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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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@Ishmael: My impression was that the Bai of Heqing were the builders, making houses in a variety of minority styles all over western Yunnan, and Jianchuan was home to the carpenters who made the best window screens and eaves decorations.



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.