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Forums > Living in Kunming > Kunming Cultural Events Not Listed

debaser - yes it is realistic to expect this. Why? Because if GoKunming is a place that lists events that people want to see, it will increase the people that visit the site. In turn this will increase the number of people that view the advertisers in the "Events" section and enrich both the website and the advertisers.

To be honest, if I was working for GoKM, I would redesign their Events section and calendar. With the Events side bar that appears on every page I would categorise into sections (maybe one for "At bars/restaurants", one for "Cultural", one for "Music" or some other categorisation). Then only list the name of the bar/restaurant/event, with more information available when you hover over the link i.e. a popup window stating the details (like the "From The Web" section on the homepage).

This would:

1. Make the Events side bar less wordy and cluttered (which is hard to read with so much info and doesn't list all events anyway - i.e. today there are 4 Other events which you have to go to the calendar to see, users could essentially view all events on one page unless there are 40 events in one day)

2. Enable people to hover over their favourite places still to see whats on (e.g. like Orielly's to see what sport they are showing today)

3. Provide a clearer breakdown to viewers who are only interested in particular sections so don't have to read through everything to find to the one they want - which invariably they won't so people will miss events of interest.

On their Calendar page, move the calendar to the top centre instead of a sidebar on the right. Stretch the wording across for each event - effectively you will be able to list more on a single page instead of having them squashed into a thin strip down the middle.

But hey, I am just a software designer, what would I know :-)

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > get from Hekou to Kunming

Jian Shui is quite nice actually, I would recommend it too! Its got a sort of "fake" old town which is less fake than others I have seen and isn't frequented much by tourists. There are some fairly pricey attractions there (e.g. the Confucian park I think was 60 kuai when I went... wooo... hen gui) but it was really really nice inside and totally photogenic. Actually even the fake old town is really nice to walk around and they have a big gate building at the end of the old town main street which is actually authentic and very cool. So yep, I can also recommend!

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Kunming sucks the life out of me...

Hey BillDan, I just came back from Metro and guess what they had! HAM! I was pretty shocked!

Its from Shanghai, labelled "French Ham" and looks like the sort of ham we have for Christmas. At 85 kuai for 3.5kg of the stuff, it doesn't look like too bad of a deal, particularly if you are a big ham eater like yourself. If you want to find it, go to the "Delicatessen" part of the cold section nearby the cheeses. It does have a number of preservatives and what not in it though, not sure if the same as you would get in the west, you might want to check it out.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Kunming sucks the life out of me...

No no, I wasn't being sarcastic!

Actually, I think its a kind of reverse therapy for anyone that reads it, we all kind of identify with you a little and go "Ha haa, so true!". Maybe the things you say just bother us a little bit and we don't know really how to form them into meaningful thoughts, but you enunciate them so clearly that when we read them we actually feel better! So, in fact, you are doing many lao wai a favour here, letting us privately blow of steam and recognise our own thoughts and feelings on different subjects... though yours are a little more extreme than mine!

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Kunming taxis

Strange, I have never not been picked up by a taxi! I smile and wave one down, they stop and are almost always pretty happy to take a foreigner. My Chinese isn't excellent but I can usually make it known where I want to go and they are happy and usually try to make a little conversation in Chinese. I also tip them because I hear they sometimes don't pick up foreigners so this is a little bit of encouragement!

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I saw what I am almost sure was a black bear in Cangshan about 3 weeks ago. I was walking the cloud path, the northern part past Zhonghe temple towards the road leading down to the 3 pagodas. The first thing I heard was a loud angry grunting sound from something LARGE, as I was rounding a bend, the sound from behind. Being by myself (not making much noise on the lookout for birds) and not knowing what it was it was a bit of a brown pants time. So I legged it for a few hundred metres and got to the point where I could look back, to see a large black shape through the first line of forest through the trees. A couple of days later I saw a sign on the southern end of the cloud path that said black bears roamed Cangshan...

I aren't in Kunming for the foreseeable future, just left.

Clearly you aren't interested in answering the question, I withdraw it in the face of the inane/inept responses that you have provided. I suggest you stop telling others how to think/behave if you can't provide thoughtful, respectful advice/experience yourself.

Any plans to use the plants they scoop up for power generation and fertiliser?

They may not wish to use the plants as a fuel source though - creating an industry based on the stuff you want to eradicate e may mean you never eradicate it...

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Yep, pretty good. Fairly authentic, they have the special Vietnamese basil and mint to add to your bowl, making the taste close to authentic. Currently large bowl of beef pho on special for 15 kuai, which is damn good value. Even at 25 kuai its not bad, though locals will definitely prefer an 8 kuai la jiao oily mess, this makes for a very good change. Decor is awesome, the boss is nice, the waiters a bit slow but sure to improve. I recommend if near the city centre, worth the small side trip.

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Wow, just wow. Possibly the best Chinese food I have had in Kunming. And in one of the nicest, traditional courtyard style restaurant I have been in. A woman dressed in traditional qi pao playing a gu zheng just adds to it.

We had okra, mushroom soup, dried beef and chou dofu. All top notch with the bill coming in at just over 250 kuai. But we could have fed 3 people for that so not too bad at about 80-90 kuai each. Not the cheapest but for the quality, it's damn good.

If you have people visiting and want to take them to a traditional Chinese style restaurant with Yunnan style food, or want a romantic night out with a gal, you can't go wrong here. Close to Green Lake (down a little alley) for a romantic walk... Just perfect.

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Pretty good place for getting all your documents translated and/or notarised. Note that there are a number of notaries in the building which you can find by going up the stairs (the elevators are impossible). But you have to find the stairs to do so... go in the door, head over to the right, go up the big wide stairs which head up a floor, turn right then right again into the elevator area and right again into the stairwells. Whew!

One point off for the elevators never being available and having to hike 7-9 flights of stairs (not good if you have to go 3-4 times a day like I often did!)

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This does not stop at the Jinanya hotel at Da Shang Hui as the flyers state (and is on the images tab here). They need to have another stop in the same area or else they are missing out on covering a big chunk of the city.

You can take another bus, the 919C, I believe, if you are nearby Da Shang Hui, which leaves from the bus station on HeHong Lu, nearby the Qianxing road intersection. This bus goes every hour and is white, found at the western end of the station. It is operated by a different company and takes about 1 hour 10 minutes to get to the airport due to a large number of stops especially near the airport.

Great bus though if you can catch it!