Like anything, it's all relative to where you are coming from. I'm from the USA, so:
Kunming has some of the better air quality for a tier 2 city in China. However, this year is worse than most due to temporary (drought) and trending factors (cars, construction). So good for China, but still not better than LA, and not even close to Portland/Seattle.
Long story short, if you can get China Telecom dsl in a new building, there is a good chance you can get the new 6,8,12 mbps dsl. I currently use the 4mbps dsl with a good vpn, and can max out my dl speed to the US. If you use other companies or have a lan or cable based solution in your complex, then it varies a lot.
No black outs. Prior years some very minor brown outs for certain districts. Power loss is pretty rare, and would primarily be due to storms and downed lines. What you need to worry about currently is low water pressure. Parts of greater Kunming experience water outages. It's variable as to where and why. See this forum for more info: www.gokunming.com/en/forums/thread/5697/water_rationing
Suits can be made, but Kunming isn't known for it's high end tailoring. High-end men's shopping is pretty limited. Of course you could jot over to Hoi An, Vietnam and get a world class colonial days suit made for $$. I'm not the expert on suits here, as I brought all my own.
Is it safe at night?
Violent crime is very rare. Much less than USA. Petty crime doesn't abound, but it can happen as being white will increase your chances of pickpockets/purse snatchers. But overall rating, is in the high to very good for personal safety. Being male helps, but that's not specific to China.
You need to bring all your fancy toys and accessories and anything else you sort of been wanting. Kunming electronics shopping is limited in choice and pricing isn't great.
Last year, it was Zhengzhou's new CBD that was the ghost town making the news. I visited the CBD at the time similar articles came out. It didn't feel like a ghost town; just a new town.
These articles are always over-top. But how else are you going to sell an article full of google satellite images. Plus China changes so fast, not even the maps keep up, much less sat images. And if your writing from a desk in NY...well you got no chance of saying anything relevant.
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Never gotten sick once at Sals. Their food is TexMex, so yeah, not authentic Mexican food, but pretty authentic as TexMex goes. Burrito wrap has improved a lot. Like the draft beer option now.
If you haven't had dairy products in a while, and do eat here, best forgo the sour cream. Nothing wrong with it, in fact it's the best sour cream in Kunming, but if you've eaten Chinese for month or months with no dairy intake, your system will react to sour cream or probably any liquid dairy product not so well. Maybe that's what happened with nailer and tallamerican.
It's now 5 working days for regular processing. So I submitted my application a bit before 5pm on a Friday and was told to pick it up next week Friday after 5pm.
Cost is now 400rmb for a single 30 day entry. Or that was what I was charged anyways. There are no posted prices and its cash only with no receipt except for your passport pickup. That's like $65 USD.
You can pay another 150rmb for 2 day or 100rmb for 3 day processing. For 400rmb, they should process it in three days like they used to before, but now you'd pay 500rmb. The office is still like deserted most of the time, so why does it take longer now and cost extra. If you opted for 2 day, thats like $90 usd. All other neighboring countries charge like $25usd.
The rest of and cope review is still good for hours and location.
Far out, less people. Big enough to get lost in. Pretty and quiet near dusk. 20yuan entrance fee.
Like everyone else says, best Indian food in Kunming. They have lunch plates and dinner plates. Show up before 1pm for lunch.
They are on the 4th floor of the half empty shopping mall. Best way is too take the elevator past the KFC around the corner from Starbucks.
Most individual dishes can feed only two hungry guys, so order more if you are starving. Naan order can take care of one only.
Five stars for the food. Go with Yereth's recommendations, plus any vegetable the waitress says is fresh.
Beware that Xue Fu lu is one way, so many taxis have to take a roundabout way to get here.