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  • RegisteredJune 17, 2015
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Forums > Living in Kunming > Is there any cheap hotel(s) in Kunming?

@KuiXing: There is no licensing to accept foreigners anymore.
Even private individuals can offer their sofas legally.
You just need register the foreigner at the PSB.

The problem is that the staff doesn't always know how to use the system in those small towns, as they probably never served a foreigner before.

I once also helped a hotel in southern Sichuan to get the registration done in their system, after reading the how-to on lost laowai. It's really not so complicated, but one has to learn it once in their life.

Forums > Food & Drink > Price and salary development

I don't wanna judge here or start a class war, I'm much rather trying to make sense of the job offerings displayed at restaurants (even in the city center) which offer a salary of 2000 CNY / month and the living costs around here. I mean, how do these people live? Has it always been so hard for the uneducated to survive here?

Forums > Food & Drink > Price and salary development

I couldn't get around noting how expensive restaurants are here in Kunming, compared to the local average salary, and started to wonder if it's always been like this or if the gap widened lately.

Of course I don't want to complain, given the fact that I'm just spending a fraction here on what I'd spend back home, but I couldn't really make sense of the situation.

Therefore my questions:
How much, in your experience, did food prices increase during the past 10 years? The official numbers state that prices for dining out increased by 70 percent (or an annual 5.5 percent) in the ten years before 2015 throughout China.

How much do you believe salaries increased? The official numbers put growth rate at around 7 percent per year, stating that as of 2015, average monthly salary in Yunnan urban areas is at around CNY 4500 per month. I find it hard to believe those numbers given from what I've experienced so far.

Forums > Study > Study Chinese in the Summer

@mooonlight, there are many schools offering summer courses (e.g. Keats and Mei's Mandarin).

Alternatively, you can get a private tutor which might cater for your needs more flexibly.

Forums > Living in Kunming > What do you think about this video?

I frankly don't understand the haters.

If you walk through Kunming these days, you see banners stating the goals of the country: wealth. democracy. civilization. freedom. equality. harmony. rule of law...

These are goals because they are, as the government acknowledges, not yet reached. The girl obviously fights for the same goals that are advertised everywhere here in Kunming, her hometown, by the communist party. I therefore wonder who is the traitor. The girl or the haters?


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@Alien: Futures provide liquidity. This helps people who want to sell to find a matching buyer on the market - thus, it's helping society and the economy.
However, some people use them for gambling and hope for making money quickly, rather than invest conservatively and apply proper risk management techniques. Like this, they can lose a lot if not all of their money, which causes really sad situations.
If bankers do that because they know that they get a high bonus if they win and lose nothing if they lose, it causes a moral hazard harms society. This might be, as you call it, sociopathological behavior. To prevent this, most banks changed their bonus schemes after 2008 and deferred paying bonuses so that losses caused by sociopaths can be recollected from their accrued bonuses.

All in all, futures are not the problem - insufficient risk management and wrong incentive structures are. In the end, this boils down to a lack of education of many bank managers who don't understand important statistical concepts - like kurtosis ;)



Very nice place, very calm during afternoons and fun in the evenings.
It's also perfect to work or study while enjoying a cool beer. Keep the good work up!


Style wise, it's just another Sofitel.
The food is very average, same like what you get everywhere else around Kunming.
However, the prices are enormous - even compared to Europe. Sofitel Kunming charges more for a coffee than what Sofitel in Luxembourg, Istanbul or other large cities charge.
In addition, they have the audacity to charge a service charge on top of the advertised price.

It took me a while to cool my mood as the air conditioning is too weak as well.
Needless to say, you won't ever see me there again. If you want a nice western hotel in Kunming, go to the Intercontinental down at Dianchi.