@shao1, that's interesting. Overall, out of all East Asians, I find Chinese people to be the most similar to Europeans in their attitudes to life, culture and many other things, even though there are considerable differences. Conversely, Russians act the most "Asian" of any European peoples. Therefore, given Mongolia was under Russian influence for a long time, it is hardly surprising that their culture has been influenced by the Russians, right down to those horrible Soviet style apartment blocks everywhere.
Seems that in Ulaan Bator, there are only two types of accommodation options: apartments and yurts. No one seems to live in a single family home. Then again, you can't grow anything there because half the year the ground is covered with snow and the temperature gets down to -40C/F.
While I did first come to Kunming in late 2010 (arrived in September of that year) and also started going to Salvadors, I didn't make it a regular hangout until sometime in 2011 when I got to know more people. I tended to prefer the French cafe and later, the New Zealand bakery called "Slice of Heaven".
I remember you only from this forum.
October-November 2019 right? Because I doubt you would have been permitted to enter Mongolia after March of last year (2020).
Anyway, I too agree that Mongolia sounds like a very interesting place to visit and once this nonsense ends I would be keen on heading over there.
You went to Mongolia last year? Must have been very early on in the year, before the borders closed. Interesting story and unusual choice of travel destination, especially for dating purposes though...what made you decide to go there?
Wow what a coincidence! I haven't been on here in weeks if not months and just a few months ago must have been the first time I've come on here in several years and now we have this blast from the past back, gaoxing! BTW why not call yourself that, or gaoxing1 or something?
And BTW snooty expats isn't just a thing in Kunming. All over China and SE Asia, particularly in Thailand, you have some of the snootiest most irritating expats who do nothing other than complain all day.