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Forums > Living in Kunming > Getting a chinese driving license

1) There is a version of this floating around online. I used it with success to pass the test:

www.google.com/[...]

2) This is an online test web page some blogger in Shenzhen made:

www.shekouonline.com/drivingtest.html

3) There is no official rule guide that details the rules of the road,
in English anyways. Didn't exist electronically or in paper when I
asked my examiners in Kunming. So, mostly you figure out the logic of
the rules from the q&a.

4) I took the exam on a computer in English. It was only available
once a week. There are 100 questions, 60 multiple choice and 40 true
and false. I was allowed two attempts. Any score of 90+ means you
pass. The first time I took the test, I just glanced over the
materials and was only able to score around 85. I studied a moderate
amount for the next attempt a week later, and passed with 90 on my
first attempt.

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > Can Tourist Get a 3G/EDGE Sim Card Easily?

You just need your passport to buy a prepaid China Unicom 3G card.

There are plenty of China Unicom stores. For Kunming, staff capable of speaking a little English might only be found in the larger/largest store.

China Unicom works for the iPad. You have to do your own research if it works with the Tab. Coverage and speeds for Unicom is decent in most urban areas. China Mobile has the absolute best coverage, but their 3G network is non-standard so you have to make sure your Tab supports it.

300 rmb buys you a prepaid sim from Unicom. That's the lowest amount available. I forget the exact amount of data it provides you, but it's a few gigs worth and good for six months.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Place to rent a bicycle

If you need a good mountain bike for a day or three, then the place debaser suggested is excellent, but at 40rmb a day plus your passport or 1000rmb for deposit. They do have excellent well maintained bikes and are 100% honest. Their English isn't great, but they've rented enough bikes to foreigners, communication isn't a barrier.

However, at 6 weeks stay, I suggest you buy a affordable/cheap bike and sell it at end of your trip, that is if the bike thieves of Kunming have not solved that problem for you.

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Any hotel in Kunming probably can, but as you venture out to the smaller cities of China, you will find that many hotels are not setup to register foreign guests. When you get very rural, it's actually easier to find lodging as many places then don't bother with registration. The rule is still on the books, but most big city hotels can comply now and most small village ones don't bother. It's 3rd tier non-tourist towns where you tend to encounter this issue.

Wow, only 13 businesses lost and zero death toll. That's the best bad news possible out of a fire in old town. It could of easily been 130 businesses and worst. The might of the Chinese populace. 1000 for the bucket brigade.

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Most airports in China have the last shuttle bus depart when the last flight arrives. Whether they do this as a courtesy or it's a rule of law, I don't know. But it's very comforting.

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The 28rmb salad bar buffet is the best meal to be had in Kunming for that price. Killer onion rings as part of that salad bar! Starts at 5pm Mon-Sat. They don't restock a dish if it runs out, but it's rarely an issue because there are so many others and no dish runs out unless you show up past 7'ish on a fri or sat.

Their steaks are Chinese steaks, and not a Western level of cut of meat, but the Korean dishes are excellent.

The only reason it's 4 and not 5 stars, is I live far away, and maybe the quality of the steak. Of course it was only 50rmb for a steak, potatoes, and a salad bar buffet included.

Oh yes, the staff are really nice, but it's not fine dining, so they don't rush to take your order or bring out water. The place is more relaxed, so give'em a hollar or just grab a menu and some silverware yourself.