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Forums > Living in Kunming > ADSL Sucks when it Rains

China Telecom maybe "off the hook" (I couldn't resist haha) for the rain/adsl slow down.

I used a very niche business isp in Los Angeles, and even they mentioned something about rainy weather...not that it really rains in Los Angeles.

From a USA isp:

4. On a completely different topic: rainy weather *can* effect DSL and dial-up Internet access. Although comparatively few people have any trouble at all, we do actually get increased trouble ticket activity whenever it rains for extended periods. According to the engineers, the reason for this is that the exterior cables that conduct the transmission tend to absorb some of the rain's moisture. In turn, resistance builds up and the transmission tends to slow down. If it seems your connection has slowed down, and indeed you've tested it at and confirmed the slowdown then simply power cycle the modem.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Tablets in Kunming

iPad2 with wifi/3g model and as much memory you can afford would most likely suit your needs. China Unicomm has data plans for 3g for your ipad.

Android tablets are still lacking in many respects, but most importantly in the number of tablet specific apps.

If your only going to be reading books, then a Kindle might be a better option.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Where to buy a decent bike

I second the above recommendation. Xiong Brothers. They sell moderate 2k rmb to very expensive bikes 10k+ rmb. Service is excellent, but at if you don't live nearby, then it's not of much use.

Most bike shops in Kunming that sell a majority of higher quality bikes in general provide a high level of service. This would include brands such as Giant, Merida, Specialized, Eurobike, Kronos, and UCC. Conversing in English though is the exception rather than rule. I suggest you just find one of these type of shops that you live near. Unless, you have a specific preference, budget, or recommendation, all the above brands have on offer a selection of moderate to expensive bikes which would all have good quality components for a general enthusiast.


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It's relatively new (1 year old as opposed to many) and further out. It does get busier on the weekends, but much of that is concentrated in restaurant row. If you're ever in the vicinity, definitely worth a hour stroll.


"But again, by saying GK avoids anything remotely controversial implies subterfuge, which is probably the most reproachable offense in journalism. Can you substantiate this?"

On your second point, that's quite easy. Simply take a look at which forums end up with the "thread locked." No one expects GoK to be hard hitting journalism, but we also don't want self censorship or reading stuff that follows the party line.

I think Scally made an honest mistake. As usual, the cover up ends up worse than the crime. He has apologized publicly, profusely and personally to ludwig. I'll still look forward to Scally's articles.



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.


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.