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Forums > Living in Kunming > Travel w/ Cancelled Passport?

I am a little confused. The “RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR FOREIGNER IN THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA” is a sticker, used since at least 2005, on a page in my passport.

The flimsy piece of paper is the “REGISTRATION VOUCHER OF RESIDENCE FOR VISITORS FROM OVERSEAS” which you get from the local PSB office when you do the household registration.

In June 2005, when I renewed my passport I was not given a new “RESIDENCE PERMIT” but was told to carry both the new and hole punched old passport. I did go to the local PSB office and got a new “REGISTRATION VOUCHER OF RESIDENCE” from the local PBS. I traveled in June 2005 with both passports with no problem.

In July 2005, I got a new “RESIDENCE PERMIT” in July and began to travel again but without my old passport. I had a lot of trouble checking into hotels and in Shanghai the police were called. It turns out the hotels needed to know the date of my last China entry. The police were cordial and advised I carry my old passport.

Instead, I flew to Zhuhai, walked into Macau and back into Zhuhai with the requisite new entry stamp. End of problems.

Forums > Travel Yunnan > Nujiang Itenerary

@alien: I agree. Riding the train or bus in the day time is a good way to appreciate the country. I would use the ride to plan additional trips based on what I saw.

Planning can be over done as well. Speaking pretty good Mandarin can be (or was 20-25 years ago) pretty useless in the hinterlands. I would start with a list of stops and then just go for two or three weeks. I found flexibility reduced stress and disappointment.

I got to over 90 cities in China with few problems by going alone and just going.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Fedex US->China

Here is the Kunming address I had the best luck with:

Jiang Dong Si Ji Gong Yu, Apt 1708
Beijing Lu, Panlong District, 650224
Kunming, Yunnan, P.R. China


Stuff was sent US mail and took about two weeks. The English was to get it going in the right direction. The Chinese address in Hanzi is correct with a phone number. Customs will call if necessary. These days you get a US tracking number but it was useless in China

I gave up on FEDEX as it was left in the university mail room with a few hundred other FEDEX packages in a big pile.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Metro: X-Ray Scanner and Aerosols

Really surprised about metro restrictions for carryon stuff. Airport security people are well trained and work in teams but not sure about metro and bus station Nazi wannabes. At least you can turn around and walk away and catch a taxi.

Some flying rules I have run into:

You can carry ONE cigarette lighter on your person. It cannot be in your carryon luggage.

There are restrictions on lithium batteries as well: size, number, and total watt or amp hours. In the US there are regulations but each airline has its own rules. I can, for example, fly with my power chair on Delta but not United.

Multiple spare lithium batteries for cameras and battery banks can be a problem.

Other items prohibited: tent pegs, badminton racquets, fishing rods, and tools.


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China and Afghanistan share a short border on an ancient trade route. China has closed the border and is resisting Afghanistan's requests to reopen it. Related to the Uighur problem it is said.

Try Yingjiang Daiweiyuan, 盈江傣味园.

昆明翠湖北路66 66 Cuihu N Rd,

This was my favorite Dai place in the Green Lake area, in the north side of the street across from the park. The place fills up quickly for dinner so go early. Never had Ghost Chicken there but everything was excellent.

My guess is that lowering poverty to zero is asymptotical because people are involved. As long as China maintains a $1 per day poverty line, the statistical eradication of poverty will always be impressive. If China adopts The World Bank $1.90 per day there would be a whole lot more people in poverty. Clearly that statistic would not be welcome.

I am not sure what "economic justice" is. Perhaps everyone that has less than someone else is a victim of unfair "economic justice." I suspect, however, that there is no such thing as quantifiable "economic justice" and the term will become an arrow in the social justice warrior's quiver in the struggle for equaity.

A recent tweet on twitter (complete and unedited):

"white women also owe women of color money. this is part of economic justice and justice in general. seeking the economic liberation of all women and the end of capitalism and patriarchy demands white women's accountability. this is possible. not neat or simple, but possible."

34 years ago, when entered China, China was a poor country with most people living under the $1.00 per day poverty line. The 100's of millions of people raised out of poverty in China reflect improvement to above that line. I leave it to you as to how realistic $1 per day is.

Since 2008, $1.25 has been used as the global line. As of October 2015, the global poverty line was updated to $1.90. It seems China is holding the long outdated $1 which is a lower hurdle.

I cringe when I hear of relocation schemes that move poor uneducated unskilled people, living at a centuries old subsistence level, being uprooted and forced into a cash economy. Incomes may rise a few yuan per day so fewer are "counted as poor" while the now "not poor" work at low wages. Real poverty exists in urban areas too.



Samoana is closed and the business is for sale. Contact numbers are posted on the door.

Good Luck Ruth and Troy and all the good folk that worked there.


Saw tigertiger's review and realized I hadn't stopped at Paul's Shop in a few months. Walked into Paul's with nothing in mind to buy. Walked out after spending 250 yuan.

Bought stuff not usually found in Kunming. I'll be checking Paul's much more often in the future.


Good for quality, but pricey, hand tools.

Be aware they will push whatever they are selling. Some of the staff have no idea about the technical side of appliances.

I went there to buy a stove. I repeatedly told them I would be using bottled gas. They sold me a stove. When I went to my local gas guy, I learned there are at least three kinds of gas sold. Luckily, B&Q did not deliver as promised. I went back to the store and discovered they had sold me a stove they needed to be hooked up to the gas main. I got my money back.

The sales lady was almost in tears, 没有问题!I don't know if it a safety or design issue, but I would think B&Q would know and care.


Last week had an 8:45am flight.

Subway starts at 9am. I have no idea where to catch an airport express bus. Eight taxis refused to go to the airport. After almost an hour standing on Beijing Lu took a black taxi, this dude drives slower than my mother, 120 yuan.

Flight back was delayed so I learned the subway stops running at 6:10pm.

Getting a taxi back was easy, more taxis than customers. Taxi was 87 yuan including 1o yuan toll, airport to Beichen area. Yes, he took a longer route than necessary.

Kunming imagines being a gateway for international travelers. New airport but hard to get to and from it.

World Class Airport, NOT!


Tonight "Peacock", a performance by Yang Liping (杨丽萍), to begin her world tour, 8pm, 100-1680 yuan at Yunna Haigeng Auditorium.

Saw this lady perform at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, in California, in 1995. Quite a good and interesting show.

I'm going to try to make it.