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Forums > Food & Drink > non smoking

Unless things have changed, virtually all of the cafes and bars in the 北辰 area are non-smoking.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Answer to ' Kunming is OVERRATED'

I think the fact that so many people have replied to gaoxing's miserable, insipid, lame, moronic, and whining post with constructive criticism is indicative of the generosity of most of the people who live here, a major reason why I've called Kunming home for close to four years now.

Get your s*it together man. There are plenty of ways to get happy. And if that doesn't work, there are plenty of other places to try.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Exchanging RMB in Laos

Hey all,

Just a quick question. I'm planning a short trip to Laos, flying into Vientiane and working my way up back into China overland. I've been told that I can exchange RMB into Lao Kip near the border, but is this possible in Vientiane? That is, is it possible without being terribly ripped off by a less-than-reputable vendor? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.


Forums > Food & Drink > No Smoking at Salvador's?

Every time a smoking ban is proposed everyone thinks that it'll negatively affect business, will alienate too many people, and will ultimately be impossible to enforce.

And every time smoking bans become wildly popular and successful and businesses ultimately benefit through the infusion of new customers previously deterred by the smoke.


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I suppose I should have phrased my comment differently- what I meant was that while the Kunming shift change policy is annoying and probably somewhat less than ideal, it isn't completely illogical. When I was in Shanghai last month I asked a driver about the change and she told me they go one day on, one day off; so there's no real crunch time in the middle of a day.


Kunming's taxis are not even close to being the dirtiest in China, much less the world. Smaller cities across the country use vehicles that look like they've survived mortar attacks. Even in Chongqing, the cabs are so badly outfitted that ordinary speed bumps provide an uncomfortable experience for the passenger.

Actually, the taxi shift change, while annoying, makes sense because the period around 5pm-8pm is the busiest of the day. As a result, all taxi drivers want a piece of this time frame, explaining the need for the shift change.

Just as a point of clarification- the Prague Cafe in the north is now closed and will be until the 21st. Samoana, Wicker Basket, and Silver Spoon in Beichen will also remain closed through the holiday.


Not at all. My point is merely that with increased competition Yunnan may see a relative drop in demand for some of its agricultural products as imports from Southeast Asian countries rise. This is likely to lead to decreased revenue for Yunnan farmers, who still comprise a significant bulk of the provincial population.

My larger point is that free trade agreements as such create winners and losers and aren't uniformly positive developments.


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