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Forums > Living in Kunming > Model Train Shops

I'm looking for any model shops.
I am into RC and scratch building.

Which side of the Dianchi Lu is the model shop on, East or West?
Know any other model shops?

Forums > Living in Kunming > Where to buy E-Bikes?

New ebikes start at under 1500 RMB and go up to about 5000

Maybe as low as 1200. These are basic machines with larger wheels and a bit ugly. The batteries do not have a fantastic range, but this may not be a problem.
Advantages are that they have large wheels and pedals, and so if the battery runs flat they can be peddled home, the large wheels make this easier. They also lack expensive body panels, and so if you do drop them it does not cost as much to repair.
You can buy these anywhere, including supermarkets like Carrefour.

The next band is the 2000-2500 range. These look more like a modern Jap motor-scooter, with cheap body panels and styling.

Above this the motors get bigger and the size of the vehicle gets bigger, perhaps as big as larger commuter scooter would be if petrol engined.

Top price goes to those with the biggest batteries. There is one brand called FunYue (I think). The styling is very much like the italian Lambrettas and Vespas of the 1960s, with custom handlebars and lots of chrome work including light nacels. They also do different powered bikes, the strongest can achieve 60kph and a range of about 50+ kms. I think these are about 4500+ RMB.

Buying used, unless it is from a departing expat, it is probably stolen. Do you really want to support this industry. You will see that most local run the ebikes into the ground, and then some more.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Aftermarket GPS

Buying a car and need a GPS/satnav. Looking for an aftermarket one that supports maps for mainland China/Kunming and a system that is reasonably friendly for an expat.

I can learn destinations in Hanzi, but it needs to be a reasonably intuitive system.

Any recommendations?

Also, where is a good place to buy auto gps in KMG?

Forums > Living in Kunming > Country of red tape

I thought that you could not have joint nationality with Mainland Chinese.

But HK SAR/UK is possible.

As far as am aware, the only advantage of a Chinese citizenship is the Hukou, and this makes local schooling easier. Other than that, I can see only barriers.

Regards the certificate that you have no kids back home. As far as I am aware, there is no agency in the UK capable of (or mandated) providing such a document.
Probably the usual case of the admin person not knowing what they are doing. Try saying to the family planning that the UK Embassy needs them to provide a letter, making the request and it must cite the relevant regulations.

If you go to Shanghai you may find it easier.


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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.