming?

You should check out Ram Hospital in Chiang Mai. I have some friends who live in KM who had a baby there less than a month ago. They were very satisfied with the doctors and the process in general. It's only an hour flight from Kunming, and it is much more western than anything you would get in China unless you go to Beijing (Beijing prices = same as US by the way). Ram is also much cheaper than Beijing, Bangkok or Hong Kong.

Forums > Living in Kunming > International Moving Companies???


Thanks so much for that info. I have been out of town and just tried to call your number but it was out of service. I assume that you guys have already moved? If you see this, would you please post another reply when you get your shipment in Toronto to let us know how things turned out (any damage, hidden costs etc.)? I am going to go ahead and set up my move with this company, but I'd still love to know more precisely what to expect on the other side. We don't have a delivery address yet either so that plan works well for us too.

Thanks again for sharing the info.


Forums > Living in Kunming > International Moving Companies???


Another question for you when you get a chance to respond: I got a quote from Air Sea that I was pretty pleased with. The quote did not list any US ground transportation costs though. And it listed the port of entry as Los Angeles (it did list the port of discharge as Raleigh). Ground transport from L.A. to Raleigh would obviously be several thousand dollars. I asked the representative clearly (twice) about where the goods would be delivered to: L.A. or Raleigh. He assured me they would be delivered to Raleigh. Did your estimate from them list anything for Canadian ground transportation fees from an arrival port to Toronto? And again, were they able to obtain the necessary export license for you? Thanks in advance for your response!



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This place is a little off the beaten path, but feels like an escape from the city in the city.

Hotel and hot springs, as well as regular (indoor and outdoor) pools.

The hotsprings and pools are located in a large courtyard/garden area around the hotel buildings.

Some individual villas are available, other rooms all located in mostly newly renovated two story buildings.

Most rooms have huge soaking tubs and separate showers.

Small but nice fitness facility with on site fitness trainer.

Very clean facilities.

Basketball and tennis courts available for additional fee.

Spa day rate: 83RMB (9/2007)


American owned, very friendly and VERY professional staff.

Very, very clean.

Almost always have some English speaking staff available.

I haven't had any of the beauty/nail treatments, but the foot massage is SO much better than anywhere else I have been in Kunming (with big, comfortable massaging chairs).

Frequent customer plans are also available.


A solid staple in the Kunming expat community...

The staff is super friendly and the food is pretty good.

Dinner entrees include salad bar in the evenings.

Some things to try:

Dinner: Lemon fish, Fajitas; Lunch: Chicken Club, Chili, or Chicken strip salad; Breakfast: American breakfast.

They have a great selection of fresh baked goods like bagels, granola, pies, tortillas, chips, cookies and hotdog/hamburger buns.

There is also a small section of imported products.


This place is REALLY good.

It's slightly more expensive than other western restaurants, but then the quality of the food also seems better too.

The dining area is small, but the design is very stylish and very western.

The Chipotle salad with chicken is GREAT and the desserts also looked pretty amazing.

If I could only eat at one western food place in Kunming, this would probably be the place I'd pick based on the food and the atmosphere.


This is a decent gym that uses mostly California Fitness machines, has eliptical machines, a lot of treadmills and good selection of free weights.

Membership also includes a wide range of classes (aerobics etc.)

The locker rooms are pretty clean, with hot showers, steam room and sauna.

Also has lounge area with free internet access.

Rates are ok, approximately 1100RMB for six months or 1700 for one year.

Personal training is available (additional fee: 100RMB/hour).

Staff is pretty friendly, but also frequently changes (high employee turnover).

Gym is located in the China Everbright Securities building near (near the Remin Zhong Lu McDonalds, on the same side of the street).

Go in the entrance on the back side of the building beside the entrance to the underground garage and take the elevator to 3rd floor.