Kunming College of Eastern Language and Culture

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Electric Water Heaters

If you are thinking of going gas, you also need to consider the cost of fitting any extra gas piping, and getting it fitted by a competent gas engineer. Then divide this cost by the length of the time you will be living there. However, you also need to consider this is an upfront cost.

Any servicing, repair and maintenance should also be factored in. If you buy any imported gas appliances, you can also add a the lead time for spares to any inconvenience factor.

By contrast, once the electric ones are fitted they are usually maintenance free. And any competent worker can fit them.

Forums > Living in Kunming > TEACHHING IN KUNMING

It is only fair to warn you that getting a work visa as a teacher, even as a subject teacher (i.e. not teaching English), is difficult if not impossible at the moment. Especially in Kunming. I worked at a school last year. The new economics teacher, with an masters degree in economics, who has taught in China before, was refused a visa. She was from the Philippines.

An American teacher with a visa, could not get his Vietnamese wife a family/spouse visa.

An employer can get all the paperwork for you, to apply for your work visa in your home country. This will take a couple of months to sort out. But it is better to do it this way than find out you will not get a visa after you are here.
To be honest there are other Asian countries that are much more welcoming, who would be glad to have you.


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If you are going as a member of the public, be aware that in every show I have been to in Chin, exhibitors start 'breaking down' the stands at lunch time. I know it is open until 5pm, but many exhibitors will have already gone.
If you want to see as much as you can, you really do need to go early. Unless you want to buy tea or jade ;-)



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.


Quirky little store with all sorts of odditites in stock, which is a big plus for me. I see stuff I had forgotten I even liked.
A bit dearer than some other places, but any small independant trader will cost more than the nationals, even back home.
On the up side it will save you driving around the city, and that will save you money.
No shop is perfect, but this one is very good. A bit like those slightly odd little delis/specialty shops back in Blighty.

Mae culpa

I was getting mixed up with the other international clinic that was open on XiYuan Lu, but the block is now under re-development.

I blame the confusion on pre-senile dementia, and the resurection of a 3 year old thread.

Lots of nice big brand performance bikes but not good for those of us on a budget.