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Forums > Living in Kunming > Men's hats

I am looking for men's summer hats. Like quality straw panama hats. Anybody know where or how much?

Forums > Living in Kunming > Shipping Companies

We used Asian Express to move us from a tier 3 city to Kunming. Even though they have not presence in Kunming, they will move you.

Asian Express is a removals company that does international. They are very professional and what is more, responsible. In a previous move they mislaid something (non valuable) and actually checked all the links of the route and recovered it about 3 days later. Asian Express is double the price of hiring a local crew. A 1000km move with 30cu.m cost us about 25k RMB.

We used a local company when we moved from Shenzhen. Really just a guy with a truck and labourers. They lost boxes and really did not give a flying fig. I am sure stuff was stolen and the boss may have been part of it. We also had to arrange our own unloaders at the other end.

We have used Asian Express twice now and would definitely use them again. It is worth the extra money for the peace of mind.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Country of red tape

Q: Do you have any children from a previous marriage?
A: No.

Q: Do you have ANY children?
A: No that I know of.

The point is that it is easy to prove if you have children, but as a man it is almost impossible to prove that you don't.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Real Massage?

Echo the comment about Blind Massage.

Also look for practitioners in white coats, with medical charts on the walls. They usually display their medical cert on the wall, you can check when you go inside.


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As for going after the lower level guys.
The fat cats were milking other fat cats.
It is all the little lower level guys that make life difficult for the guy on the street, and expensive for those on low incomes.
It would be nice to think of an egalitarian round up (tigers as well as flies), but most people are plagues by flies, and are unaffected by tigers.

There are a lot of restaurants in our area. It used to be that there was congestion caused by cars parked at the side of the road. This was most nights of the week. Some places had exotic dishes and high prices.
Now the roads are clear except for festivals, and prices even a middle income family can afford.
You can draw your own conclussions.

Talking of construction. One solution is to build a new town from the ground up the adequate infrastructure. This was done in Dali and oops, Chenggong. Shanghai has also built a number of satellite cities/towns.

The accumulated debris is a problem and not all of it is trash, a lot of it is leaves, twigs, and dust/dirt. Often this can not be effectively dealt with until it accumulate. You can have teams going around clearing culverts and grids, but not every bit of debri that could potentially reach the culvert.
This is a universal problem.

There is the same problem in Shanghai and Beijing, the drains are not up to coping with the heavy rains, even though they come yearly.

Urban planning is often about sprawl, without the effort to upgrade the old infrastructure. The norm is to jus connect the new drains to the old. The new drains may even have sufficient capacity, but there is a bottle neck as water reaches the old drains. Until there is the political will to dig up and replace the drains in the older parts of the city (costly and very disruptive to local residents, traffic, and business) we will continue to see occastional flooding. It used to the be same in many towns in the west.



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.