Wonders Of Yunnan Travel

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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.

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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.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Working two jobs

According to the law, you are only allowed to work at one job, and technically only one location. Authorities will usually let the one location thing slide if you are mainly working in the city where your permit is based.

The one company thing is a bit more of a hassle. Theoretically, you can set up your own company and work for other companies as a consultant, but I don't think this flies for teaching, due to certification requirements and whatnot.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Dog Friendly Parks?

The inner part of Green Lake is actually closed to dogs, as are most parks with gates.

Open parks which aren't divided from the surrounding streets are generally open to dogs.

The biggest dog-lover park in Kunming though is Jiaoye Gongyuan, which is next to the Bamboo Temple. It's a very big park, with a lot of surrounding forest, and totally open to dogs (lots of people bring them). The downsides are that you'll probably need a car to get there, and I believe there's an entrance fee.

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Nice. Here are a couple of nitpicking points:

- This is actually the third installment of the music festival, though it's got some new management this time.

- Fuxian is east, not west of Kunming

The hotline for fire is 119, but I'm sure they'll patch you through or send word along if you call general emergency (110) or information (114).

Make sure to note the highway, direction and closest km marker.

I wonder how much, if any discussion there is in the Yunnan govt about the composition of forests and how that affects forest fires.

Around Kunming and central Yunnan at least, many of the forests are full of non-native eucalyptus trees, which have evolved to encourage fires to squeeze out other species.

I can see why they planted so many of these trees. They grow fast, are highly drought-resistant, and the goats don't seem to eat them, so they were useful for holding the soil in place and mitigating some of the horrible deforestation the province has seen. But it's definitely time to start reintroducing some of Yunnan's native species, which have also adapted to long dry spells, but would hopefully be less of a fire hazard (and also promote the recovery of native plant and animal species).

Just a thought...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.