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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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Regarding the roads, my impression was the opposite. I left Vientiane for VV via bus and found the road ok. From VV to Luang Prabang the road was quite miserable.

Nothing better than floating down the river with some of your friends; however, avoid the bar with the giant concrete slide. A Swiss guy drowned last year after using the slide, and it's cause innumerable other injuries to party-goers. Also, the tube doesn't make up for not being a good swimmer.

Very happy that poor kids are getting a free meal at school...Very sad they are forced to eat spoiled food at times.

I think the children should be given 3rmb food vouchers to be spent with the local chefs and vendors outside the school. No more troubles for the schools to operate a kitchen, and the children can decide with their pocketbook (aka vouchers) which vendors food tastes best. If no food vendors can make decent food for 3rmb per child, then the gov't knows why the schools are forced to use rotten stuff at times.



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.