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Forums > Living in Kunming > Entrepreneur in Kunming?

The business environment is what it is. I find that it's usually easier to make money in an unfair and hostile environment as the deep pocketed competitors tend to shy away from this market. The key is to be able to navigate in said environment to a point where you can make money where your competitors can't. Usually the main problem for foreigners is the language barrier. Once you have that down pat, being a foreigner actually offers an advantage over locals. Ideally, you want someone with the professionalism of a foreigner and the connections of a local.

The one chain convenience store that I've seen is still tiny and not on the same level as convenience stores in say Shanghai or Guangzhou. The mom n pops are not really competiton, as these are the first to fold up once you build up any semblance of scale. You are right to visit the trade office for bigger projects as local officals are measured by how much capital they can bring in and thus very eager. You'd have to invest at least 10mil RMB. Any amount under that and they won't give you the time of day. Looking at the city and knowing what I know... this city will witness a huge transformation in the next 10-15 years not unlike what Shanghai has seen from the 1995 - 2011. Back then Shanghai only had one CV brand which was Lawson's and they didn't have many locations. People thought that Shanghainese suffered from brand malaise also... guess what happend in the next 10 years.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Entrepreneur in Kunming?

This is an interesting thread. With the growth that Kunming is expected to get in the next decade, there should be many viable business that can be done. For example, I've noticed that Kunming has very few convenience stores for a city of 6 mil. The key is what specific skill set the entrepreneur brings into the venture. For example, in the CV store example, it would help if the guy doing the buiness has 20 years experience with all aspects of this working at Christy's or 7-11. The industry specific knowledge is what sets him apart from the locals. My experience is that the big money is in execution and not the idea itself. After all, an idea that isn't executed is just that a worthless idea.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Paying Taxes on a package from the states?

Customs does random spot checks. Nattyg just had bad luck and happened to be the box that they checked. In general customs loves to check cardboard boxes, especially if it does not have store logo's on it as those have the highest chances of holding contraband.


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Kunming will never be a Shanghai, but it will be a regional powerhouse due to it's status as gateway into China for the South East. You will see major changes in Kunming in the next 2-3 years due to the tariff free agreement between China and ASEAN.



The menu selection is simple, but the pizza is great. There was a promotion today so I also got a free salad and a glass of white wine. A bargain for only 65yuan. I saw the rooms also and it looks neat and clean. Definitely a place I will consider staying the next time I'm in Kunming! Only thing is the place is a bit hard to find. More signage would be helpful.