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Forums > Living in Kunming > Failed international HS

We have high schools in the UK. We don't have junior or senior high school designations though. A lot of secondary schools are named .... High School.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Hong Kong visas for Chinese

@Janjal. I am not sure if the PSB office in Tuodong Lu is also an exit bureau. If it is, and you wife cannot get the documentation there, they should be able to give her the correct information. Q. Does your wife have a Kunming temp ID. This might also make a difference.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Open Water Swimming

Fuxian lake is 3 different counties. It is possible that the swimming ban only took effect in the resorts on the west side (due to ignorant visitors using shampoo).
It is possible that swimming is still permitted in HaiKou (east side), as a large part of the income of the village stems from water activities (esp swimming). Not certain, but possible. Even if not permitted, often bans are not enforced, after the initial period.

Forums > Living in Kunming > CNY Deliveries

I have just remembered that when Chinese New Year hits, a lot of couriers stop working. This means that if you buy online many suppliers won't ship until after the holiday.
If there are things you want to buy online for the holiday, or just things you are going to need in February, buy them now to avoid disappointment.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Where to buy a coffee machine

The Metro store in the North has a better selection than the south, possibly the easiest place to buy one really. Watch out for some special offers on end of the aisles, some may be more expensive but I have seen then come with a case of coffee.

GOME electrical appliance stores often have them, but they are often overpriced.
If you do buy from flagship stores online the after sales service is an added advantage, and you know you are not going to get a bad product (which you can get from small online shops).

NB If you are going to buy online, do it now. Once Chinese New Year is iminent, a lot of couriers stop working and so suppliers don't dispatch.



A thought on the aging population in China. We should not forget the economic changes that have occurred in the last two generations.
The people of retiring age over the next 10 years (50-65 now) are the generation who made the big money. What will they do with the money when they have time on their hands? One of the things they will likely do is travel.
This generation of middle class retirees is not the poor, financially dependent, aged who rely on their children for support. In fact many of them are supporting their children financially.
These people are mobile and rich enough to travel in a way that their parents could only have dreamed of. There are millions of them.

I would guess that the number of people who will be able to afford to travel by air will continue to increase, even if the population declines.
As for there being not a lot to do in Kunming, it has always been the springboard to other places in Yunnan. I just see more people using the springboard.



A reasonable choice of lumber that has improved over time. Fancy hardwoods like walnut, and mahogany are in abundance. There are some plywood and rubber-wood boards available. There are also some kiln dried imported softwoods and merbao available. Some of the lumber is very green, so look for the kiln dried if you need stable timbers.


Echo everything said by others.
Breakfast great and the serve from 8am. Most other places say 9am and they still are not ready.
Sandwiches are cheap 22-32, and really packed full of filling. We got some sandwiches for a day out, the only mistake I made was ordering two, as this was too much. These are seriously good sangars, and they are wrapped in alu foil.


In fairness to Metro, they are a wholesalers, and not really a supermarket. Hence the need for a card, which can be got around.

They have improved in the year I have been away. They now carry a more consistent range of imported foodstuffs and they also seem to have sorted out the mported milk supply.

They have a wider range of electrical appliances now, there is a coice of more than one toast. There is also a better range of seasonal non foods, like clothes, shoes, garden furniture and camping gear.


Quirky little store with all sorts of odditites in stock, which is a big plus for me. I see stuff I had forgotten I even liked.
A bit dearer than some other places, but any small independant trader will cost more than the nationals, even back home.
On the up side it will save you driving around the city, and that will save you money.
No shop is perfect, but this one is very good. A bit like those slightly odd little delis/specialty shops back in Blighty.