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Forums > Living in Kunming > expats paying taxes....

Here's a source, though it's just a screenshot of the Yunnan Tax Bureau announcement from yesterday:

It looks like there's now a 10% tax on rental income (there's something about 20% for 非住房, but I'm not sure what their exact definition of that is: second home? non-residential?).

It says you can deduct any maintenance fees you can prove with a Fapiao.

Not sure how this will stack up with other income sources for income tax. It's not specifically addressed in the announcement.

I've lived in other cities where the tax was 5%. Landlords were hesitant to rent to foreigners, because tax guys would hang out at the police station when they came to register. Landlords would try to avoid getting the income on the books in the first place, and if they couldn't they tended to insist the renter pay the tax in full, or split it down the middle.

As to how this affects foreign renters, it's too soon to tell. It depends on how and to what extent it gets enforced. Will the renting agents have to report every rental? Will the police stations where foreigners have to register forward contract details to the tax man? Who knows.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Covid testing, Anyone had one done in Kunming.

"I would bet you'll be the only one on the flight"

Absolutely not true. People have been cancelling some travel recently due to the new cases in Beijing and elsewhere, but every domestic flight I've been on in the past few months has been at least half full, with many completely full.

The test is now available at most large hospitals in Kunming. I got my last one at Boya a few months ago, and it was a very painless experience. Make sure you get a red stamp from the hospital on your negative test results, because... China.

I have not heard about any requirement for UK citizens to have a test for travel in China, but the specific rules will vary from one city to the next.

Since all this started, I have made a point of calling any hotel where I have a booking to confirm that they still accept foreigners, and whether they require any further documentation beyond the green health code.


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I was wondering about the alkaline batteries too. They recently removed all the trash cans with battery receptacles in my neighborhood. Based on the statement Dan quoted, sounds like they simply gave up. They were probably just dumping them in the landfill anyway.

"A more serious picker who spends most of the day searching for scrap could make more than ten yuan per day"

This is why, when I'm doing spring cleaning or otherwise getting rid of a lot of scrap, I just give it to them for free. My neighbors think I'm crazy.

AlexKMG: It's probably included in your wuguan fee. A lot of neighborhoods don't bother giving residents an itemized list, but if you ever see one, you'll see it's divvied up into things like grounds maintenance, elevator inspection fee, security, waste removal and whatnot.

@Anonymous Coward:

Of course it makes perfect sense that the city is mobilizing the entire paichusuo network and encouraging a few million people to register their bikes just so they can keep tabs on your visa situation. It's not like they don't already have that information sitting in a file at your neighborhood paichusuo where you have to register...

According to the linked article, you don't need an official Fapiao to register. The Fapiao is only used to establish that the bike is new and eligible for the higher theft payout.

This is an improvement from the original registration drive, where the bike couldn't be registered without a whole bunch of paperwork, most of which the dealers weren't providing.

As for Alien's comment, I was told that this raid was directed by the city government, while previous enforcement was done on the district level.

This next part is speculation, but I bet someone is in hot water right now for taking money to look the other way. All the vendors on Wenhuaxiang used to pay each night for their slots, and I'm pretty sure a large cut of that went upstairs somewhere, probably to the district chengguan.



Right next to my office, so I eat here pretty often. The place has a nice garden design with lots of outdoor seating for nice days.

A nice menu of Western food with solid brunch choices, fresh fruit juice mixes, and good salads. The burger is also very good.


Excellent Thai food served in a beautiful art deco setting. The bar is also top notch, with great cocktails, whiskys and cigars.

When the weather is good, try to get a table on the rooftop garden, which offers views of the Bird and Flower market.

May be a little pricier than some of the other Thai restaurants in town.


An exciting new gallery space built from an old factory warehouse in the Paoluda Creative Industry Park. Looking forward to seeing what they'll do with it.


A great little place in the middle of a beautiful valley chock full of great climbing spots.

The beds and rooms are very comfortable, though the bathrooms are shared, and of the "eco" variety (a plus as far as I'm concerned).

The owners are very helpful about everything from info on climbing spots to trip planning and getting around the area.

Also, the place is dirt cheap. I wholeheartedly recommend it.


I heard they revamped the burgers so I went there for one last night. Had the blue cheese burger. Total mess, cheese and carmelized onions dripping all over the place. It was awesome.