Forums > Living in Kunming > Recommend a translating service?
PM'ed a contact for you.
That official agency people are mentioning is really only useful if you need a notarized translation to hand into a government office, like an official translation of your passport or driver's license. Avoid them if you need to actually communicate something clearly.
Forums > Food & Drink > Cheese on Taobao?
This may be a bit higher end than you're looking for, but there's a French-trained cheese maker in Beijing who does some awesome stuff: www.lefromagerdepekin.com/write_en.asp
Also, why is no one mentioning Cantina/Laowai's Paradise?
Forums > Travel Yunnan > Finding a driver from Kunming to Dali
The Xiong Brothers might have a few tips for you, or even the number of a bike-friendly driver:
Forums > Living in Kunming > Local Move of Bed
There's also a truck/van hailing app now called 货拉拉. It works just like Didi/Uber, but you can use it to hire anything from a minivan to a mid-sized truck.
They'll usually include some basic lifting, and are generally happy to negotiate to hire another person or two when there's more work involved.
Forums > Living in Kunming > Working two jobs
What vicar is saying was actually correct, but that was in the past, and it was only for foreign experts (most teachers), not for people on the old work permits (people working in most other industries).
The wording of the law was that foreign experts could do other work for other organizations as long as the original employer gave permission, and it was all properly contracted and taxed.
The idea was that universities and research institutions were going through a lot of trouble to bring in foreign experts, and other institutions could make use of their expertise. These rules were written back in the early days of the reform and opening, so picture university teachers providing tutoring and expertise to the local government bureaus and state-owned factories.
Now the two types of permits are folded into one, and I'm pretty sure that rule is gone now.
It was still on the books about a decade ago when I was looking to contract out a large editing project, but the tax authorities had no idea where to even begin documenting it. It seemed no one was taking advantage of that rule.