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Forums > Study > Another Visa thread : Visa extension for students

The problem with FAQs, is that they only really work when the answers are static. The visa issue has been a bit fluid over the last 3 years, and is still open to evolving interpretation by the powers that be. Or so it seems.
The student visa situation right now is a case in point.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Reporting to Local Police after Overseas Trips

The sad truth is that the original aim, to reduce the number of those working here illegally, may have had the opposite effect.
By making it so much harder for people to get a work visa it may have actually increased the number of those working in China illegally. The criminal checks from some countries are unobtainable, and in other countries the systems can be worked around.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Does your gf pay rent?

The family issue becomes relevant if you marry. However, if your g/f has brothers, they will normally be expected to bare the largest part of the cost.
Why? Because the wife is seen as becoming part of the husbands family. However, the one child policy has muddied the waters on this one. My wife come from a larger family that pre-dates the one child policy. Her brothers are taking the main responsibility.


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A western version of a Li Bai poem can be found on the Vangelis Album 'China' and follows.

"I take a bottle of wine and I go drink it among the flowers.
We are always three ... counting my shadow and my friend the shimmering moon
Happily the moon knows nothing of drinking, and my shadow is never thirsty
When I sing, the moon listens to me in silence. When I dance, my shadow dances too.
After all festivities the guests must depart. This sadness I do not know.
When I go home, the moon goes with me and my shadow follows me"



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.