We moved to Kunming in 2005 after three years in Xi'an
(and before moving to Xiamen).
There were many things we loved about Xi'an, but we missed seeing blue skies, and we got very tired of coughing
every morning because of the pollution. After spending two weeks in the
hospital with pneumonia (January 2005) we
decided it was time to look for "bluer skies" and we found them in Kunming
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I've taught or studied in), and
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The main plaza
downtown is a wide car-less street with shops of every description. This beautiful gate is flanked by KFC and Parkson's on one side,
and Pizza Hut on the other. Two of the three McDonalds in Kunming are also
on this plaza. Not far from the gate, you can find a fountain (next
When we lived
here, Vivian used her extensive
administrative experience to serve as the (volunteer) administrator of the Jian Hua
representative office in Kunming. Jian Hua has dozens of associates in Yunnan who serve as teachers, doctors, community health workers,
agricultural and small business experts, child-care (orphan) providers,
and much more.
fountain/sprinkler is very popular when Kunming's hot sun is out in force. In the background you see the
city's biggest mosque, and St John's is just to
the left (not shown). This attractive view is now gone, since a new
department store/movie complex stands between the mosque and the fountain
(above, below and right) A key focus of activity in Kunming is the beautiful
Green Lake Park
(near the major
universities). Russian sea gulls have been spending the winter here
for decades. (For a better photo, see our Free
Wallpaper page.) The area is a great place to entertain visiting
friends, like Michael's long-time friend Jimmy (right) from
their days at Xiamen University.
(below) Kunming has
several Wal-Marts and Carrefours, as well as other large Chinese or
international markets, but the biggest market is Lou-si-wan--a vast
wholesale shopping area with
everything from Christmas trees to clothes, and from shoes to plumbing
supplies. If a Chinese-made product is not at Lou-si-wan, it's probably not
available in Kunming. Below is the old Lou-si-wan in Kunming, torn down in
2009 when the complex was enlarged and moved to
Chenggong (about 45 minutes from Kunming).
Michael's first teaching job in Kunming was at YNUBS, just down the road from this temple.
Kunming is dry most of the year, but this was taken in the fall rainy
season (which accounts for the muddy river).
We were shocked on Feb 1, 2007
(and March 2008, shown below the 2007 photo), to wake up
and see snow covering the cars in the parking lot below us. Remember that
Kunming buildings don't have heat; in fact, businesses always keep their
doors open (even when it is snowing) to show that shoppers are welcome!
||Vivian took this photo in Green Lake
Park. I love the contrast of tulips and snow!
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