The classic Kunming pub quiz is being revived this week! Here are the details:
Where: Chapter One (Wenlin Jie)
When: Wednesday 29 Oct. 8pm
Organize a team of up to 4 members. No registration necessary, but if you don't have a team you're encouraged to come early and form one; also, if you arrive before 8 you can take advantage of Chapter One's happy hour.
There are four categories, each with 15 questions. The categories are as follows:
Winning team will win a case of Beer Lao, plus earn the right to form the next quiz. On Thursday, we'll post the questions and answers for those of you who didn't attend.
Come out! It'll be fun, and you might even learn something.
I'd say making the menu smaller and more interesting would be a major plus- maybe introduce something that isn't available elsewhere (shwarma maybe?)
Also, is beer on tap doable? It wouldn't have to be imported or fancy but it'd be nice as a change from everywhere else.
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First, let me say that you've made a good choice: Kunming, in my opinion, is the best place to experience life as an expat in China. Teaching can be very rewarding, though everyone goes through some difficult patches, especially in the beginning.
Nightlife in Kunming isn't as hot as it is in Shanghai and Beijing, but it isn't bad for a mid-sized Chinese city. For pubs, cafes, and restaurants, the area surrounding Yunnan University and Yunnan Normal University have plenty of places to hang out and is popular among foreigners. The Kundu area has the bulk of Kunming's discos and clubs, while there are various other nightspots scattered throughout the city.
Things to bring? For starters, deodorant can be difficult to obtain at reasonable prices here. Imported electronic goods such as iPods and Sony computers are heavily taxed on the mainland, so it would be better to sort out these things prior to arriving. If your shoe size is larger than 44, make sure you bring enough to last for the duration of your stay. This also goes for clothing of all sorts if you are of even average height and size by Western standards. Otherwise, Kunming is pretty well-supplied with essential living items.
Hard cultural aspects? Too many to name, so my only advice is to keep an open mind, have a sense of humor (as well as a sense of adventure) and don't be afraid to dive in head-first.
Good luck, and see you around in the spring.
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I've been to the Box II a few times, and the food is good, particularly the pizza, easily the best in Kunming. The pasta I've had is less than spectacular but by no means subpar.
Good atmosphere, quite nice for a quiet evening with friends or something more romantic. Not cheap, but not a bad deal considering the quality of the experience.