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Forums > Travel Yunnan > When is it recommend to visit the rice terraces?

Here is some info:

Many say after spring festival when the terraces are flooded and before they are planted. The water at sunrise and sunset reflects the sky and any colors you are lucky to have.

That is when I went but the farmers were burning last years left over plant material making a lot of smoke, not so good for photos.

Best is to hire a car and driver to get to the various viewing spots.

This link has a review "3 Days in Yuanyang Rice Terraces (元阳梯田)" which will give you a good idea, with photos, of what to expect.

Best to set out before dawn. I liked to use a tripod to capture the light changing but it is crowded and people kick it as they try to take the same shot. (I switched to a really good mono-pod which I highly recommend in Chinese crowds) I took more tan 4K photos in 4 days. Bring extra memory cards.

Also, during the day time, consider markets. In Yuanyang, the local minzu, Yi, Hani, Eastern Dai, make great and colorful photos. The faces, old and young, are beautiful!

Forums > Living in Kunming > Proof that we can't leave

U.S. Embassy in Beijing has issued a "Security Alert – Heightened Risk of Arbitrary Detention."[...]

In Part: "Event: Exercise increased caution in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws for purposes other than maintaining law and order. This arbitrary enforcement may include detention and the use of exit bans."

U.S. citizens may be detained without access to U.S. consular services or information about their alleged crime. U.S. citizens may be subjected to prolonged interrogations and extended detention for reasons related to “state security.” Security personnel may detain and/or deport U.S. citizens for sending private electronic messages critical of the PRC government."

Forums > Study > Internship for international students

Finding a position that would satisfy as ACCA work experience is problematic. I am sure to work as an accountant in China requires that you be licensed. Without sufficient university credit and passing some testing requirement, in Chinese, the odds of getting a work visa is nil.

I inquired about a China accounting license but the response was vague enough to make me conclude the answer was negative. I have multiple degrees. Math, Economics, Accounting, MBA, am a CMA and passed the California CPA exam in my first sitting but never worked for a CPA firm. I taught US, UK and China GAAP as well as IFRS. This was not enough for a license.

Your best bet would be to try to hook up with a major accounting firm in Beijing or Shanghai.

Conversational 普通话 is grossly insufficient to deal with the Chinese vocabulary of Accounting.

Also, now may not be a good time to be going to China due to the virus situation.


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Here is a translation of the list of banned dogs:
1. Tibetan Mastiff
2. Bit Bullfight
3. Dogo Argentina: i
4. Brazilian Fira
5. Japanese Tosa
6. Central Asian Shepherd Dog
7. East Sichuan
8. Soviet Russian Shepherd Dog
9. German Shepherd
10. Bull head
11. Mastiff
12. Casello, Italy
13. Great Dane
14. Russian Caucasus
15. Italian twisted Boliton
16. Stafford
17. Afghan Hound
18. Boeing
19. Weimar Hound
20. Canidae
21. Blood Hunting Hound
22. Masianji
23. English Bulldog
24. Akita
25. Newfoundland dog
26. Bellingdon
27. Kelly Blue
28. Chinese Rural Dog
29. Soviet Red Dog
30. Kunming dog
31. Doberman
32. Belgian Shepherd Dog
33. Rottweiler



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.


Not so good. Kimchi had a very sour taste. Other food was nothing to brag about. I don't think I would go back.