Hope I could have read this post earlier. In November 2011, Kunming city formed a delegation group and toured several cities in US. We were able to meet with them and discussed about their Chenggong new town plan. It looks like in the current plan they are going to adopt the small street grid in Portland, at least in the plan they presented in the meeting. (I did not realize that something like this were already built during the meeting). This might be an encouraging development of this new town, at least for the part they are ready to build in the future. ( However, I heard also that the city government is facing oppositions to the small grid development from developers.) It would not be a surprise to me if actually your blog has made some impact here! Great job!