Wonders Of Yunnan Travel

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The other day I noticed a large poster with pictures of all the forbidden breeds outside a vets clinic. The Kunming dog looks identical to a German Shepherd.

I noticed as well, after a noticeable drop in day and night long barking, that the three Doberman Pinschers that were kept inside a metal bar prison near my place have disappeared.

An acquaintance of us relocated his Belgium Shepherd to his parents place in rural Yunnan.

So things are happening.

I lived in Shanghai for a number of years, it is pretty humid all year round. The summer is hot and wet, and yes once you walk out of the door in the morning you know you will be drenched in sweat all day. The winter is cold and damp, with the damp getting into everything, bedding, clothes, even your bones.

Pay in Shanghai is much higher, but you need the extra money just for apartment rents and higher prices for entertainment.
Shanghai is a good place for work, entertainment, shopping, and transportation, but it really is living in the rat race. Shanghai offers a higher standard of living, Kunming by comparison is more relaxed and offers a better quality of life. IMHO.

CoVid experiences possibly affecting this could could of course come from many perspectives.

For example, those who are or have been in urban lock-down, may appreciate the prospect of going out once it is over - opportunities which are perhaps different in Kunming/Yunnan, than somewhere else.

If the survey took place during or after lock-downs in China, people will acknowledge this and it would show in results more strongly than perhaps otherwise. Appreciating what the city or region can offer beside 12h work days and big bucks.

Agree with all sentiments above. Absolutely love the climate here. Low humidity level agrees with me. Furniture don't rust nor get moldy.

When you visit other places in China, while mingling you tell people you're from Kunming or Yunnan, they'd often respond 昆明是好地方!And they are right.

I'd add Shandong is also a worthy destination to look into for those who haven't been. People amiability culture surpasses all provinces on average. The stereotype is valid.

JanJal, adding covid experiences, perhaps Kunming stands out more. Based on limited first hand comparison. Though I can't speak for outskirt Dali where showering is a rare, luxury commodity, lol.

"Survey of Economic Life in China"

If this "economic" is to be taken as in affordability, then at least for me it is a major point.

If I speculate this from local perspective, last I checked the local average salary was below the monthly automatic 5000 RMB tax deduction, so average Kunming resident gets by without paying any income tax - in many other country I would probably feel satisfied if I see the city and society develop even without having to contribute to it myself by other means than my own consumption.

There isn't that much industry here, but the benefits of developing society keep trickling in anyway, and this curve (or imbalance or whatever you'd call it) will ultimately show in this kind of surveys, positively.

It is perhaps same in some more remote places, where some farmers can make a small fortune with modern technology to help them.

Also curious about when this survey was conducted - would CoVid experiences weigh in it, and how?

I've lived in half a dozen cities/towns in China and Kunming is the one where I have chosen to stay. The weather, the "relaxed" attitude of the locals, easy access to the countryside and the lack of bad pollution are all factors that make this a decent place to settle.