Are you listening, Steve Jobs? BirdAbroad "It’s an Apple store! Or is it? RP and I went inside and poked around. They looked like Apple products. It looked like an Apple store. It had the classic Apple store winding staircase and weird upstairs sitting area. The employees were even wearing those blue t-shirts with the chunky Apple name tags around their necks." "We proceeded to place a bet on whether or not this was a genuine Apple store or just the best ripoff we had ever seen – and to be sporting, I bet that it was real. I know, you guys are laughing: an Apple store in Kunming? No one who doesn’t know me personally has ever heard of Kunming before. Kunming is the end of the Earth. It’s all true – but seriously, China warps your mind into believing that anything is possible, if you stay here long enough." That is so true. "When we went back to this store 5 days later and couldn’t find it, having overshot by two blocks, I seriously thought that it had simply been torn down and replaced with a bank in the mean time – hey, it’s China. That could happen. You have already guessed the punchline, of course: this was a total Apple store ripoff. A beautiful ripoff – a brilliant one – the best ripoff store we had ever seen (and we see them every day). But some things were just not right: the stairs were poorly made. The walls hadn’t been painted properly. Apple never writes “Apple Store” on it’s signs – it just puts up the glowing, iconic fruit." "Being the curious types that we are, we struck up some conversation with these salespeople who, hand to God, all genuinely think they work for Apple. " BTW there is a large two story high 'Apple' billboard on a department store, five minutes walk from where I live: Thing is, just like Kunming, Apple does NOT have a presence in this city. One can't actually buy Apple products in Xilinhot, just replica iPhones(with Android) and iPods. GO CHINA!!!!